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…)

Through his 16-year tenure at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs has always had his women. Some designers keep their muses private, but Jacobs has always placed front and center the women who he finds inspirational, from American filmmaker Sofia Coppola, to Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen, to French acting legend Catherine Deneuve and beyond. For the Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 ad campaign, his final for the brand, Jacobs has put those women front and center (more…)

Despite the fact that plenty of people do it and plenty of brands want you to give it a shot, traveling with expensive luggage or carry-on bags makes me nervous. The airport is…just so disgusting. It makes me want to hand-sanitize my entire body, and as difficult as that might be, it’s even less possible when it comes to your bags. So far, the best compromise I’ve come up with for traveling in style is with a vintage bag, like this Louis Vuitton Vintage Epi Leather Travel Bag. [UPDATE: Our commenters have identified the bag as a Louis Vuitton Taiga Kendall!] (more…)

Not long ago, we took a closer look at why, exactly, designer handbags cost as much as they do. Materials and labor play a part, of course, but a lot of money goes into convincing consumers that the ultra-pricey pieces have the aura of glamour and luxury that makes sky-high price tags seem appropriate. There’s no more direct way to create that image than advertising; brands can perfectly orchestrate a scene around a purse or pair of shoes to give the a product just the right high-end context and then present that image to consumers without the middle-man of a magazine stylist or a department store window dresser. Case in point: Louis Vuitton’s new ad campaign with David Bowie and Arizona Muse. (more…)

The rumors have finally been confirmed: Nicolas Ghesquiere, formerly of Balenciaga, will replace Marc Jacobs as the creative head behind Louis Vuitton’s women’s division, according to an announcement made by the brand on its official Twitter account this morning. Women’s Wear Daily reports that the first collection in Ghesquiere’s tenure at Vuitton will be the Fall 2014 show in March. (more…)

Kanye West is a man with many thoughts. Thoughts about art, thoughts about Kim Kardashian, thoughts about his own brilliance and, as it turns out, thoughts about Louis Vuitton. West once regularly referred to himself as the “Louis Vuitton Don” in his lyrics, but those days have passed us by. These days, Kanye thinks about Vuitton what many of you seem to think: that the brand could use a little price adjustment. (more…)

We’ve thoroughly discussed Louis Vuitton’s plans to target more up-market customers and discourage entry-level luxury shoppers from flocking to the brand like they have in the past, and now that more and more of the brand’s Fall 2013 handbag collection is becoming available via its website, the ways that those plans will shape the brand’s leather goods going forward are coming into stark relief. Not only does Vuitton’s repositioning mean more all-leather bags, but it means the iconic monogram canvas will be used in more high-end ways. Among the first of those attempts are the Louis Vuitton Monogram Exotique Bags. (more…)

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