Louis Vuitton celebrates Americana

Daughter’s Got a Brand New Bag, and It’s Louis Vuitton

Thursday, June 27, 2013 | Posted: 1:55 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2013 Louis Vuitton celebrates Americana Models are being made up before Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2014 men’s fashion collection to be presented Thursday, June 27, 2013 in Paris. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) Sponsored Links The Associated Press PARIS The Louis Vuitton man moved from the eastern Himalayas of last season to the sunny West Coast of the United States for this spring-summer 2014. “This was the American road trip, just enjoying and celebrating Americana from NASA through to the traditional things such as bandanas,” said designer Kim Jones, breaking a sweat backstage Thursday at the Paris show that was held inside a scorching conservatory. The collection ranged from the road trip, as imagined in khaki parkas with travel badges and cotton printed bandanas, to a whole mix of different American styles: From sportswear, as in white, blue and red silk graph check tailored shorts, to Gatsby-style evening suits in raw kimono silk with a classy curved lower part. As ever, when traveling anywhere Vuitton-style, don’t expect to rough it. Stylish and coiffed David Beckham looked approvingly on from the front row. Silhouettes were tight and masculine.

Louis Vuitton buying Philippine croc skins

Mercado and Sons Agricultural Enterprises, Inc. (JKMSAE) that owns the crocodile farm and slaughterhouse, said that other premium bag makers also buy the skins that they get from the slaughtered saltwater crocodiles or the Crocodylus porosus species. Quality crocodile skin commands a very high price and is said to be sold per centimeter. Located in Barangay New Katipunan in Kapalong, the 10-hectare JKMSAE farm breeds over 6,000 crocodiles both for conservation (Crocodylus mindorensis species) and trade purposes. The crocodile slaughterhouse is considered to be the most modern and second largest in the country. Mercado said that the JKMSAE slaughters at least 24 crocodiles a day. The reptiles first undergo an electric stunner and the coil is cut before their brains are picked to make sure that the crocodiles are dead. Mercado said that while the skin is sold to luxury bag makers, the crocodile meat, on the other hand, is sold in the local market and made into delicacies.

Louis Vuitton to buy croc skins

Shell be the No. 2 executive in a unit that accounts for half of LVMHs pretax earnings, evidence that shes being groomed for a top jobperhaps the top jobat the Paris-based luxury giant. While Vuitton is still the worlds most valuable luxury brand, its losing ground to competitors such as Gucci and Prada ( 1913 ) as demand wanes for the iconic LV monogrammed handbag. A report last month by consultancy Millward Brown Optimor estimated that Vuittons brand value declined 12 percent over the past year. LVMH in April reported its weakest fashion and leather goods revenues in more than three years as sales flattened in China. As consumers make room for those luxuries that make them feel better by trading down on other items, it is the middle-of-the-road brands, such as Vuitton, that have suffered, Millward Brown Optimor said. Delphine Arnaults task will be to give the brand a more exclusive aura, deemphasizing its ubiquitous monogrammed canvas bags and introducing costlier leather bags. In the short term, that could depress sales growth, as LVMH also has said it plans to open fewer Vuitton boutiques. Delphine is the eldest of Bernard Arnaults five children.

Louis Vuitton series sets off as America’s Cup drama begins

Peacekeepers to stay in Golan MANILA: The Philippine government will continue to deploy Filipino peacekeepers to Golan Heights provided that the United Nations will improve the security measures for them, a senior government official said yesterday. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said this was the condition set by President Benigno S Aquino III after an assessment team, of which he is a member, submitted its recommendation to him. Subject to meeting considerations which the Philippines has made to enhance the security and safety of our peacekeepers, the President has expressed the Philippines is prepared to continue its United Nations Disengagement Observer Force participation, he said. He added that the president has agreed to continue with the deployment of the 340 contingent until August 11. Councillor shot dead in Abra MANILA: A councillor was killed and robbed after he bought cattle in Abra province, police said yesterday. Police identified the victim as Rogelio Talingdan, 52, a businessman of Sitio Naguilian, Brgy San Gregorio, Lapaz, Abra. Investigation showed that a gunman approached and shot the victim twice on the head after he negotiated to buy cattle at Brgy Talogtog, Dolores last July 4 at the porch of the cattle market office. The assailant grabbed the victims jacket which reportedly contained P500,000 then ran toward Brgy Kimmalaba also in Dolores, police said. Investigators recovered from the scene two slugs of still unknown gun calibre.

(Trouble is now the companys ambassador for the Americas Cup). When races kick off for the eighth regatta in San Francisco this July, it will be the 30th year the luxury conglomerate has sponsored the challenger series. Louis Vuitton, whose other involvement in sport is sponsoring a vintage car race between Monte Carlo and Venice, has reaped obvious rewards in the past 30years from naming rights and international press coverage to using the event in the 1990s to experiment with live web coverage. It has also developed a lineof products specifically for the Cup, including hats, ties, towels, shoes and bags.As the Cups official timekeeper thisyearLouis Vuitton also uses the racetointroduce consumers to new watchdesigns. As teams battle it out for the 34th Americas Cup trophy, the focus is more likely to be on the design of the boats. For the first time the regatta will feature AC72s multihulls with rigid wing sails instead of soft sails, and hydrofoils that lift the boat out of the water at speeds of up to 45 knots (known as foiling). The Louis Vuitton Cup will serve as a crucial rehearsal for all teams sailing these catamarans.

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