Bagheads: Chapman Brothers And Designers Kim Jones Give A Dark Twist To Classic Louis Vuitton Luggage

Louis Vuitton brings bags of class to Tel Aviv

Several floors up in the labels sleek headquarters on Rue du Pont Neuf, theres an endearing scruffiness to the Vuitton mens design studio, with bolts of fabric piled across tables, drifts of detritus, a lack of milk for coffee. The epicentre of scruff is Kim Jones own office, and at the eye of a storm of bric-a-brac sits the designer himself, the man charged with f creating menswear for the worlds most valuable luxury-goods brand 16.7 billion, according to the latest figures. If Jones doesnt dress the part, he also doesnt act it, which is refreshing. Indeed, before we sit down to talk, Jones whisks me through the studio where fittings for the catwalk show are ongoing, introducing me to show stylist Alister Mackie and most of the menswear team, before rifling through the racks and talking me through the collection in minutiae. Ive been to lots of designers studios the night before the show, big and small. Jones level of bouncing-off-the-walls enthusiasm is, sadly, not standard.

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There’s a small clue in the first room: portraits of the two men hang side by side, both sporting mustaches in the style of their age. “They’re both visionaries, though they would be the last to admit it,” said museum curator Pamela Golbin, “and they both lived an exact same story at a decisive moment in fashion.” Louis Vuitton faced industrialization of the 19th century and new train travel while Marc Jacobs was confronted with 1990s’ changing demands for marketing “making fashion truly globalized for the first time,” Golbin said. The story began for Louis Vuitton as reference a trunk-packer for rich Parisians, a job in which he was able to hone a mastery of every bolt, lock and corner of travel cases from across the French capital. He built on his knowledge, finally opening his own house in 1854. The Orient Express was new and fashionable, and the meteoric rise of haute couture under Charles Frederic Worth meant better-dressed women went on trips with more and more clothes that needed cases to fit them in. Such was the demand that the norm in the late-19th century norm, as one display shows, was for a traveling lady to take a staggering 30 large cases on each trip. From this a thousand trunks were born, all perfectly preserved with their original wax coatings and all viewable at the exhibit: hat trunks, toiletries trunks, trunks that pulled out as a chest of drawers, metal trunks for humid countries. For the trendy yet tired, there was a trunk that folded out into a bed. As it still does under Jacobs, the house had a sense for the avant-garde as early as 1890: one gargantuan case boasts the title the “Never Full Bag.” Then there was the radical facelift of the 1990s. Glossy fashion magazines landed and globalized demands meant that labels had to up their game and expand, or sink.

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Delphine Arnault in May, at a Dior fashion event in Monaco

New Louis Vuitton store opens in Ramat Aviv mall Photo: Itay Sikolski Behind two large, dark wood doors, the latest Louis Vuitton VIP room in the world is an elegant oasis in the midst of a somewhat hectic mall. Available upon appointment, shoppers can lounge in cream-colored chairs, sip on a complementary beverage, and be given a presentation on merchandise by a salesperson. While this may sound like something straight out of Paris or Milan, this latest VIP room can be found in the upscale mall in Ramat Aviv, a suburb of Tel Aviv. The only Louis Vuitton store in Israel relocated there in mid-June and is one of only seven of their stores in the world with a VIP room. At present, the room features the Rare and Exotic Collection, a group of handbags made with variations of animal skin and Louis Vuitton canvas. The collection also features the most expensive bag in the store, the Bowling handbag. At NIS 70,000, the Bowling is made of Louis Vuitton canvas, python and crocodile skins. We have one of the seven VIP rooms [in the world] because there was such a demand here, Ayelet Dobkin, a publicist for Louis Vuitton said. This store is three times bigger than the first Louis Vuitton store built in Israel. Louis Vuitton Sales Associate Asaf Mizrahi agreed that it was vital to add the exclusivity to the Ramat Aviv store. One of the core values of Louis Vuitton, he said, is rarity.

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A visitor takes a picture of fashion creations displayed at the Louis Vuitton-Marc Jacobs exhibit in the Art Decoratifs Museum in Paris, March 8, 2012.

Do start by laying out everything you plan on packing in outfits. That way, if you are missing an accessory or packing one piece that goes with absolutely nothing else, you can fix it before you start putting things in your bag. Do use your jacket as a garment bag! Since you almost always pack some kind of outerwear, whether it’s a trench, a leather jacket, or a blazer, you can use it to protect your most delicate items. Put the piece or pieces most likely to snag inside the jacket and close it up. Now, nothing can grab! Do put your shoes in a V formation, with the heels against the side structure of the bag so they can’t be snapped. Flats go on the inside since they can bear a little more weight and pressure. Put each shoe in an individual shoe bag to not only protect, but to also provide padding that keeps them from sliding around.

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While Vuitton is still the worlds most valuable luxury brand, its losing ground to competitors such as Gucci and Prada ( 1913:HK ) as demand wanes for the iconic LV monogrammed handbag. A report last month by consultancy Millward Brown Optimor estimated that Vuittons brand value declined 12 percent over the past year. LVMH in April reported its weakest fashion and leather goods revenues in more than three years as sales flattened in China. As consumers make room for those luxuries that make them feel better by trading down on other items, it is the middle-of-the-road brands, such as Vuitton, that have suffered, Millward Brown Optimor said. Delphine Arnaults task will be to give the brand a more exclusive aura, deemphasizing its ubiquitous monogrammed canvas bags and introducing costlier leather bags. In the short term, that could depress sales growth, as LVMH also has said it plans to open fewer Vuitton boutiques. Delphine is the eldest of Bernard Arnaults five children. For the past five years she has held the No.

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Just a week after samples of Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2012 collection were lifted from a Paris train , thieves have made off with loads of Louis Vuitton from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport! Women’s Wear Daily reports that a small group of masked bandits (yes, real life bandits) overtook four airport employees and a security guard at one of the terminals and nabbed ten skids containing $400,000 worth of Louis Vuitton merch. While there aren’t too many more details, we have to wonder: ten skids? How many Speedys can five thieves carry?? Stay tuned for updates — hey, maybe the leather goods will turn up with the Marc Jacobs samples. Those would be some seriously fashionable thieves.

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