The price points ensure there is something for all tastes and budgets. ‘Hermès is known as the leading luxury handbag designer and it is unsurprising that the iconic Birkin and Kelly designs continue to thrive at auction,’ says Pat Frost, director of Christie’s fashion department. ‘Exquisite quality is at the heart of Hermès handbags and this sale offers the crème de la crème of Hermès designs with a number of timeless pieces and rare exotic leathers. ‘The online-only format of this sale follows hot on the heels of our successful Vintage Couture: Handbags, Luggage and Accessories sale in April this year. ‘This sale which runs for 10 days provides another extended opportunity for buyers around the world to purchase handbags and accessories by some of the greatest designers of all time.’ Handbag history: A lesson Hermès Kelly and Birkin bags continue to be highly sought-after and have become increasingly popular since they were first designed. Birkin bags were inspired by English actress and singer Jane Birkin in the 1980s. In a chance encounter with the former Hermès CEO on an airplane, the celebrity suggested the design for a weekend bag, which paved the way for the consistently popular ‘Birkin’ bag. The Kelly bag was named after Grace Kelly, who in 1956 had just become Princess of Monaco and was seen carrying the original leather ‘Sac à dépêche’ to hide her pregnancy. Photographs of the young starlet were sent all over the world, leading to the bag being known as the Kelly. Originally designed in 1935 the Check My Source shape is a classic form which has gained worldwide acclaim.
(POTUS scored an Hermes golf bag, a Louis Vuitton briefcase and a Lacoste shirt from President Sarkozy in 2011 alone.) But the rest of the world’s leaders got in on the fun at this week’s G8 Summit : Women’s Wear Daily reports that Mulberry gifted Obama and his fellow attendees with sweet monogrammed leather bags . Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and President Obama all reportedly received brown leather overnight bags from Mulberry’s Fall 2013 collection. As the only woman of the group, Germany’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a black Piccadilly bag, one of the British brand’s classic leather handbags. ( It’s going for $2,300 on Mulberry’s website right now, if you’re looking to channel the German politico.) The fashionable gifts are a nice perk, especially since the G8 turned out to be a surprisingly informal conference. Over the course of the two-day event in Northern Ireland, we barely saw anyone wearing a tie — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe even got away with a snazzy Louis Vuitton Purses pink shirt and two-toned shoes . Unfortunately, no sightings of the Mulberry bags. The Piccadilly Bag: Barack Obama has always been pretty stylish… Loading Slideshow Obama (kneeling in front row) 1970s
We’ve long thought Louis Vuitton’s epic handbags are museum quality, but now their flagship store will be, too. Starting tomorrow at Louis Vuitton’s Fifth Avenue Maison, models of dinosaur fossils will appear in the windows, propping up and interacting with classic Vuitton bags including the Speedy, the Sofia Coppola (created in partnership with the filmmaker), and the Alma. Mannequins dressed in Vuitton’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection will “ride” the dinosaurs, too (but with considerably less carnage and more status accessories than Laura Dern in Jurassic Park). The project was inspired by a visit to the French Natural History Museum in Paris’s Les Jardins des Plantes. As these exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Vuitton studio prove, when history repeats itself, it sometimes gets much more chic.
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We had handpicked exclusive accessories by Roberto Cavalli to woo all mothers. Now it’s time to bring a smile to dad’s face by gifting him an over the top item that screams luxury. We have rounded up a list of Louis Vuitton accessories for fashion conscious fathers. While all the three bags belong to their Summer Spring 2013 collection, the cufflinks and bracelet will also help to jazz up the world’s best father’s style statement. Keepall Bandouliere 45 (featured above) – The bright orange Keepall Bandouliere 45 in supple Damier Infini leather celebrates Louis Vuitton’s heritage. Worth $3,050, it can be worn on the shoulder or carried by hand. Aptly designed to serve as a stylish travel companion it is sized at WxHxD – 17.7 x 10.6 x 7.9 inches. Messenger Bag – Louis Vuitton’s messenger bag offered in two shades of Khakhi and Oxygene will add a splash of color to the season.
The two companies have been locked in a bitter feud ever since LVMH, which owns Louis Vuitton and dozens of other luxury brands, revealed that it had secretly built up a 17-percent stake in the family-dominated Hermès. LVMH, led by tycoon Bernard Arnault, later built this holding up to 22.6 percent prompting Hermès to cry foul and accuse Arnault of surreptitiously trying to add Hermès to his large stable of brands. In its accusation at a French business court, Hermès accuses LVMH of using highly complex financial instruments set up by top French banks that enabled it to conceal its buying spree from French regulators. Hermès demands that LVMH sell back the stock to the three banks – Societe Generale, Natixis and Credit Agricole – which are themselves accused in court of acting as de-facto fronts for the alleged takeover attempt. The courtroom battle is the latest in a barrage of legal proceedings launched by Hermès against LVMH, whose spokesman told Les Echos that the accusations by Hermès were unfounded and part of wider slander campaign. Court fines Depardieu €4,000 for drunk driving A court on Friday handed down eccentric French actor Gérard Depardieu’s long-awaited punishment for drunk driving, after a series of missed court dates. Dépardieu was fined €4,000 and had his driver’s license suspended for 6 months. READ ( ) » The French government announced on June 21st it would expand the number of speed radars on France’s roads to 4,200 by the end of 2013. Photo: Laurent Henschen French roads are set to have 4,200 speed cameras by the end of this year, it was revealed on Friday, as the country’s road safety authorities continue to tackle road deaths with enhanced technology and added vigilance. READ ( ) » Photo: The Local French president François Hollande has pledged to stem the rise in unemployment by the end of the year.