Louis Vuitton Crocodile Capucines

Paying homage to the earliest days of the House, the Capucines takes its name from rue Neuve-des-Capucines where Louis Vuitton set up shop in 1854. The bag incorporates all of the elements of excellence in the making of fine leathergoods, which has been seen in Louis Vuitton’s Asnières workshops since 1892. This excellence is expressed in fine leathers, timeless designs, and unequalled know-how. Introducing the most luxurious version of the Capucines…

Rendered in rare and precious Crocodile skin, Capucines combines refined details, includng semi-rigid handle for hand, elbow or shoulder carry secured by jewel-like shiny golden brass rings, with a spacious and functional shape. Its distinctive flap can be worn in two ways: outside to reveal the outline of a quatrefoil clover Monogram flower or inside to show the LV initials. Inside the bag is lined in supple goatskin leather and features two large interior compartments, a zippered pocket and a flat pocket.

The contrast between the black sheen of the crocodile skin and the glint of the golden brass hardware is just breathtaking!

The Capucines in Crocodile comes in two sizes: MM (14.2″ x 9.1″ x 5.5″) and GM (15.7″ x 10.6″ x 6.3″). These are extremely rare pieces and are only available in select Louis Vuitton stores for approximately US$50,000.

Louis Vuitton Desert Philosophies with Matthias Schoenaerts – On Acting and Experience

Featured in the latest Louis Vuitton Men’s Ad Campaign, actor Matthias Schoenaerts speaks with Louis Vuitton on acting and experience in this chapter of Desert Philosophies.

In the same mood as a collection inspired by the Americana, the Men’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign by Louis Vuitton takes the Maison’s iconic “gentleman traveller” on a journey to the vast expanses and stunning landscape of the South-Western United States. This contemporary traveller is represented by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who lends his powerful eyes and contemporary masculinity to the image of the Louis Vuitton man.

Louis Vuitton Desert Philosophies with Matthias Schoenaerts – On Actor and Character

Featured in the latest Louis Vuitton Men’s Ad Campaign, actor Matthias Schoenaerts speaks with Louis Vuitton on the Actor and the Character in this chapter of Desert Philosophies.

In the same mood as a collection inspired by the Americana, the Men’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign by Louis Vuitton takes the Maison’s iconic “gentleman traveller” on a journey to the vast expanses and stunning landscape of the South-Western United States. This contemporary traveller is represented by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who lends his powerful eyes and contemporary masculinity to the image of the Louis Vuitton man.

Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Sprouse et. al.

This summer, Louis Vuitton continues its world tour of the vibrant street art scene by inviting three new artists from three different continents to collaborate on its collections of textile. The artists of this third season are André, famed for his jaunty ‘Mr. A’ character who inhabits the walls of Paris, American Kenny Scharf, and INTI from Chile.

Louis Vuitton Leopard Pop Stole Corail Louis Vuitton Foulards DArtistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Sprouse et. al.Louis Vuitton Leopard Pop Stole

Louis Vuitton Leopard Spray Giant Square Fuchsia Louis Vuitton Foulards DArtistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Sprouse et. al.Louis Vuitton Leopard Spray Giant Square

Alongside these three artistic collaborations, Louis Vuitton introduces further new designs for Spring/Summer 2014. Two are variations on the iconic leopard print created for Louis Vuitton by the artist Stephen Sprouse: the Leopard Spray giant silk crepe square combines leopard spots with a spray-paint motif in vibrant fuchsia or pimento, while the Leopard Pop stole, available in coral or pimento, presents a delicate arty gradation of shades.

Louis Vuitton Butterfly Square Louis Vuitton Foulards DArtistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Sprouse et. al.Louis Vuitton Butterfly Square

Louis Vuitton Monogram Rayures Shawl Louis Vuitton Foulards DArtistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Sprouse et. al.Louis Vuitton Monogram Rayures Shawl

The Monogram Rayures shawl juxtaposes faded denim-style stripes with lines of brighter coral or pimento, while the Papillon silk square is woven with a subtle tone-on-tone Monogram pattern. Its generous size and array of colors, including beige, black, fuchsia, orange and violet, make it a stylish and versatile choice all year round.

Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Store at Dover Street Market New York

On December 21, 2013, Louis Vuitton opened a pop-up store in Dover Street Market’s new store in New York. Louis Vuitton has a long term relationship with the Comme des Garçons team and Dover Street Market and is proud to be the first retailer to open a three month pop up store on the ground floor of the New York location. The store opened with a curated assortment of Louis Vuitton’s Andy Warhol themed Men’s Spring Summer 2014 pre-collection ready-to-wear, leathergoods, accessories, and shoes. On February 6, 2014 Dover Street Market guests will experience a special collection of Louis Vuitton’s Women’s Spring Summer 2014 ready-to-wear, leathergoods, accessories and shoes. Included in this selection is an exclusive Spouse print stole and an exclusive NN14 Spotlight handbag in leather and satin jacquard with the Louis Vuitton Sprouse graffiti in sequin paillettes, this exclusive all black style will be numbered and limited to 20 pieces.

Limited Edition NN14 Spotlight in Black

“Dover Street Market is more than a store; it is a creative concept merging artists and designers in a unique way, and consistent with the retail spirit of Louis Vuitton, “says Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas. “Our past collaborations with Dover Street Market and Rei Kawakubo in Tokyo and London have been successes. Louis Vuitton is pleased Dover Street Market has come to New York.”

Louis Vuitton and Dover Street have collaborated on elaborate in-store experiences in the past, including the Ginza store’s March 2012 windows featuring Louis Vuitton’s Spring Summer 2012 Men’s Masai collection as well as a Kusama pop-up store commemorating the momentous collaboration between Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton. The Dover Street Market New York pop-up store continues in this tradition with a unique design. The Malletier’s founder, was an expert in packing and creating trunks to hold crinolines for Empress Eugenie and aristocrats of the time.

Dover Street Market New York guests will browse Louis Vuitton collections underneath a modern interpretation of a crinoline, as a tribute to this heritage.

Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Store Dover Street Market
160 Lexington Avenue New York,
NY 10016 (at East 30th Street)

Store Hours:
Monday to Saturday: 11AM – 7PM
Sunday: 12PM – 6PM

Louis Vuitton Desert Philosophies with Matthias Schoenaerts and the Damier Cobalt Collection

Wide open spaces of America have inspired the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear collection featuring the Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts and the new Damier Cobalt line of small leather goods, bags and luggage.

In this film, 2013 César awarded most promising male actor, Matthias Schoenaerts shares his views on acting, traveling and personal experiences: “I think it’s human nature to look for what is comfortable… It’s very important to break boundaries for yourself in order to grow… you look for people that take you away from your comfort zone, keep an open mind and keep on dreaming, … stay curious.”

The Spring/Summer 2014 campaign shot by Mikael Jansson presents the Damier Cobalt leather goods unveiled at the last Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show, notably the Keepall 55 Bandoulière bag, now available in stores along with all products.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014: A Wild West Collection

The Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Men’s collection captures the freedom of the American road trip, from East to West, and specifically design for modern travelers.

“The clothing should have that do-what-you-want attitude. It’s the changing environment from city to forest to desert.” says Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio and Style Director. He adapted the iconography of classic American sportswear, workwear, and formalwear to create a chic eclectic allure, always on the road.

Icons of American pop and clothing culture are transposed in the form of a Perfecto jacket with Gaston V tuffetage, pied-de-poule checked slim pants, Japanese kimono silk blouson, tie-dyed military parka, custom Louis Vuitton Bandana print patchwork or perforated Damier caramel Nomade leather bag.

