Buddhist Monks’ With Louis Vuitton Bags, Aviators Spark Outrage

Louis Vuitton bags to get even MORE expensive as luxury fashion giant raises prices by up to 12per cent

Hilary Duff

Theyre also, of course, traveling by private plane. The video has sparked criticism from all over the world, prompting Thailands Office of National Buddhism to announce it is now monitoringAthe monks for inappropriate behavior. The agencysAdirector-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said this week : When Lord Buddha was alive, there wasnt anything like this. There were no cars, smartphones or cameras, so the rules were much simpler. While the monks need to keep themselves abreast of new knowledge, current events and technology, they are restrained to choose the appropriate tools. Nopparat added that the Buddhist monks in the video were acting inappropriately, not composed and not adhering to Buddhas teachings of simplicity and self-restraint. Glad thats settled. He did, however, offer one interesting piece of data by way of explanation: AIn many cases, it was the followers who gave the monks the luxury. Some bought them sports cars.

Louis Vuitton status purse at heart of San Jose murder trial

And with its cavernous interior, versatile side drawstrings to adjust the shape of the bag, and impeccable construction (this is Louis Vuitton, after all), it might just be the perfect carryall. So you can imagine our excitement when we learned that for the first time, the iconic French brand released a collection of Neverfull totes in a dazzling array of colored Epi leather. Now, you may be asking what’s so hot about Epi leather, especially since it’s ribbed and structured rather than soft and supple. That raised texture means that it can withstand a beating (read: this bag knows how much it’s going to be used, and it’s ready to last a lifetime). But the best part about this new collection just may be the colors. You can now get a Neverfull in seven hues, from bright blue to deep red and brilliant orange. If there’s a way to add an instant burst of chromatic personality to your outfit, this is it. We love the idea of the blue for Summer perfectly paired with a white sundress but if you’re looking to get a little more mileage out of your bag, we could totally see carrying the purple or red Neverfull straight into Fall. Priced at $1,990, these bags certainly aren’t cheap, but remember how we said they would last a lifetime? Consider the investment and browse the full collection in stores and online , available now.

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

LVMH, the luxury brand’s parent company, introduced the price hike across its main markets at the beginning of the year in an attempt to keep on top of sliding currencies. Pricey accessories: Louis Vuitton has raised the prices on many of its best-selling items by up to 12per cent – pictured is the Speedy handbag (left) and Neverfull tote (right) According to analysts’ estimates canvas items make up about two-thirds of Louis Vuitton’s total accessories sales. Price increases of around ten per cent were spotted in the euro zone, and of ten per cent or more in the UK and in the U.S. over recent months. It also noted hikes of five to ten per cent on the same goods in several Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Where ARE your clothes made, Juicy Couture? Confusing slogan says ‘manufactured in the glamorous USA’ but tags read ‘made in Vietnam’ Japan was the first to feel the pinch. On February 15 prices were upped by about 12per cent to account for the yen plummeting to a three-year low against the dollar and the euro. A spokesperson for Louis Vuitton explained to Bloomberg at the time: ‘We are an importer, so the weakening yen and rising raw material prices are part of the reason for the price increase.’ Analysts said the higher prices are unlikely to drive away its most loyal customers, who often don’t check price tags before they buy.

Louis Vuitton Leather Neverfull Pictures

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.

2A) A story in Friday’s Local News section about the murder trial of San Jose resident Peter Shui misspelled the name of Shui’s lawyer. He is Rod O’Connor. SAN JOSE — Louis Vuitton purses are beyond popular in Silicon Valley, where the distinctive leather bags made by the French fashion house can be seen dangling from the arms of many women, and are particularly popular in certain parts of the Asian community. Now, the prized status symbol is playing a central role in a San Jose murder trial. Both the defense and prosecution agree that a white monogram “LV” bag, typically worth about $2,000, triggered an argument that eventually led Peter Shui to stab his mistress — more than 11 times. But Shui, 50, has pleaded not guilty by reason of (temporary) insanity to killing his mistress Stella Zheng. However, his attorney Rod O’Connor has chosen to reserve any insanity argument to the second phase of trial. In the current first phase — called the “guilt” phase — the lawyer is arguing only that the jury of eight women and four men should convict Shui of either voluntary “heat of passion” manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter.

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