Buddhist Monks in Flashy Aviators and Lois Vuitton Bags: Over 300 Reprimanded (VIDEO)

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‘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 Hermes 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 Hermes 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 a depeche’ 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 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-towns 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 bags 50th birthday.

(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 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.

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

Not been keeping up with the fraud fight? Don’t worry, we’ve summarised the full details for you here , but basically Hermes has accused Louis Vuitton’s parent company of illegally trying to amass a majority stake in its shareholdings. As the case continued to play out in a French court this week, Hermes reportedly accused LVMH of committing the “most important fraud in the history of the French stock market.” It’s a heavy claim and Hermes representatives have shown no sign of wavering under the power of their words, but despite the severity of the accusations, LVMH is still claiming total innocence. In fact, a spokesperson has gone so far as to tell French newspapers that Hermes’ claims should be dismissed entirely, and considered a part of a wider slander campaign. Eeish. You can’t get more of an ‘it wasn’t me’ Louis Vuitton Outlet than that. What do you think? Reckon LVMH was up to no good? More details here to help you decide.

With Fall comes a whole host of fashions and accessories. Louis Vuitton teamed up with sibling fashion duo Jake and Dinos Chapman a.k.a. the Chapman Brothers to go in on the Fall/Winter Accessories collection. Known for their eye-catching and provocative designs, The Chapman Brothers brought a new element to the Louis Vuitton brand. The bags and scarves are adorned with a heavily embroidered and colorful pattern, compliments of the Chapmans. The edgy patterns have navy blue and red bases, with owls, vines, flowers, sharp-teethed koalas, and even an eye ball as part of the design. This limited edition collection will be dropping soon at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. Check the gallery after the jump to some of the pieces and the design.

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The behavior of the monks has been referred to as “inappropriate.” “When Lord Buddha was alive, there wasn’t 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,” the agency’s director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said in a statement this week, according to The Gloss. Nopparat added that the monks in the video were acting “inappropriately, not composed and not adhering to Buddha’s teachings of simplicity and self-restraint.” It is unclear where the monks might have collected such expensive items. The director suggested that at times, followers of Buddhism often share gifts with monks to show their appreciation. Like us on Facebook “In many cases, it was the followers who gave the monks the luxury. Some bought them sports cars. This is by no means necessary,” he said. This is not the first time that Thailand has experienced problems with individuals who have chosen to be monks. Last year, according NBC, about 300 out of 61,416 Buddhist monks and novices in Thailand were reprimanded due to misconduct that included alcohol consumption, having sex with women, and extortion.

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Antoine Belge, an analyst at HSBC , revealed the cost increase applies to non-leather goods such as the popular canvas versions of the Speedy handbag and Neverfull tote. 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.

Chapman Brothers x Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013 Men’s Accessories Collection

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. This is by no means necessary. While it is ridiculous that followers of Buddhism would think 1) a Louis Vuitton bag is a cool thing to buy and 2) they should totally give it to a monk to show their appreciationwe think carrying logo purses is gross regardless of your commitment toAasceticism. Sorry not sorry.

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