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It’s hard to be unimpressed with anything that happens at golden hour in Palm Springs, which is exactly when the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 show took place last week. Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere brought the spectacle to the West Coast, mining the region’s color scheme and desert palms for a collection full of lovely accessories for cool girls and sophisticated women alike.

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Yesterday, we brought you news of some new Monogram Canvas prints that Louis Vuitton is trying out for summer, and now we have some news on the leather front. On Twitter yesterday, the brand unveiled its newest leather design, the Louis Vuitton Volta Bag, alongside its new ad campaign with returning star Michelle Williams.

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In order to keep its huge fan base satisfied, Louis Vuitton has reinvented its iconic monogram prints in dozens of ways, starting during the tenure of Marc Jacobs as creative director. That tradition has continued under Nicolas Ghesquiere, and for Summer 2015, the brand has released a series of bags in two new prints.

Louis Vuitton Sticker Collection

Since Nicolas Ghesquière took the helm at Louis Vuitton, there have been some major, stand-out handbag moments for the brand. The Petite Malle, while quite expensive, has grown a major fan following along with other designs. Recently I shared the Monogram Infrarouge, a new black and red twist on the classic Monogram, and if you ask us, the Fall 2015 collection is filled with the best bags from the brand in recent memory.

Louis Vuitton Brand for Secretaries

A couple weeks ago, Vlad and I were in Texas for SXSW and attended the conference’s panel on Global Digital Trends for the Luxury Consumer. It wasn’t a fashion-specific panel, but during the talk, one of the presenters mentioned a recent Business Insider article about consumer perceptions of Louis Vuitton in China.

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When it’s still this cold at the end of March, it’s impossible not to start thinking about travel to places on the globe where we can get some relief. In that sense, the Louis Vuitton The Spirit of Travel Spring 2015 campaign is perfectly timed–who wouldn’t want to look at images of models, beautiful bags in hand, frolicking in front of perfectly turquoise seas in the French West Indes?

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At Louis Vuitton, handbags are king. The brand might now make full lines of ready-to-wear, outerwear, shoes, accessories and jewelry, but if the bags are selling, none of that other stuff really matters. With the new bags that debuted as part of the brand’s Fall 2015 collection this morning, that shouldn’t be a problem.

Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Monogram Infrarouge

Monogram bags may wax and wane with customers, but they’ll always be a huge part of many brands’ sales. Monograms easily identify brands to onlookers, and many customers first find their way to love designers by recognizing the monogram; it’s an easy association.

Louis Vuitton Price Increase

UPDATE 2/24/15: We’re being told by multiple members of the PurseForum that the price increase for Louis Vuitton will be hitting next week, with one person saying March 1st is the date their sales associate told them.

We recently brought you news of an impending Hermès price increase, and now rumor has it Louis Vuitton will be increasing its prices soon as well.

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It’s amazing how quickly Nicolas Ghesquiere has changed the aesthetic at Louis Vuitton. It’s one thing to come in to a globally recognized brand after the decade-and-a-half tenure of a legend like Marc Jacobs and put together your own collection with your own quirks; it’s quite another to do that in a way that the industry buys into whole-heartedly, as it seems to with Ghesquiere’s Vuitton.

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