Here’s Nicky Hilton, headed to lunch at The Smile in downtown Manhattan, carrying a Louis Vuitton Trompe L’oeil Trocadero Bag, which, according to our research, seems to date all the way back to Fall 2006. I’d like to think she pulled this one out of the archives just for us. In any case, this Trocadero looks great with her simple little black dress and eye-popping animal print sandals.

Nicky has two truly splendid editions of “The Many Bags” (which you can view here and here), but I don’t think we saw this particular Louis Vuitton bag in either one of them. Which begs the question: is Nicky holding out on us?! Oh, what we wouldn’t do in exchange for a full guided tour of her handbag stash. (Are you listening, Nicky? Let’s make this happen.)

Just when we thought we’d found all the mind-bending price information we could handle for the upcoming season, Louis Vuitton has gone and reminded us that one of the many internal changes it’s making is adding more high-priced exotic bags to its selection. The Louis Vuitton Crocodile Lady Bag PM, which made its public debut in the brand’s Fall 2014 runway show, will retail for a staggering $54,500. (more…)

Here’s actress Emma Roberts, leaving the salon in West Hollywood with some fresh blonde locks and a Louis Vuitton Monogram Montsouris Backpack. This particular model of backpack is no longer made, and judging by the patina on this one’s leather trim, I’m guessing Emma picked it up as a vintage piece. In case you weren’t aware, you can now shop a vast assortment of vintage Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi and Gucci bags and accessories at ShopBop.

Emma Roberts has one of those Hollywood careers that perplexes me greatly. She’s never been in anything wildly successful; in fact her biggest earners might’ve been the PG flicks she first appeared in way back in 2006-2007. And yet, her star never seems to falter, regardless of whether or not she’s actually appearing in films. (I had the same thoughts recently about Rachel McAdams.) Anyways, Emma’s been around long enough to amass an impressive designer handbag collection, which you can peruse at your leisure here.

I’ve got a Monday morning confession for you guys: I listen to too much Drake. Arguably, any Drake is “too much Drake,” but I probably listen to too much, even by lenient standards. We all have our crosses to bear. In one song that comes up often on my iPod (“Up All Night,” if you’d like to Google it and then judge me accordingly), rapper Nicki Minaj makes a guest appearance in which she speaks of giving Lil Wayne the “Louis Presidential Briefcase.” If she’s speaking of the Louis Vuitton Président Classeur Briefcase, Ms. Minaj clearly has fine taste.

The Président Classeur is, like a Birkin, a bag that’s really in-your-face about being expensive and made of fine materials without being logo-ridden or otherwise obvious. It’s discreet, in a way, but in other ways, totally not discreet–you can tell it costs a zillion dollars from 20 paces, even if you’re not someone who’s well-versed in luxury goods. It’s the perfect status-symbol accessory for men (unless you count watches, which we don’t, because this is not the place for watches).

Of course, it has a price tag to match. Pick up one of your own for $11,100 via Louis Vuitton.

Here’s Hilary Duff, leaving a fitness studio in West Hollywood, carrying a Louis Vuitton Speedy Empreinte 25 Bandoulière Bag and a Goyard St. Louis Tote. Strangely enough, we’ve seen Hilary carry both of these bags before, which is a definite first/sign of the end times. We know from extensive research that Hilary uses her many lightweight, durable Goyard totes as diaper bags and gym bags fairly frequently. Goyard doesn’t sell its bags online, but you can find Hilary’s Speedy for $2,840 at Louis Vuitton.

Hilary Duff’s handbag collection seems to expand exponentially with every passing season. If you feel the need to keep abreast of every Duff acquisition in recent history, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Though, be warned: it’s an alarming amount of handbags. Check out “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff” and “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff, Part 2.”

Louis Vuitton has always had one of the more comprehensive websites of the major handbag brands – it’s always had e-commerce, and even for pieces not sold online, prices and color options were generally available for shopper’ perusal – but it’s never been one of the more functional of fashion’s branded sites. Thanks to Nicolas Ghesquiere and his new vision for the brand, all that has changed. Please say the appropriate thank-yous to the deity of your choice. (more…)

We already know what Louis Vuitton’s quest for fancier customers means on the high end of the brand’s price spectrum, but changes in LV’s mid-range bags, like those made of Epi or Vernis leather, have been a little slower to materialize. As a business strategy, that’s somewhat predictable – give people something super-expensive over which to work themselves into a lather, and then roll out incrementally more accessible options that embody the same style to capture greater market share. Thus, we bring you news of the brand new Louis Vuitton Marly Bag. (more…)

We brought you the first look at Nicolas Ghesquiere’s inaugural campaign for Louis Vuitton two weeks ago, and since then, the brand has slowly released new images from legendary photographers Bruce Weber, Juergen Teller and Annie Leibovitz. We’ve collected them for examination, and if nothing else, they show a new creative director with an exceptionally clear vision.

Ghesquiere’s view of Vuitton, seen through both the photographs and the clothes themselves, is markedly less obviously glam than that of predecessor Marc Jacobs. Take a look at the new images below – are you excited for what Nicolas Ghesquiere has in store at Vuitton?

Every bag lover knows the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram pattern, but the House of Louis Vuitton dates back to the mid-1850s and has a long line of heritage and craftsmanship. My newest obsession is the Louis Vuitton Capucines bags, whose name pays homage to the earliest Louis Vuitton Maison, which was located on rue Neuve-des-Capucines in 1854.

The signature bag may look simple, but it’s anything but. The bag is a marriage of two leathers: rounded, strong bull-calf leather alongside supple, silky calfskin. The combination adds a level of discreet elegance that is hard to ignore.

Consumers have turned away from monograms as a whole, from luxury designers and contemporary brands like Coach alike, and clearly Louis Vuitton listens to its shoppesr. Sure, some may still want to buy the classic monogram bags, but many prefer the timeless elegance that remains part of the brand’s heritage.

With the Capucines, you get an extremely very well-made bag, which takes over 250 individual handcrafted operations to arrive at the final product. The colors vary season to season, with one of my favorite renditions right now following the snakeskin handle trend.

Another special touch surrounds Louis Vuitton’s initials, which have never been seen in this interpretation. The LV initials are sheathed in bull-calf leather and then inserted into claws set into the grain of the leather. It may not seem like a big deal, but this is new for the brand and took its craftsmen much careful development.

When I learned the intricate design details that went into production of this bag, I expected higher price tags. And with the Capucines, you are looking at some of the largest price tags Vuitton offers for its leather bags. A Capucines can be had for $4,400 for the smaller BB, $5,600 for the MM, and $6,050 for the GM via Louis Vuitton.

While Louis Vuitton’s women’s business has been in a state of flux over the past two seasons, the men’s side has been humming along quite nicely in the hands of creative director Kim Jones. Jones’ has done a great deal in his relatively short tenure at the brand to make the men’s line distinctive, including creating its own logo of sorts. For Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 2015, Jones continued to build on that foundation. (more…)

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