Louis Vuitton luggage has been a fairly hot topic here on PB as of late. I’ve read your comments extensively, and PB reader feelings on the issue are pretty neatly divided between, “It’s tacky and overpriced,” and, “If you can afford it, flaunt it.” Today we’re not dealing with massive piles of LV, just a single, customized Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase that’s being wheeled around NYC by none other than Alexa Chung. If you can indeed afford it, and wish to flaunt it, you can customize your own Pegase on Louis Vuitton for $3,600. (Want a peek at the rest of Alexa’s designer bag collection? Check out “The Many Bags of Alexa Chung”.)

Seeing people with rolling suitcases (who aren’t tourists) is fairly common in Manhattan because it’s one of the handier ways to transport a heavy load without taking a cab, but you rarely see someone famous doing it with a $3,600 piece of Louis Vuitton. Stars, they’re just like…oh, nevermind.

Alexa Chung wheels a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase around Manhattan (1) Alexa Chung wheels a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase around Manhattan (2) Alexa Chung wheels a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase around Manhattan (3) Alexa Chung wheels a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase around Manhattan (4)

Today’s post is a little different from our usual celeb features – the pic you see above is obviously an unnecessarily massive pile of Louis Vuitton luggage belonging to half of the Kardashian clan – Kris, Kourtney, Scott, Mason, baby Penelope, and their assorted handlers. After the jump, you’ll see pics of the whole gang fresh off a plane from NYC to London. Kourtney and Kris are carrying Hermes Birkins (Kourtney’s personal assistant and/or nanny appears to be holding hers while she wheels the stroller). Scott Disick is carrying what looks to be a Louis Vuitton Damiere Ebene Messenger Bag, though we can’t really see it well enough to ID it with the exact design name.

We were just ragging on Sarah Jessica Parker for committing the same offense just a few weeks ago. I mean, I like to have wardrobe options when I travel too, but this is just a ridiculous amount of luggage for what is likely to be just a few days’ jaunt in London, tops. If you’re looking to pick up a reasonable amount of LV for your own collection, you can shop a broad assortment of Louis Vuitton luggage on the company’s website.

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As Christina Passariello wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal article, Louis Vuitton, with its flagging growth and logo-covered bags, now finds itself in the throes of the fashion business’ most baffling paradox – how do you sell bags to as many people as possible without becoming a company that’s associated with mass-market consumerism instead of rarified luxury? At least right now, LVMH execs think that the solution to that problem might be to raise prices across the board. Vuitton’s growth has slowed in recent months because luxury-hungry consumers in emerging markets like China are becoming rapidly more sophisticated; in essence, they want subtle leather bags instead of the logo-covered canvas pieces that are Vuitton’s bread and butter, in addition to being the brand’s most visible symbol. So how, exactly, might a price hike help? (more…)

Louis Vuitton is at it again. The brand is known for its striking ad campaigns, featuring everything from romantic train scenes to Muhammad Ali and his trusty Louis Vuitton Keepall, and for the classic Louis Vuitton Alma Bag, Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs has tapped models Karlie Kloss, Daria Strokous, Jac Jagaciak and Iris Strubegger to take the bags for a city stroll. The Chic on the Bridge campaign features, as you might guess, the Alma bags paraded across some of the world’s most famous trestles in New York, Paris and Shanghai.

Americans are likely to recognize the setting for the New York ads – it’s none other than the Brooklyn Bridge, with the Alma bags sporting an NYC-appropriate shade of taxi yellow. The ads set in France and China also feature country-appropriate shades, and the inclusion of China where London or Tokyo might have been included in years past is a clear nod to the importance of the still-expanding Chinese market for luxury goods, particularly leather. The ads, which featured Pre-Fall 2013 looks, were shot by Steven Meisel and will begin appearing in magazines starting this week. Check out the full set of images below, courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

The best things about Louis Vuitton, in my view, are the sheer volume of handbag designs the company produces every season and the enormous leather goods history on which Vuitton has to draw. For the Louis Vuitton Monceau BB, new for Spring 2013, both of those uniquely Vuitton elements come in to play; the result is a beautiful, modern take on an old favorite. The bag bears no resemblance to the heavily Damier-covered runway bags for the collection, which will likely be a welcome development for many Vuitton customers.

The Monceau BB is a miniaturized version of a design that first came out in 1986. The new bag is eight inches wide, which makes it just big enough to hold warm-weather essentials, and although the original was made from monogram canvas, this version comes in both durable Epi leather and gleaming, monogram-less vernis. The limited branding on both versions jibes well with reports that Louis Vuitton is looking to emphasize leathers instead of monogram and damier canvases in order to keep up with the increasing sophistications of customers, particularly in emerging Asian markets.

The bag itself will likely look familiar, even to those who aren’t familiar with the original bag from the 80s. Lots of designs (most recently the Loeffler Randall Rider), have used the shape as inspiration for new designs during the school-satchel trend, first spurred by the Proenza Schouler PS1 several years ago. In light of all that, it only makes sense that Louis Vuitton would choose now to bring the bag back; in this miniaturized form, it’s particularly perfect for the warm weather ahead.

The Epi leather version is $1,550, while the vernis bag is $1,720, both via Louis Vuitton. For all the colors in which the bag’s available, check out the gallery below.

