Bag a bargain! Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton among 84 designer handbags up for online-only auction from 2pm TODAY

RM80,000 fake Louis Vuitton goods seized

Originally designed in 1935 the shape is a classic form which has gained worldwide acclaim. Actress Jane Birkin circa 1967 (left) and Coco Chanel (right) Chanel Chanel, ever practical, introduced a handbag suspended from thin straps in 1929, as an alternative to the clutch – freeing up the busy woman-about-town’s hands for other things.  When she returned from retirement in 1954, Chanel decided to update her handbag even further and called the bag 2.55 after the date of creation, February 1955. The 2.55 remains the most popular bag today, both vintage and new.   In fact, Chanel released an exact copy of the original 2.55 in February 2005 to commemorate the bag’s 50th birthday. It remains a design classic, with its quilted exterior and double chain straps.  Fans will know that the burgundy leather interiors were said to be inspired by Chanel’s convent school uniform and that when this bag has the ‘Mademoiselle’ lock, it is known as a ‘Classic Flap’.  The Double C lock was introduced in the 1980s. This sale includes several variants of the 2.55.  Lot 18: An emerald fabric classic flap bag Chanel, 2009-10 with silvertone metal hardware, classic chain, dustbag and box 30.5 cm, estimate: £1,500 – 2,500 Lot 65: An Hermès tan box lather passe-guide bag from 1979, estimated to fetch £2,500 – £3,500 The Vintage Couture: Handbags and Accessories online-only auction features 102 exquisite items. Lot 18: A 30cm 2011 lime bag, estimate £10,000-£15,000 (left) and Lot 34: A crocus 2012 with silver palladium hardware, padlock, keyfob and dustbag 35 cm, estimate: £5,000-£7,000 (right), both Epsom leather Birkins by Hermès Lot 5: A 2005 45cm limited edition monogram cerise canvas keepall bag Takashi Murakami for Louise Vuitton, goldtone metal hardware with handle fastener and dustbag, estimate:£1,000 – £2,000 Prices start at £400 at Christies.com . Bonhams auction fashion magazine collection for £15,000 Man In A Vuitton Bag at Bonhams is a rare collection of ‘the world’s chicest magazine’ – and it’s going under the hammer. Edition 18 of the contemporary fashion, art and design periodical Visionare is a Fashion Special which comes in a monogrammed Louis Vuitton portfolio. It sold its entire 2,500 print run in less than three weeks and is now to be sold at the Bonhams Books, Maps, Manuscripts and Photographs sale in Knightsbridge on Wednesday 19 June.  It is part of a collection of 53 issues of Visionaire, for sale as one lot, estimated at £15,000-20,000.

Meet the artisans: LVMH fires new shot in luxury marketing war

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Top seller: Lot 33, the 2011 35cm amethyst matte crocodile Birkin bag has a whopping final sale estimate of up to £28,000

The star producer and mega-hyphenate talks about how he keeps his ego in check in “the relentless pursuit of action.” By: Tyler Gray If you didn’t know who Pharrell Williams was before this past April, you almost certainly do now. That’s because Williams is the vaguely Michael Jackson-sounding singer in a Hedi Slimane-designed sparkly suit in the video for ” Get Lucky .” The chart-topping song from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories sold more than 2.5 million copies just one week after the album came out, and has nearly 60 million Vevo plays . The song and Pharrell are almost literally everywhere. But don’t mistake him for a front man. Williams, 40, is a behind-the-scenes creative and design force for fashion labels–Louis Vuitton and his own Ice Cream Clothing and Billionaire Boys Club . He’s helping pioneer a new sustainable clothing material and manufacturing process called Bionic Yarn . He created sonic branding platform UJAM and accompanying app VJAM with composer Hans Zimmer . He’s won four Grammys, created the original score for Despicable Me, and worked as a producer on too many music projects to list. When he lends his name to a promotion for, say, HTC , it’s because he actually wants to share big ideas with the company, not just rock the launch party.

Visiting the Source | A Rare Look Inside the Atelier of Louis Vuitton

Purveyors of luxury goods have been stepping up their efforts in recent years to portray their goods as “hand-made” in an attempt to justify their high prices and address consumers’ growing interest in the origins of the products they buy. Analysts say the sourcing and manufacture of goods have increasingly become a concern for customers, following a scandal over mislabeled horse meat in Europe and the deaths of more than 1,100 people in April in the collapse of a Bangladeshi textile factory that supplied some Western retailers. “Sophisticated consumers from emerging markets pay more and more attention to where things are made and how they are made because they want products which are really exclusive and with a level of quality and craftsmanship which justify their high pricing,” said Mario Ortelli, luxury goods analyst at Bernstein. Western brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci have long exploited that trend, with ad campaigns typically featuring sepia-toned photographs of artisans lovingly stitching bags or shoes. Now they are going a step further by inviting customers to watch the craftsmen at work. ARTISAN CORNER Gucci last week held an ‘artisan corner’ at Bloomingdale’s department store in New York where customers could see craftsmen hand-stitch bags, assemble bamboo handles and hand-emboss buyers’ initials. The brand says it has held over 100 similar events around the world since 2009. “Brands seek to reassure consumers on the origins of their products and on the way in which they are made,” said Thomas Chauvet, European luxury goods analyst at Citi Research. Hermes is conducting a worldwide tour of its artisans to present their “savoir faire” in silk scarf printing, handbag stitching or crafting of fine jewellery. Under the name “Festival of crafts,” it started such events in 2011 in malls, public places, galleries and museums.

From Louis Vuitton To Daft Punk, How Pharrell Williams Is The Ultimate Collaborator

Nearby, the less exotic leathers are stored — lamb and goat for linings, veal and cowhide for exteriors — all at a constant temperature (between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius). The house’s signature material is flesh-colored natural cowhide leather, the basis for all monogram bags. The more exotic leathers — stingray so thick you can’t stitch into it, python skins as long as eight meters — require specific expertise. Each exotic skin is colored and given a matte or glazed finish, then cut with pressurized machines, except for special orders, which are always cut by hand. Upstairs, craftsmen assemble and perfect the pieces. Glimpsing an unfinished handbag lining is like catching someone in her underwear: it appears denuded, vulnerable. Nearby, the wooden frames for the trunks are covered with canvas and leather. Following the rules on how to place the materials is a skill unto itself: the logo must always be centered, the monogram must never be cut, the flowers must correspond perfectly from one edge to another. Next, the signature Louis Vuitton “tumbler lock” is put in place. Since the founding of the company, every trunk has been given a unique registered lock number.

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