louis vuitton mini lin croisette speedy 30smWelcome to a slightly delayed Edition of Tuesdays with Twiggers! Cruise season is officially upon us! Although if you are like me you are merely thinking of turkey dinner and trying to finish up your holiday shopping. However, the idea of taking off on a cruise to a faraway island and leaving the husband to finish his own holiday shopping, decorate the tree, hang the decorations, and cook the Christmas dinner (all while toting a fabulous new Louis Vuitton bag) somehow appeals to me! The cruise season also makes me think of sun and fun;and the dreary Midwest is not going to be providing any of that for at least another 5-6 months!

Even though I’m not escaping to any distant islands this year, Louis Vuitton has still released some beautiful new bags that will help get me through the dreary winter months. The new Mini Lin Croisette line was released on November 1 and contains a great selection of handbags and accessories sure to please everyone. The Mini Lin Croisette is a variation of the traditional Mini Lin line, part of the permanent collection; however, for the cruise collection the bags now come in two new colors, red and blue, and are subtly striped. When I picture red and white stripes I automatically think of candy canes, but not so with these new bags! The bags are trimmed in a gorgeous white pebbled leather. I am very impressed with this new collection and am curious to find out what you think too! (more…)

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louis vuitton moca line

Some of the most successful Louis Vuitton handbag lines have been the ones in which Takashi Murakami collaborated with Marc Jacobs. The Multicolore line, Cherry Blossom line, Panda, and Cerises were all the works of Japanese pop artist Murakami. The smiling cherries of the Cerises line were what initially drew me into a Louis Vuitton store, but alas I was too late and they were completely sold out. Now Murakami and Louis Vuitton have joined forces again, this time selling limited edition (rumored to be only several hundred pieces available) Louis Vuitton accessories and bags at the Takashi Murakami exhibit at the Los Angeles MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art).

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The newly released pieces include the re-introduction of the Louis Vuitton ‘Hands’ symbol shown on the front of the monogram canvas Neverfull bag (available in PM, MM, and GM sizes) and Porte Monnaie Ronde. In addition, Murakami has also introduced a new character called ‘Chibi Kinoko’ which means little mushroom. This little mushroom man has been placed on the front of an agenda, which is available in the traditional monogram canvas as well as the black and white Multicolore canvas.
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Tuesdays with Twiggers: Louis Vuitton Updates Website for USA Customers

For months Louis Vuitton has been telling its American customers that the www.louisvuitton.com website would be undergoing extensive renovations. Early this week these renovations were revealed. Customers perusing the USA version of the website will now be able to see prices for every single item in the Louis Vuitton catalog. In addition, Louis Vuitton is now offering e-shopping through its website (previously the ONLY authorized online retailer was eLuxury – also owned by LVMH). Perhaps my favorite new feature is that when you purchase through the website you can also order heat stamping (your initials stamped into your bag or luggage tag in a variety of different fonts and colors). I am so thrilled with these new changes, and have spent the last day clicking away and updating my Christmas wishlist with prices and website links to help direct the PHH (purse hating husband)!

Visit www.louisvuitton.com and click on USA to see for yourself!

louis vuitton xl handbagTuesdays with Twiggers: Just when I think I’m done they lure me back in! This time it is the gorgeous Louis Vuitton XL handbag that has done it. I am a huge fan of the trendy oversized, super-slouchy handbags that we always see the Olsen twins carrying around, and this new handbag fits this description perfectly. If you are a fan of oversized bags then feast your eyes on this beauty that is available in the XL size (29.5″ x 12.8″ x 5.9″) and the XXL size (32.2″ x 16.5″ x 11.4″). Or, as I like to call them, enormous and ginormous! The Louis Vuitton XL and XXL are made from soft, luxurious Mahina leather with microfiber lining. In addition a top clasp keeps things secure, and side buckles can adjust the size of the bag. I’m absolutely loving this bag, but alas the price has me contemplating buying the Chanel Baby Cabas first! What do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

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XL $3000, XXL $3700

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louis vuitton spring 2008 handbags

Tuesdays with Twiggers: Little by little my love for Louis Vuitton has been waning. I have been experiencing this irresistible urge for soft, smooshy leather in bold, bright colors. So it was with great anticipation that I eagerly waited for the pictures from the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2008 RTW show to surface, and for Louis Vuitton to lure me back in. I wanted color? Well Marc must have been listening;although I’m thinking he didn’t fully understand what I meant. How do I begin to sum up the show? Maybe one word can do it: confused. The possible inspiration: Spongebob? (See picture below).

