For reasons that are perhaps obvious, I don’t follow men’s fashion as closely as I do women’s, but I love to look through the looks after the Louis Vuitton men’s show every season. Vuitton is a unique brand in that it has almost equal appeal to both genders; where most companies specialize, Vuitton achieves equal-opportunity luxury. When you take a look through these pictures of the bags, shoes and accessories from Louis Vuitton Fall 2013, it’s not difficult to see why no one can get enough LV.

Vuitton menswear chief Kim Jones drew the collection’s inspiration from his travels to Nepal and Bhutan, which were reflected most clearly in the lovely unisex florals that dotted the collection, including several of its bags. There’s also plenty of shearling, which gives a nod to the sherpas of that especially mountainous region of Asia. Check out the full set of photos from Louis Vuitton’s official Facebook in the slideshow below.

Why are we posting about this? Well, it’s Wednesday, so I say, why not? Today in random but tasty news, we have L.A. Clipper Ronny Turiaf pictured at his birthday party with a custom Louis Vuitton Cake. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I have a major sweet-tooth, and something about a cake being made to look like a bag just gives me happy feelings. It’s funny when you think about it, because creations like this cost a lot of money (for a cake), but it goes to show that the handbag is the king of not just the accessories world, but sometimes, also of the food world.

Have you ever had a handbag cake for an event?

The iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy is easily recognizable and widely adored. As one of the most well-known handbags, the Speedy is reinterpreted season after season in a variety of renditions by Marc Jacobs and his accessories team. I always look forward to what they will come up with, and while some versions aren’t my taste, I always find at least a couple that are.

This season I’ve been eying the Louis Vuitton Leopard Speedy, a bag that packs an animalistic touch on a shape I already love. Truth be told, I love leopard print bags in general; they add the perfect va-va-voom to an outfit, and I prefer my animal prints to be on my accessories. Because this is a Speedy, the bag has all the requisite Speedy touches like calfskin trim and aged silver hardware. The difference is the Stephen Sprouse leopard pattern on velvety jacquard textile, which really brings the bag to life.

I love Louis Vuitton and I love the Speedy, but I just wish this bag had an optional shoulder strap – then I would really consider hunting it down. The Speedy is meant to be handheld, and while that works for some situations, it’s typically more of a nuisance than not. Shoulder straps always make a bag easier to carry, and when the Speedy has that added benefit, it’s a bag I fall head over heels for. This version costs $2,760 via Louis Vuitton.

Today we have the new Mrs. Justin Timberlake exiting the Good Morning America studios in NYC with her dainty Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere Empreinte. While the bag looks fuchsia pink here under paparazzo lighting, this is actually the red “Orient” version. Jessica Biel looks ridiculously excited to be out, considering how early in the morning it probably was, but why miss a chance to flaunt an iconic Louis Vuitton design like this one? You can purchase it from the LV website for $2490.

Jessica was at GMA promoting her latest film, the rom-com soccer romp, Playing For Keeps. To us, though, Ms. Biel’s bag choices are even more compelling than her films. We chronicled her career in clutches, hobos, and handbags last month in “The Many Bags of Jessica Biel”, and believe it or not, this is only the second Louis Vuitton we’ve ever spotted her with. (The girl has a serious Fendi fetish, however.) Sidebar: You will never see another celeb smile bigger for a random camera man than Jessica Biel. Of course, if you were married to JT, wouldn’t you smile too?

Every holiday season, I realize I need to step up my clutch game. With so many holiday parties and soirees, it’s imperative that we dress our finest to impress everyone, especially ourselves. I love a good, party but I love a great clutch even more. Louis Vuitton always delivers, whether it’s with the company’s world-famous luxury travel gear or its small accessories and evening bags; the brand makes something for everyone, and for every occasion.

Today I found myself gazing at the Louis Vuitton Altair and feeling ultimate desire. I, like many of you, am not a huge fan of monograms, but Louis Vuitton found a way to integrate its classic monogram without it appearing jarring, and this clutch shows just that.

