Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 Men's Bags and Accessories (1)

In the current luxury market, Louis Vuitton is nothing less than the man bag gold standard. No other large designer does as comprehensive and varied a men’s accessories collection as Vuitton, and the range of the goods – all the way from tiny decorate pins to large luggage pieces – is incomparable.

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Every season I wonder what Louis Vuitton will create. I know I won’t like everything, but I can count on Louis Vuitton to make a few bags that are absolutely lust-worthy, it’s just what they do. When we shared a closer look at their Spring 2012 collection, I remember not being entirely impressed.

By now, more or less every handbag lover in the world should be aware of the Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection, called Infinitely Kusama, that launched yesterday in New York with a star-studded party. We’ve already given you a rundown of the collection’s bags and accessories, and now we have the cute lil’ collection video to take you into lunchtime.

Anna Wintour with the Louis Vuitton Crocodile Old Flap Speedy in blue (3)

Vogue editor Anna Wintour is perhaps the only person in the world who could turn the act of carrying a handbag – any handbag – into an event worth noting. Over the last couple of days, I saw no fewer than three people note on Twitter that Wintour had been seen “with handbag” while partaking in the Wimbledon festivities (where Roger Federer goes, The Bobbed One follows).

Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama pop up shop

In case you just can’t get enough of Infinitely Kusama, Louis Vuitton‘s capsule collection in collaboration with Japanese modern artist and polka dot enthusiast Yayoi Kusama, you’ll soon have even more ways to shop. Not only will customized windows roll out to Louis Vuitton boutiques across the globe, with the Kusama collection available in all of Vuitton’s 463 boutiques, but LV will also open up a handful of Kusama-only pop-up shops.

Sometimes designers’ motivations behind the images they choose to represent their brands can be impenetrably opaque, but other times, the general idea is pretty obvious. Everyone understood immediately where Prada’s 1950s-car-culture-inspired Spring 2012 collection came from, for example, and the motivations behind the runway show and campaign for Louis Vuitton Fall 2012 are equally clear.

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Following the likes of Angelina Jolie, Buzz Aldrin and Bono, three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali is the newest face of the Louis Vuitton Core Values campaign, alongside one of his grandsons. When announced at the end of last week, Vuitton CEO Yves Carcelle said, “”Muhammad Ali is the epitome of an outstanding personality – a true living legend in boxing and far beyond.” The photos were shot by Annie Leibovitz at the boxer’s Phoenix home.

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It’s that time of year again: time for ad campaigns! Twice a year, brands roll out images meant to sell their ideas of their collections to the public, and because handbags and accessories are so critically important to the financial wellbeing of most designers, they often figure prominently in the ads.

Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton Infinite Kusama Accessories and Small Leather Goods (18)

By now, all of you are probably familiar with Infinitely Kusama, the collection of ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and accessories that Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has designed for French luxury powerhouse Louis Vuitton. We showed you all of the collection’s full-sized handbags last week, but we know full well that handbag lovers, particularly LV handbag lovers, don’t just get excited about bags; there’s a whole world of accessories to go along with them, from leather wallets and agendas to scarves to sunglasses.

Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton Handbags (4)

We took a small peek into the polka-dotted world of Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton two weeks ago, but now we have some new details (and photos!) that we think you guys are going to want to see. The bags from the collection, which is officially entitled Infinitely Kusama, aren’t going to hit store shelves until October, but stock images of the line have hit the Internet, and we’ve got photos of all the bags for your viewing pleasure.

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