New York City is always brimming with openings, new stores and fashion innovation, and in December, Comme des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s famed Dover Street Market opened its doors in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan. Dover Street Market has filled its space with high-end, avant guarde fashion and design shops, including a pop-up store from Louis Vuitton on the ground floor. (more…)

We all know that Marc Jacobs has made his grand exit from Louis Vuitton, and in just a couple of weeks’ time, we’ll see Nicolas Ghesquiere’s much-anticipated debut for the legendary French house. In the meantime, though, let’s take a moment to savor Jacobs’ last contribution to the leather goods business that you revolutionized: the Louis Vuitton NN 14 Bag, which we first spotted on Jacobs’ swan-song runway in October.

The NN 14 will look familiar to Vuitton enthusiasts because it’s based on the brand’s iconic Noe bag, but it takes a few liberties with the structure in order to make the base a more minimal canvas for embellishments ranging from kangaroo leather (which is apparently a thing), to nail-head studs, to feathers. Those bags, which are limited edition and individually numbered, will cost you as much as 30 grand, while more pared-down leather and monogram canvas versions will run you in the familiar low-to-mid four-figures price range. Check out the NN 14 below and get ready to find out when Ghesquiere has in store for Vuitton soon.

We’ve spoken a bit about Valentino’s aggressive love for neons, but the Valentino VaVaVoom Neon Crystal Shoulder Bag may be the clearest indication yet that someone in the brand’s accessories department may have eaten too many magic mushrooms before conceptualizing the Spring 2014 accessories collection. At $3,095 via Net-a-Porter, this bag has a pretty steep price tag for something that skews so youthful. Tell us whether you’d love it or leave it in the comments below. (more…)

Here are the wee Jenner sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, trying to keep it low key (but failing miserably), shortly after touching down at JFK in NYC. Kendall is heading up the front, carrying a sexy black Givenchy Lucrezia Bag, and both sisters are pulling Louis Vuitton Pegase Suitcases. You can currently purchase Kendall’s sleek Givenchy duffel for $2,325 at Barneys. Pegase suitcases can be bought for $2,780 at Louis Vuitton.

The Kardashian-Jenner clan represents a staggering amount of business for Louis Vuitton, a fact that’s been extensively documented here on PurseBlog. For example: the Kardashian-Jenners are solely responsible for this luggage cart overflowing with LV, which took two airport employees to wrangle. The Kardashians and Jenners aren’t the only celebs that swear by Louis Vuitton, of course – you can check out our recently updated and expanded “Celebrities and Their Louis Vuitton Luggage” retrospective.

We’re rarely jealous of the boys, but we get a little bit miffed every season when they get to see their upcoming collections before we do. New York Fashion Week (let alone Paris) isn’t for nearly another month, but last week, Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall 2014 graced the runway in Paris. It did so, naturally, with some very interesting bags, and we have some gorgeous shots of the new collection straight from Louis Vuitton.

These bags are in keeping with Vuitton’s strategy of moving away from its iconic logo and into more traditionally luxurious territory. Not only is there one exceptionally gorgeous crocodile Keepall (expect to see lots of exotics from Vuitton going forward), but the canvas bags get a new, subtle makeover with the introduction of Damier Cobalt, a navy-and-black take on Vuitton’s iconic check. In another fit of innovation, the first run of Damier Cobalt can be purchased now through Louis Vuitton’s website. Check out all the images of the sophisticated, luxurious collection below.

We’ve already covered why you need to own a Balenciaga motorcycle bag and a Chanel flap bag, but those obviously aren’t the only iconic bags that a woman needs in her wardrobe. Your bag collection shouldn’t be missing a Louis Vuitton Speedy, but if it is, we’ve got a few things you might want to consider. (more…)

Newly single dad Orlando Bloom and his son Flynn were recently spotted arriving in Los Angeles together with an eye-popping carry-on (and diaper bag, perhaps): the Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama Neverfull Tote. This limited edition bag was part of a larger collaboration between the brand and Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who is famous for her work with polka dots and psychedelic themes. This unique collab bag is no longer available, but regular Neverfulls can be had by the bucketload for $1,030 at Louis Vuitton.

The Neverfull is nominally a women’s bag, of course – in fact, we JUST saw Molly Sims at LAX with her own customized Louis Vuitton Neverfull. However, the simple structure and renowned durability of Vuitton’s coated canvas do make it ideal for a variety of purposes, including high-end daddy diaper bag. It’s still unusual though to see a celeb dude traipse through the airport with a Louis Vuitton piece that isn’t a duffel, backpack or briefcase, though. We like your style, Orlando. If you enjoy the occasional LV-celeb lovefest, check out our freshly updated “Celebrities and Their Louis Vuitton Luggage” post.

We’ve known for a while that exotic handbags would figure prominently in Louis Vuitton’s bid to capture more top-tier accessories customers, and now we’re getting an idea of just how prominent they’ll be. Vuitton has added five new alligator and crocodile bags to its website, including the $31,000 Louis Vuitton Deesse MM Crocodile Tote, the most expensive of the group. The prices, of course, are not surprising (especially compared to Hermes), but the fact that several of the bags are utterly perfect might be.

I don’t use superlatives like that often, but the Desse, which was originally produced in Monogram Vernis, and the Rossmore PM shoulder bag are both seriously stunning odes to luxurious minimalism. Not only do they fit perfectly into the industry’s current aesthetic trends, but they resist the ostentatious branding that has makes many people shy away from even some of LV’s most beautiful pieces. The shoulder bags get a bit of understated hardware engraving, but the totes and the NN 14 bag, first seen on the brand’s Spring 2014 runway, lack any branding that we can see from the company’s stock photos. That sort of restraint, mixed with these best-of-the-best materials, is exactly what Louis Vuitton needs in order to charm the world’s most sought-after luxury consumers.

It’s also interesting that Vuitton has chosen to display (although not sell) these bags on its website. In the past, Vuitton’s most exclusive pieces were kept off of the site’s visual inventory, their existence known only to those who watch the brand closely. Changing public perception means making these kinds of bags visible, right alongside Monogram Canvas. We know which ones we prefer, but our wallets have other ideas. Check out all the colors and shapes, along with price information, below.

Model/actress Molly Sims (who still makes headlines whenever she shows up anywhere in a bikini) was recently spotted returning to LA after a family vacation in Miami with a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote in tow. As you can see, Molly’s Neverfull is customized with stripes and her initials. You can obtain your own customized Mon Monogram Neverfull for $1,500 at Louis Vuitton.

If you’d like to recreate the look of Molly’s bag, her stripe colors are “Rouge” and “Bordeaux”, which I think look especially rich against LV’s legendary logo pattern. Eternal fans of the LV brand will definitely want to check out our ever-expanding slideshow of stars and their Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage, which we recently updated for your viewing pleasure during the holiday break.

[Editor's Note: Over the next two weeks, while we celebrate Christmas and New Year's with our families and friends, we'll be adding some of our most popular posts of the past few years to our daily coverage, updated with new photos and information. Because today is one of the busiest travel days of the year, we'll start off with this new-and-improved look at how celebrities travel with their Louis Vuitton Luggage.] (more…)

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