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Discover Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2014 Men’s collection:
• Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Menswear Show
• Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Bag Names and Prices
• Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Ad Campaign Starring Matthias Schoenaerts

Louis Vuitton Greenwich Handbag

Louis Vuitton’s Greenwich travel bag has always been a classic men’s piece. But now, this boxy and functional shape has crossed over to the women’s universe with the Greenwich handbag in Damier Ebène canvas.

Combining style and practicality, the Greenwich offers a well-organized and spacious microfiber-lined interior that has a tablet pocket, large zipped pocket, double flat pockets and pen loops. The exterior of the bag exudes subtle elegance. It features an adjustable and removable strap in Damier canvas for shoulder or cross-shoulder carry, exquisite Nomade leather handle and trims, and golden-finish hardware.

Lastly, the best feature of the Greenwich would be its “wings”. The gussets can be opened up which transforms the bag, giving it a new shape. Greenwich measures 13.8″ x 6.3″ x 9.1″, available at Louis Vuitton stores for US$2350.

The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie Experience

Haute Maroquinerie, high leathergoods… objects of desire, the pinnacle of Louis Vuitton’s craftsmanship and the ultimate shopping experience. This exclusive service allows every woman to create a unique bag of her own, by choosing the style, the leather and the color according to her preference. Understated elegance. Perfect for the most discerning, for the leather connoisseurs.

Only a handful of Louis Vuitton stores offer this service. But luckily, the Haute Maroquinerie is touring around the world giving women a chance to experience the service without having to travel abroad to the Haute Maroquinerie salons. The Haute Maroquinerie caravan is currently in Manila at the Louis Vuitton Greenbelt 4 store in Makati City.

I was invited by Louis Vuitton Philippines to see and experience the Haute Maroquinerie service. And here’s what happened.

Step 1: The Shapes

The Haute Maroquinerie private customization session takes place at the VIP Salon. Upon entering, clients are offered a gorgeous Louis Vuitton canapé and dessert set prepared by Chef Colin Mackay of Sala Restaurant. The customization session begins with the client choosing from five different shapes inspired by the Maison’s most iconic pieces; Lockit, Triangle, Noé, Néo-Steamer (Trapèze) and Milaris (Berlingot).

Sac Lockit – Closed or even padlocked, yes, but nonetheless open to the winds of modernity. Created in 1958, the curved lines, like a taut architectural sketch, translated into instant success for this bag. Time has brought volume and suppleness to its impeccable appearance. Available in PM, MM and GM sizes.

Sac Triangle – This “work bag” was designed in 1934 to accompany women involved with needlework wherever they went. Renamed the Triangle in the 1980s, its originality has brought it back to the forefront.

Sac Noé – This chic bucket was named after the biblical character Noah. If ever there had been a flood, it would have been one of Champagne. Created in 1932 to transport five bottles of the “divine brew”, this drawstring bag worn over the shoulder brings a dash of classicism to today’s elegant woman. Available in PM and GM sizes.

Sac Néo-Steamer (Trapèze) – Introduced in 2011, the bag’s mysterious shape hints at well-kept secrets. An exception to the rules of geometry, this bag shows off its originality with a casual elegance.

Sac Milaris (Berlingot) – It’s a craving. Gourmand and desirable, round and square, supple and roomy. Carried in the hand or slipped into the crook of the elbow, it opens wide to more easily accommodate all that you need for a day, a week or forever. Available in PM and GM sizes.

I chose the bi-color Milaris PM because of its supple and plump silhouette. It may look small on the outside but once opened, the interior space is very generous. Also, Milaris has a secret pocket, which adds a nice touch.

Step 2: The Leathers and Color

After deciding on the shape, Ms. Angela opened the Haute Maroquinerie trunk. Spread out in front of me were swatch books of the finest leathers I have ever seen, in a myriad of different colors ranging from neutrals to trendy brights.

