Walking Tall: Inside Louis Vuitton’s shoe factory

Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag now available in bright Epi leather

Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag now in Epi leather

The materials library has a giant colour card on the wall marked s/s 14 – the beginnings of the collection that will be unveiled on the catwalk in September. Models on the catwalk at the Louis Vuitton Paris Fashion Week show. Perhaps the most intriguing space is the Quality Lab, which is like a torture chamber for shoes. This clinical white space has machines designed to put the shoes through a series of rigorous trials. There is the abrasion test, which sees what will happen when a particularly tough denim cuff hits the back of a shoe; the rub test, which examines how artificial sweat affects the colour of a shoe; and a sandpaper roll, to see how rubber soles wear – the equivalent of being dragged along by a car for 40 metres (don’t ask what the average Louis Vuitton customer gets up to). There is also the heel-fatigue test, which sees a hammer bashing away at a heel 14,000 times, and a heel-pull-off machine, which replicates the stress on a stiletto stuck between cobblestones. And, increasingly important considerating the global market in which Louis Vuitton operates, is the climatic chamber, which looks like an industrial oven. When I visited it was set to 95 per cent humidity and 50C heat to see how a shoe would fare in Hong Kong.

The price of LV products such as Louis Vuitton Bags has had some increasing

On the other hand, the price of Louis Vuitton products such as louis vuitton handbags and louis vuitton purses in the UK and U.S. market have also increased by at least 10 percent. In the mainland of China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, the price of LV has also increased by 5 percent to 10 percent. Some people would have the feeling that this would be the purpose for LV group to face with the economic crisis around the world. However, the chairman and CEO of LVMH Group whose name is Bernard Arnault has also said that the strength of authentic louis vuitton bags the euro and some of the currency exchange rates may lead to higher fees which would be charged by LVMH. The company has also said that the price growth of Louis Vuitton products such as Louis Vuitton Bags in Japan was this brand’s largest growth in its own history. This price increasing is to offset the impact from weaker of yen on sales of LV products such as louis vuitton handbags. In addition to protecting of the profits for the selling for the LV products, the increasing of price must be visible. In our opinion, this would be means go to website for LV to accelerate their reposition of their products such as Louis Vuitton Bags in the market. The analyst from website http://www.luvbagmore.com has said that this decision might be influential the number of items which would be sold.

LVMH declined to make executives available to discuss the business. Wide Appeal Providing a broad range of skincare and fragrances has been key to Sephoras success since it was founded in 1969. Acquired by LVMH in 1997, it has become the worlds biggest beauty retailer, with about 1,300 shops in 27 countries. Sephora plans to open about 120 stores a year through 2017, Sanford Bernstein estimates. Theres no multibrand competitor that covers as many regions as Sephora, and rivals such as Ulta in the U.S. and Nocibe SA in France lack the resources it enjoys with backing from LVMH. Sephora has 27 percent of the beauty retail market in France, 12 percent in the U.S. and 15 percent in China, Sanford Bernstein says.

LVMH Lipstick Growing Bigger Than Bags as Vuitton Slows: Retail

London carry all by My Other Bag, $50 at http://www.myotherbag.com. Click image to enlarge By Sara Bauknecht/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Can’t afford a Louis Vuitton or Chanel-style handbag? Now fashionistas can have the look of a designer purse (without the price!), plus the size and durability of a recyclable grocery bag with My Other Bag, a line of totes and carryalls with illustrations of designer purses printed on them. Founder and creative director Tara Martin started the collection after her home city of Santa Monica, Calif., banned plastic grocery bags. Other than lugging around an ordinary bag, she wanted something that was not only practical but also fashionable. The My Other Bag line is made in Los Angeles and goes for $30 for totes, $50 for carryalls and $40 for “pouchettes,” a longer, wider style with a zip top. Shop the full collection at http://www.myotherbag.com . For more from PG fashion writer Sara Bauknecht, check out the PG’s Stylebook blog at http://www.post-gazette.com/stylebook .

Stylebook Snapshot: My Other Bag totes

London carry all by My Other Bag, $50 at www.myotherbag.com.

So is Louis Vuitton’s updated version of the Neverfull handbag. An iconic shape among the LV collection, the previously monogrammed tote is now available in a range of brightly dyed Epi leather textures, with statement red, fuchsia pink and tangerine (or Piment as they call it) leading the pack. Spacious and chic, the longstanding bag shape offers flexibility when it comes to dressing up or down, while those new hues are set to steal hearts the bag world over. What do you think? Loving the new Louis Vuitton? CLASSIC HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton Neverfull Epi in Piment orange

Sorry Louis Vuitton, China’s No Longer Into You

The trunk maker owned by Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC) lifted prices on bags such as the Speedy and NeverFull by about 10 percent in the euro region, Antoine Belge , an HSBC analyst, said today in a note to clients. 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 Raised Most Non-Leather Handbag Prices, HSBC Says

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.

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