The color palette was beautiful and vibrant, full of blues, yellows, watermelon pinks, and so much more. However, Marc Jacobs decided to throw them all on one bag! Bags with 3 or more colors, plus different colored handles, are too much for me to handle (literally and figuratively). An interesting twist on the bags was somewhat psychedelic monogram patterns, as well as turning many of the iconic bags into frame bags with little tags hanging that stated their name (i.e. papillon, speedy, and alma). There are also bags with ‘Louis Vuitton’ spelled out all over the bag (Think last season’s Marc Jacobs bags that did the same). This season is definitely not for the faint-hearted, or for someone looking for a classic piece to carry for years. I am intrigued enough to wonder what bags will actually make it into production.

For full detailed pictures from the show visit our very own summary thread on The Purse Forum!

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louis vuitton cornelia ankle bootThere comes a time in every woman’s life where you throw reason out the window and just decide to go for it! For some women this might be deciding to date a certain man, or accept a job offer. In my case it is these shoes, the Louis Vuitton Cornelia Ankle Boot. These are not your Mom’s frumpy ankle boots from the 1980s, these are simply divine works of art. Immediately upon seeing these boots the pleasure center of my brain completely overtook the sensible part of my brain and screamed out in pure shoe fetish ecstasy. Made of croc-stamped patent leather with a feminine rounded toe and a killer 4.75″ stacked heel, these exquisite boots just scream out ‘BUY ME’! These are the kind of shoes that can make any outfit look out of this world. At a mere $1,090 we should all be running out to buy a pair. Or if you have a little more spare cash available then buy them in both available colors, grenat and black.

Visit eluxury.com to purchase yours today!

Louis Vuitton Sweet Flowers Bandeau

This delightful little accessory is so amazingly versatile that I decided to devote this week’s Tuesdays with Twiggers blog to not only sharing some newly released Louis Vuitton Bandeaus, but also to share with you the variety of ways it can be used. The fabulous bandeau should be a staple in every girl’s Louis Vuitton collection. It is relatively inexpensive and can dress up even the most bland outfit or bag. The bandeaus are typically released throughout the year, at various times each season. Sometimes it seems as if a new one is being released each month! The bandeaus are generally produced in either a 100% cotton material or 100% silk. The bandeaus approximately measure 42-48″ long x 3″ wide and can be purchased for a mere $120.

The most recent releases of bandeaus are the Louis Vuitton Sweet Flowers Bandeau which consists of a solid background (choice of rose, blue, red) upon which various Louis Vuitton symbols are displayed. Another fun bandeau that was recently released is the Louis Vuitton Denim Bandeau. Released to celebrate the new black denim, this bandeau is available in four colors (brown, blue, black, pink) and consists of the Louis Vuitton monogram logo with gold colored accents.

So, now that you are thoroughly in love with one of these new bandeaus, the question still remains as to what you can do with this cute little thing. Well, for starters, you can tie it around your neck to wear as a scarf. You can tie it in your hair to wear as a headband, or tie it around your ponytail. Some gals will use the bandeau as a belt. Or the really adventurous will wrap it around their wrist! You can also wrap bandeaus around your handles to protect that beautiful Louis Vuitton vachetta from the elements. Or tie it in a bow around one handle! There is no right and wrong way to wear the bandeau!

Do you bandeau? If so, please share some pictures with us!

For more information, and to order a bandeau please visit: eluxury’s exclusive Louis Vuitton boutique, or call: 1-866-VUITTON


Louis Vuitton Denim Bandeau

louis vuitton a la folie ringEven if you are not a fan of the over-the-top monogram Louis Vuitton bags, you still have to admit that their accessories are some of the best out there! Or, if plunking down over $600 for a handbag isn’t something you can easily do but you still want something Louis Vuitton, then the accessories might be just the thing for you. Louis Vuitton has recently begun to venture into producing fashion jewelry, and has been quite successful. Most recently, the ready-to-wear jewelry collection a La Folie was released. This fabulous fashion jewelry line has the monogram flower repeated in a translucent resin. All of the designs are set in brass with delicate designs within the flower. This collection includes a necklace ($330), bracelet ($300), ring ($225), earrings ($365), cell phone accessory ($170), and a brooch ($135). I personally thing this is a fun, hip, and fashionable jewelry line;and my only dilemma is whether to buy it all or just one or two pieces!

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To purchase, please visit eLuxury’s Louis Vuitton boutique or call 1-866-VUITTON. (more…)

louis vuitton damier treviOne of the deciding factors when I purchase a new handbag is whether or not the bag is functional. If I can’t fit all my ‘stuff’ (which sometimes can include the kitchen sink) in it, then what is the point of paying upwards of $1000 for the bag? I am also not a huge fan of letting the weather dictate which bag I can carry that day. I just want to grab a bag, sling it on my shoulder, and run out the door! Thus, the Louis Vuitton Damier line has always appealed to me. These bags can take a beating and never show it! I have seen bags that are 10 years old and look like brand new. The problem with this line is that the bag has never been just right. The bags have always been a little too fancy and grown-up for my taste (e.g. Duomo) or a bit too casual (e.g. Saleya).

