Julie de Libran: Louis Vuitton’s secret weapon

Louis Vuitton Raised Most Non-Leather Handbag Prices, HSBC Says

But while no one could accuse Louis Vuitton’s creative director Marc Jacobs of a feeble ego (see his recent topless Diet Coke promotions), he’s always been generous around his staff. Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton Bags for example, is the acknowledged designer at Louis Vuitton menswear, and de Libran’s ownership of the cruise and pre-fall lines is well publicised. ‘He’s given me amazing space, and we’ve become close through working together,’ she says. ‘But it’s not like we go out for dinner all the time.’ In this world, relationships are instead forged through intensive work schedules. ‘The longest day? Well, during the shows, we could start around 8.30am, work all night and not go to bed at all. Sometimes I manage to go home and take a shower before the show starts at 10am.’ De Libran with Christel Takigawa and Sofia Coppola Love and perfectionism, she says, keep her going, ‘and coffee and lots of water’. De Libran and Jacobs only met at her job interview, though both were mutual friends of the film director Sofia Coppola, whom de Libran had met in Paris at the ‘baby gym’ with Balthazar. One of the first pieces she produced at Louis Vuitton was the wonderfully understated Sofia bag, which has since been seen on the arm of every celebrity from Kate Moss to Kirsten Dunst.

Fashion Dissection: Who Rocked It Best At “Louis Vuitton” Opening Event

With prices starting at just 400, those with a fetish for designer arm candy but a shoestring budget to match might be in with a chance of snapping up a bargain from the London auction house. The online-only event, dubbed Vintage Couture: Handbags and Accessories, includes luxury handbags by Hermes, Chanel and Louis Vuitton and closes on Monday, 24 June at 2pm. To by and Hermes bag today could mean being on a waiting list for months but now Christie’s offers the opportunity to snap one up immediately. Here, Femail exclusively shows you a selection of the bags going to the highest bidder. Christie’s Selection Brights lot features some eye-popping summer shades to spruce up tired wardrobes Top seller: Lot 33, the 2011 35cm amethyst matte crocodile Birkin bag has a whopping final sale estimate of up to 26,000 Two Hermes beauties: A 2010 rouge cerise bag with padlock, keyfob, dustbag and box, estimate: 6,000 – 8,000 (left) and a 2010 jaune d’or and pumpkin bag, estimate: 5,000 – 7,000 (right), both 35cm Epsom leather Birkins with silver palladium hardware Lot 54: A 42cm 2007 monogram canvas ellipse bag by Louis Vuitton, with goldtone metal hardware and fittings for a shoulder strap, estimate 500 – 700 The highest lot in the sale is an amethyst matte crocodile Birkin Hermes bag with an estimate of 24,000 – 26,000. The auction house have said they expect the entire auction total to raise in the region of 400,000.

A vicuna near Ecuador’s majestic Mt. Chimborazo. Louis Vuitton is trying to take the slow road back to its dominance as a luxury retail brand, riding the back of a llama-like animal and a $2.56 billion acquisition. As I noted recently, the French vendor of elite handbags, clothing, jewelry and champagne has lost some of its shine. While it is still the worlds number one luxury brand, it has lost some of its luster to rivals like Prada and Gucci. Luster is everything in the allure of the luxury world, so LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (the full name-dropping moniker of the company) is doing what it can to polish up. Its latest move: Its spending $2.56 billion to acquire 80 percent of Loro Piana, an exclusive Italian textile firm and clothier that hails from near Lake Como, a place where George Clooney hangs out.

Sorry Louis Vuitton, China’s No Longer Into You

Those belong on some fashionably flamboyant and fabulous fashionista out there and not on this serious actor. That blazer looks a few inches too short for him and that broach is killing me softly. Who put this much make-up on our T.O.P ? T.O.P seems to be channeling his inner Hugh Hefner and by golly dare I say it, it just ain’t working. He’s young and one of the hottest stars and this look just ages him by 10 years. Put a cigar in his mouth, a glass of champagne in his right hand and a blonde bimbo on his left and they’ll dub him the new Korean Playboy. Lee Byung Hyun ?

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

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

Vuitton raised prices by at least 10 percent in the U.K. and U.S., and by 5 percent to 10 percent in Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, the analyst wrote. The euros strength against some currencies may lead LVMH to charge more, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault said Jan. 31. Vuittons price increase in Japan, the biggest ever by the brand in the country, was taken to offset the impact of the yens slide on sales, the company said Feb. 20. In addition to protecting margins, the price increases must be seen, in our view, as a means to accelerate LVs repositioning towards more leather, Belge wrote. The decision will probably weigh on the number of items sold, though its the right thing for brand equity longer term. Vuittons 2013 sales may rise 6 percent, excluding currency moves, while volume may decline 2 percent to 3 percent, Belge wrote.

Louis Vuitton’s “slow” road back to prestige

Not by a long shot. Its firmly in the No. 2 spot. David Sadigh, Founder & CEO of Digital Luxury Group,said Louis Vuittons weak first quarter had a lot to do with China being over-sold the brand. Brands from different segments ranging from Chanel to Coach or Burberry are continuing to grow. The Chinese market is still developing. In order to stay ahead of the game, brands must have the ability to adapt (and) reduce the risk of brand saturation. In the case of Louis Vuitton, LVMH has already shifted gears, putting the brakes on its global expansion, while raising prices and developing more leather upmarket products, he said. This years China World Luxury Index shows Chinese consumer interest in the luxury fashion segment is mostly fixated on 10 global brands. After Chanel and Louis Vuitton comes Gucci in third place, followed by Hermes, Coach, Prada, Dior, Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Versace at No.

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