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.
Louis Vuitton Handbags and Purses(Page 8)
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.
Perhaps it’s a result of seeing all my friends’ pictures from the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New York this weekend, but I’m feeling extra sporty today. And by “extra,” I mean sporty at all, because I am not what one would generally describe as “athletic.” Sweat and my hair just don’t get along. Maybe that means that yachting is the sport for me.
As you probably already know if you’re here reading this, the only way to buy brand new, authentic Louis Vuitton is directly from the company. Even when Vuitton bag are sold inside of department stores, its always in spaces leased by the brand, staffed by its own employees and supplied by its own product channels. When a bag sells out or a line is discontinued, it’s sold out everywhere, never to be seen again.
It’s finally Friday, and we are ending the week with a little Louis Vuitton fun with photos! Photographer Vincent Bousserez had an idea similar to the movie Night at the Museum, but in this case, the Louis Vuitton Champs-Elysees store comes to life at night, and tiny figures take care and engage with beloved Louis Vuitton items. The photos are whimsical and magical and bring back childhood feelings of tiny little people taking care of our world when we are asleep.
Louis Vuitton is famous for a lot of things at this point, and among them is the brand’s highly profitable relationship with the modern art community. Vuitton has collaborated with world-famous artists like Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami on collections that have been nothing short of wildly successful, and in the process, that brand has spurred a full-on collaborative art trend among accessories brands as wide-ranging as Christian Dior and Coach.
LVMH’s keen interest in Hermes has been clear for quite some time now, and it looks as though when Louis Vuitton’s parents company isn’t busy buying up shares of the historical French leather goods house, its trying to remake parts of its own premier brand to more resemble the object of its affections. Thus LV has introduced Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie, which literally translates to “high leather goods,” which offers the brand’s most exclusive customers the opportunity to design their very own bag from a set of pre-selected shapes, colors and leathers.
Of all the Spring 2012 collections, all the pastels and brights and florals, it’s hard to name any one line that more thoroughly captured the light, airy idealization of the season quite like Louis Vuitton. The runway show show practically floated on its own, filled with white broderie anglais and crocodile bags in the palest shades of blue and yellow imaginable.
As far as Louis Vuitton goes, their Epi leather is by far my favorite line. The leather is extremely sturdy and can withstand all sorts of wear and use. I have unfortunately spilled things on my Epi Leather wallet and all it takes is a quick swipe of a cloth to clean off the leather.
Louis Vuitton lovers worldwide will be beyond thrilled with the plethora of new Epi Leather colors.
As enormously popular as Louis Vuitton is with women (In case you doubted that popularity, LVMH posted double-digit revenue increases in the most recent quarter.), the brand doesn’t have a reputation for being incredibly feminine. The color most commonly associated with the brand is the chocolate brown of the famous Vuitton monogram and damier fabrics, and most of its epi and vernis leather bags tend to be made in either brights or neutrals.