Louis Vuitton has finally got it right with the new Louis Vuitton Damier Trevi. This bag, just released earlier this month, is certainly functional. It can be a shoulder bag, or the strap can be removed and carried by hand. The zippered top provides security from prying hands. The pleat adds volume and a funky edge to keep it youthful, but not too casual. In additional to all these wonderful attributes the bag also comes in two sizes. The GM (16 x 12 x 8) is big enough to carry around the kitchen sink, while the PM (13 x 9 x6) is just big enough to fit all the essentials without being overloaded. And of course the price;at only $1725 for the GM and $1425 for the PM it is not too overwhelming! At least my bank account didn’t shudder in disbelief for once!

Contact 1-866-VUITTON for more details or shop at eLuxury’s official Louis Vuitton boutique.

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All luxury handbag designers are busy trying to lure in new customers, and keep their established customers spending more and more. Louis Vuitton does an exceptional job every season keeping its customers satisfied. Every season we are bombarded with a copious amount of new handbags and accessories to buy, and more often than not the name of the handbag is followed by the words limited edition. These two words spell trouble for bank accounts around the globe as women scramble to be first on the waitlist. Limited edition is often equated with exclusivity and we will gladly pay over $2000 for a canvas bag because only 5000 were produced!

Recently, I have pondered what limited edition really means. Louis Vuitton has recently re-released several limited edition items and has subsequently caused me to really think about my purchases. For example, the Millionaires sunglasses were recently re-released this past summer. Great news for those who missed out the first time, but for those who were lucky to obtain the first time around how do you now feel? Personally, I would feel slighted and angry that the company was dishonest with me! As another example, the Monogram Olympe Nimbus was released for the Spring/Summer 2007 season in two colors. Originally offered as a limited edition item, it has now been re-released for Fall/Winter 2007 in two new colors and a new size!! The Monogram Miroir was re-released in the Lockit style. And the heart coin purse, which sold out in weeks, is also being re-released this upcoming winter!!!

All of this does make me really think about the purchases I will make. Do I buy a bag solely because it is limited edition, or because I love the bag? Do I buy the bag to use it, or to collect it and possibly resell it in the future? If bags and accessories are being re-released it causes the resale value to decline, and of course the exclusivity associated with the brand also starts to decline?

How would you feel if this happened to you?

Call 1-866-VUITTON for information about upcoming limited edition releases.

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Monogram Olympe Nimbus Fall/Winter 2007
Re-Release in Perle & Anthracite
PM: $1950
GM: $2550

louis vuitton monogram shearling

Feast your eyes fashionable girls and boys, for this is the last Scarlett ad you will see from me! Yes, my fall preview series has come to a sad conclusion and I have oh-so-thoughtfully saved the best, or maybe the worst, for last. This wonderful bag, which slightly resembles some furry beast or at the very least an Ugg boot, is the new Louis Vuitton Monogram Shearling. Right from the get-go this bag just holds no appeal to me with the shiny, slightly plastic looking, monogram material and the fur sticking out everywhere. Great bag for the abominable snowman to look fashionable in, but maybe not so much for the fashionable New York gal! To add insult to injury, the bags carry quite the hefty price tag for some plastic coated shearling wool with vernis handles! My verdict: a big thumbs down!

Waitlists are now open (possibly even empty), call 1-866-VUITTON for more details. Click below for more detailed shots:
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scarlett johansson louis vuitton limelight clutch

My eyes spy a subtle metallic hint in the handbag Scarlett is sporting this week. And of course, what fashionable girl’s fall wardrobe would be complete without metallics? I’ve been searching for the perfect fall handbag for weeks, and the color on the new Louis Vuitton Limelight Clutch is gorgeous, but the bag itself it not calling out to me. From the description, this bag has it all: choice of two colors (perle or copper), quilted monogram logo on laminated fleecy wool, satin luster, snap closure, hidden zip pocket, and the Louis Vuitton inventeur plaque. So far so good, but then I see the words unstructured and foldable, and all of a sudden my wallet closes! Maybe it is just me, but this fall season I am seeing a lot of structure and sleek silhouettes in ad campaigns, and this floppy handbag doesn’t fit into the fall image I’ve seen. Therefore, my bank account can breathe a sigh of relief at not having to dish out $1275! And the search for that perfect fall handbag continues.

The Louis Vuitton Limelight Clutch releases in September and wait lists are now open. Call 1-866-VUITTON (more…)

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