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.

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?

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