Louis Vuitton is Dino-mite

Nathan Outteridge (on the right) is set to steer the Artemis boat in the Louis Vuitton Cup. (Clive Mason/Getty)

6. The winner of the round-robin can advance directly to the finals; otherwise, the semifinals are the first races that really count. The winner of the finals faces Oracle Team USA in the Americas Cup in September. Outteridge won a gold medal in the 49er class at the London Olympics in 2012. He was the helmsman for Team Korea in the 2011-12 Americas Cup World Series before Artemis lured him for the 2012-13 season. He was steering the Artemis boat when it capsized near Treasure Island.

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

‘Exquisite quality is at the heart of Hermes handbags and this sale offers the creme de la creme of Hermes 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 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 see page 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.

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 per cent stake in the family-dominated Hermes. LVMH, led by tycoon Bernard Arnault, later built this holding up to 22.6 per cent prompting Hermes to cry foul and accuse Mr Arnault of surreptitiously trying to add Hermes to his large stable of brands. In its accusation at a French business court, Hermes 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. Hermes 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 Hermes against LVMH, whose spokesman told the French newspaper that the accusations by Hermes were unfounded and part of wider slander campaign. Story first published on: June 19, 2013 18:38 (IST)

Related articles The many faces of Louis Vuitton’s chequerboard collection Street artist Eine, AKA Ben Eine, is best known for his alphabet lettering that adorns many a east London shop shutter in the trendy Brick Lane and Shoreditch areas, and he is a contemporary of Banksy and Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett. He began his career as an underground artist but found fame of a sort when David Cameron gifted a piece of his work, ‘Twenty First Century City’, to Barack Obama in 2010. IN PICTURES: The many faces of Louis Vuitton’s chequerboard collection Now he’s designed artwork which is emblazoned upon Vuitton’s ‘Giant Square’ scarf, which measures an impressive 136cm x 136cm, and will launch exclusively at Selfridges Oxford Street on Monday. Titled ‘Great Adventures’, the neon-lettered artwork on the scarf illustrates “how I feel, every time you get off a plane in a new city, it is the beginning of an adventure, all about new encounters,” says Eine. To celebrate the collaboration, Louis Vuitton will open a new pop-up space dedicated to Textiles on the Ground Floor at Selfridges, and the man himself will be there from Friday, June 21 until Sunday, June 23 graffitting the space in preparation for its grand opening on Monday. The scarf will be available exclusively at Selfridges until July 1, after which it will be available worldwide at Louis Vuitton stores and concessions, priced at 465.

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And now, we have one morepretty gargantuanreason to talk about the house. Today, Vuitton revealed that its new window installations will not consist of the brightly hued works of an eccentric or iconic artist (cue Stephen Sprouse and Yayoi Kusama). Instead, the brand has opted for dinosaurs. Seven stores worldwideincluding the boutiques on Paris Champs Elysees, Londons New Bond Street, and New Yorks Fifth Avenuewill get the Jurassic treatment, hosting golden reproductions of prehistoric skeletons in their facades. Velociraptors, Dimetrodons, Stegosauruses, Tyrannosaurus Rexes, and Triceratopses are just some of the species that will inhabit the displays, which were apparently inspired by a trip to the Natural History Museum in Paris Les Jardins des Plantes. On view from tomorrow, the beasts seem fairly friendlymannequins wearing Vuittons Pre-Fall 13 wares are perched peacefully atop the creatures backs.

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