The quilted calf leather shows the understated LV monogram in a refined manner, while the golden brass-and-acetate hardware glams the bag up. The fold-over top fastens with a twist-lock closure, which is always easy to open and shut, and the inside of the bag includes a flat pocket and a mirror. Louis Vuitton does so many things right and their bags are the bread and butter of the company. Also available in pink, buy this clutch via Louis Vuitton for $2,570.

One of the most interesting parts of this job is seeing how people arrive at our site. You guys get here in a zillion different ways, but one of the most persistent is your interest in the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, in all of its many sizes and incarnations. And really, I can’t blame you – the Neverfull is a foundational piece in the most important handbag line in the world, and it’s so versatile that it can be a useful wardrobe addition to almost anyone.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. It seems logical that a lot of the people visiting our site in pursuit of the Neverfull are trying to make a purchase decision of some sort, and because we like to consider ourselves a service-y bunch, we thought we’d put together a handy guide as to why, exactly, the Neverfull is such a smart way to go when looking to buy a good take-anywhere tote.

It really is never full

That might be a slight exaggeration, but the point stands – no matter which size you opt for, you’re going to be able to fit more in a Neverfull than you’d expect. Because the sides aren’t rigid and the shape is fairly loose, the bag conforms to the size of your belongings. With the biggest (GM) size, I’m pretty sure I could fit anything I ever really want to carry anywhere.

It comes in a million versions

Like the Louis Vuitton Speedy, the Neverfull is a foundation piece in the enormous Louis Vuitton line. That means that when it comes time for Vuitton to do one of its world-famous artist collaborations, the Neverfull is almost always on the list of bags that get the treatment. The works of artists like Stephen Sprouse, Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami have all graced the bag, and that’s on top of the myriad permanent and seasonal iterations available at any given time. Whether you’re in the market for a collector’s piece or a basic Monogram Canvas or Damier model to start your collection, the Neverfull can scratch that itch.

All of the versions are durable

Longtime Louis lovers don’t even need to read this one, because they already know – Vuitton’s treated canvas products are well-nigh indestructible. I have 20-year-old Vuitton pieces that still take a beating like a champ. Some customers have reported issues with the handle glaze on the Damier Ebene version specifically, but Vuitton stands behind its pieces very well – all the mentions of issues that I could find on our Forum also included details on how the product was either exchanged in the store or repaired by the brand. That’s a lot more than a lot of brands will do for customers, unfortunately. (Although it’s fortunate if you’re looking to buy a Vuitton bag.)

It’s a great way to start a Vuitton collection

Depending on size, basic monogram Neverfulls will run you between $800 and $900. Considering how enormously expensive Louis Vuitton bags get when you start to look at leathers (and, god forbid, exotics), the Neverfull is an excellent value and a great place to start a collection and find out if you like a brand’s products enough to save up and branch out within the line. It’s something that can be carried every day and that will serve a lot of purposes – that’s exactly where you want to start.

The Neverfull is totally reversible

Somehow, I didn’t know about the Neverfull’s biggest feature until recently. Sick of the monogram? Just want to switch things up? Need a different color? Flip the bag inside out, problem solved. Few designs give you that level of versatility, and that’s on top of how functional the bag is to begin with.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up a Neverfull of your own via Louis Vuitton, starting at $800.

Regular Black Friday sales are fun, but you know what’s really fun? Being able to get your hands on vintage and gently used pieces that aren’t normally available on the Internet at all. That’s where our friends at Rue La La come in – they’re known for offering the best vintage and gently used rare pieces on the Internet, and because today is such a huge day in online shopping, they’ve cooked up something particularly special for you with the Rue La La Luxe Gifts Sale.

With everything from Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel bags, to Chanel and Hermes accessories, to Tiffany jewelry (a first!), this huge sale has not only a bunch of options for the luckiest recipients on your gift list this holiday season, but also perhaps a little something with which you might treat yourself. After all, it’s the ladies in the family that usually experience the most holiday stress because we’re generally the ones saddled with the duties of gift-buying, wrapping and cooking. You deserve a treat (or maybe two), and we’ve got some suggestions to get you started when the sale opens in half an hour. Shop quickly, though – the sale runs from 3 p.m. today, November 23 to 11 a.m. Monday, November 26. Shop the full sale starting at 3!