There are few sure things in life (other than death and taxes, as the old trope goes), but a bevy of beautiful handbags at a Louis Vuitton show is absolutely on that short list. The company makes no bones about the importance of leather goods to its business, and creative director Marc Jacobs always makes sure to put the best of the best on display for editors, buyers and LV fans alike. For Louis Vuitton Fall 2013, that means a couple of Vuitton’s most classic shapes (think Speedy and Pochette Accessoires), done up in materials like fur, python, crocodile and feathers.

Like Jacobs’ own show, the color palette was rich but muted, and a couple of the materials (particularly the snakeskins) seemed like perhaps they appeared on handbags in both lines. When it came to the bags, though, Vuitton kept things classic; the biggest leaps of the collection were fur-covered Speedy bags that looked like muffs, and although fur bags are difficult to pull off, the inherently amorphous shape of the Speedy freed up Jacobs to experiment with longer fur than a more structured bag would require. If you’re looking for something more traditional, a python Speedy or soft crocodile fold-over quasi-Lockit are better bets. For me, though, the most interesting bags of the collection were the feather-covered Pochettes Accessoires, which looked almost like they had been adorned with short locks of colorful hair.

[Images via Style.com and TheCut]

Everyone knows the iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy, and everyone also knows that Louis Vuitton updates this coveted classic with each season. For Louis Vuitton Spring 2013, Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs decided to add a geometric note with lots and lots of squares. Checks make a huge appearance, but my attention went to this updated version of the LV classic, which has been dubbed the Louis Vuitton Speedy Cube.

An updated treatment on the Damier pattern, the Damier Facette is made with brushed shiny calf leather and a structured English frame. There is something fun and different about these bags, a bit more playful. The structured frame helps combat one of the biggest complaints about the LV Speedy, its lack of shape, and gives a specific dimensionality to the bag. Available in both MM and PM in a variety of colors, the price varies from $1,990-$2,280. Our question is, what do you think, love it or leave it?

Louis Vuitton Speedy Cube Cream Louis Vuitton Speedy Cube Yellow

We know Jillian Michaels isn’t a stranger to weightlifting, so it’s no surprise that she’s handling her giant Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall like it’s a clutch. The Mon Monogram is a customized version of the aptly named Louis Vuitton Keepall – each bag is personalized with your initials and up to two colored stripes of your choosing. Jillian opted for orange with fuchsia lining. You can create your own Mon Monogram Keepall on the Louis Vuitton website. Any variation of colors and stripes seems to add up to $2,030 before tax. (I know this because I’ve been customizing the Keepall o’ my dreams for about a half hour now. I’m extremely fond of dual center stripes in Bleu de France and Bleu Clair.)

What combination would you pick for your dream Keepall?

Louis Vuitton is inarguably the biggest designer handbag brand in the world, but putting your hands on exactly the Vuitton bag you want can be maddeningly difficult, especially if that bag was a limited edition or came from a previous season. Louis Vuitton keeps such a tight control on its retail inventory that sometimes, all seems lost. But it’s not, especially when we have things like the Handbags by Louis Vuitton: Picks by Bella Bag sale at Rue La La to pull us through.

Rue La La has teamed up with Bella Bag, which has in turn scoured the market for the best pre-owned, vintage and limited edition Louis Vuitton pieces out there. With everything from foundation pieces like a monogram canvas Neverfull to rare finds from limited edition collections, there’s a little something for every customer (and every price point) in the sale, which runs through Tuesday, February 5. Check out our picks from the sale below or head straight to Rue La La to shop the huge Vuitton selection!

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Alma
Available via Rue La La

The Alma is a classic Vuitton shape, and this sunny yellow version will get you in the right mood for spring. It’ll be here before you think.


Louis Vuitton Lockit
Available via Rue La La

The Lockit is an exceptionally elegant shape, and this metallic silver version infuses it with just the right amount of fun.


Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull GM
Available via Rue La La

The Neverfull is one of LV’s most functional shapes – it can go from the grocery store to the beach and everywhere in between, especially in durable monogram canvas.


Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Tambourine Crossbody
Available via Rue La La


Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Sorbonne
Available via Rue La La


Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene West-End
Available via Rue La La


Louis Vuitton Monogram Watercolor Papillon
Available via Rue La La


Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse Graffiti Speedy
Available via Rue La La


Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Pont Neuf
Available via Rue La La

There are few brands from which I will happily buy monogrammed pieces, and Louis Vuitton is one of them. It’s not that I actively seek LV out, but somehow, it seems to seek me out – Louis Vuitton just does that to me. The brand has reinvented its monogram in so many ways that it never feels old to me, which is a pretty neat trick on the part of the brand’s designers. In particular, I love the way LV tones down its classic monogram, and that’s is precisely why I am currently coveting the Louis Vuitton Flat Zip Pochette.

I’m one of those people who likes to put bags inside of my bags, with different pouches and pochettes for different purposes. For travel, a flat pochette like this one is ideal to help save space when packing, but it still affords you lots of organizational options. That’s why I’ve got my eye set on this bag, with its sleek, black silk jacquard monogram and feminine feel. The design is simple, but it allows this bag to have an elegant and practical feel. I’ve always had a place for Louis Vuitton in my heart, and I can easily make a place for this bag in my collection. Buy via Louis Vuitton for $1,100.

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