Hermes Black Lizard Birkin, 25cm

Neutral enough to be taken out for a spin whenever you please, small enough to get oohs and ahhs at an after-work event; this exotics Birkin is the best of both worlds. Available via Rue La La.


Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Monogram Salina Rubis Tote

Limited edition Louis Vuitton bags are very hard to come by, and this one, with its red trim and totally functional shape, is particularly lust-worthy. Available via Rue La La.


Chanel Flap Bag Earrings

Vintage Chanel costume jewelry is particularly collectable, and who wouldn’t want little golden handbags dangling from their ears? As long as they’re Chanel bags, of course. Available via Rue La La.


Hermes Vert Anis Birkin

There is no more sophisticated a pop of color than a bright Hermes Birkin. Available via Rue La La.


Chanel Reissue 2.55 Flap Bag

Even if you’re skeptical about winter whites, this Chanel shoulder bag should be more than enough to change your mind. Available via Rue La La.


Hermes Collier de Chien Ostrich Belt

If you’re looking for a chicer way to hold up your pants, you can stop looking. It doesn’t exist. Available via Rue La La.


Louis Vuitton Keepall 55 Bandouliere

Just in time for the holiday travel season, pick up one of the greatest travel pieces of all time. Available via Rue La La.


Hermes Kelly 35cm

If you think the Kelly is too precious to be an everyday bag, take a look at this version and think again. Available via Rue La La.


Chanel Quilted Flap Bag

A black Chanel shoulder bag is something every fashionable woman needs in her closet, and this one is ever-so-slightly different than the ones that most people have. Being different is always more fun. Available via Rue La La.

Here we have Reese Witherspoon, playing the dutiful soccer mom, ferrying the requisite orange slice snacks to her son Deacon’s soccer game. Stars: They’re just like us! On her other arm? (The one not on orange duty.) The Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote, personalized with her initials “L.R.W.” (Her real first name is Laura.)

Reese looks none too happy about being photographed while momming it up in jeans, sneaks and a sweatshirt at a family outing. But this is what he people want to see, Reese! Reese Witherspoon in the part of Reese Witherspoon. Or at least, that’s what your last half dozen movie roles would suggest.

But let’s get down to brass tacks here – were you aware that Reese is starring in a movie adaptation of “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”? Yes, 8 million years after that book became a commercial success, someone is ingeniously making a movie out of it – most likely the same people who brought you the ensemble fluff piece that was “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.” Ugh. Buy Reese’s Louis Vuitton tote through Louis Vuitton for $1320.

Do I really need to say more? Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand plus words and today, this photo is here to make us all drool. The Louis Vuitton Alma is one of the most classic handbags of all time, and when I saw this green alligator version, I felt my heart skip a few beats. And what better than this small version, which is the epitome of evening-wear chic.

Thank you Louis Vuitton for giving us something to dream about and lust over this weekend, you have made our purse loving hearts go boom, boom, boom.

I have a love hate relationship with the Kardashians, just like many of you do. I catch their show, I find some of their antics funny, and I find many things they partake in ridiculous, one of which being their constant paparazzi and news presence. I already know I am playing into it by covering Kim on our site, but what can I say, I kind of love her.

Kim is fun to watch. Her mom realized she was a dollar sign and she went gung-ho to promote Kimmy as best she could, and it has worked so far. Whether you like her or not, you know her name and you also know about her love life. Kim has been clinging to Kanye West recently like a magnet, and they seem to be using one another as an accessory. After his return from Paris, Kanye jetted down to Miami to be included on Kim’s reality show and do things reality stars do, like dress up and go look at houses. Kim wouldn’t leave Kanye West’s side, nor would she put down her Louis Vuitton Yayoi Kusama Zippy Wallet in red monogram dots. (more…)

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