The colors are divided into three families: Traditional LV Colors which features the signature House colors like Blanc, Blanc Cassé, Gris Souris, Taupe, Noir, Moka, Brun, Tabac and Caramel. Next are the Timeless Colors, which is a classical palette composed of Cassis, Violet, Iris Noir, Rouge, Bleu Marine, Bleu Océan, Bleu Canard and Bleu Azur. And last, the bright Vibrant Colorswhich include Vert Forèt, Kiwi, Pomme, Pistache, Ocre, Mandarine, Capucine, Grenade and Aubergine. Cognac is also available as an exclusive color for the Nomade leather.

The Haute Maroquinerie trunk that houses the leather and hardware swatches.

The leathers divided into three groups of colors.

Veau Ecorce swatch book.

The exceptional leathers are broken down into three distinct groups. Supple Calf Leathers, Firm Leathers, and Exotic Leathers.

The Supple calf leathers were unbelievably soft with varying differences in thickness and the size of the grain. Veau Ecorce has this very prominent grain which I adore. It’s the thickest of the 3 supple leathers and is suitable for both supple and structured bag shapes. Veau Bougie had a very fine full grain as the skins came from young calves and feature a waxed finish. It’s the supplest one out of the 3 Supple leathers and is suitable for supple bag shapes. And the Veau Soie, smooth as silk. It has very fine and elegant texture, underlining the transparency of the skin and the natural slight grain of the calf. It’s the smoothest of the 3 supple leathers, but it’s more prone to surface scratches.

The Firm leathers. Chèvre Frisson, a goatskin, sourced from India has an outstanding strong grain as a result of a hand massage graining process, wrinkle is regular. It’s the only goat leather at Louis Vuitton and is both structured and relaxed for a very elegant frequent use. Chèvre Frisson comes in 8 colors: Blanc, Gris Souris, Noir, Moka, Kiwi, Grenade, Rouge and Bleu Marine.

Another Firm leather is the Nomade cowhide leather. It has a natural, even and delicate grain. Vegetal tanning was used to keep the total transparency of the skin. No additional coating was applied. Even in the darkest colors, all the natural characteristics of the leather are visible, each bag being unique. Some wrinkles may be visible on the surface of the skin as proof of authenticity. It only comes in dark earthy colors due to its vegetal tanning: Noir, Moka, Tabac, Iris Noir and Cognac.

The last of the Firm leathers is the Veau Box, made from young calf. It has a fine grain, with natural and very regular wrinkles. This leather has a brilliant sheen that gives it sophistication. It comes in 5 colors. Unfortunately, Box is not available in the collection at the moment.

Exotic crocodiliens swatch book.

The final leather group: the Exotics. The crocodiliens swatch book carries the most beautiful samples of crocodile leather in matte and brilliant finishes – both available in 16 colors.

For my bi-color Milaris, I chose the Veau Ecorce leather because I’m a big fan of textures. I wanted the bag to be light, calm and easy on the eyes so I chose Taupe for the front and back parts of the bag and Bleu Azur for the side gussets. The combination was so beautiful.

Doublures / lining swatch book.

After picking the exterior leather and colors, I was given a swatch book for the doublures or the lining. Haute Maroquinerie offers two interior leather options: goatskin or lambskin. Goatskin is a grained leather that is both supple and resistant; it is thicker than the lambskin lining and is recommended for a bag with character inside. Lambskin, on the other hand, is totally smooth, without marked grain. It’s as soft as silk, very buttery with a sensual and intimate feel. However, lambskin is extremely sensitive to scratches.

After touching and comparing the swatches, I had no second thought of choosing the lambskin. As for the interior leather color, I can only choose between the two exterior leather colors I picked earlier. I chose Bleu Azur. It made the interior look fresh and spacious.

Step 3: The Hardware

Next up is the hardware. There are two options available: gold and palladium. Discreetness is a key word for the Haute Maroquinerie collection. The hardware showcases a simple Louis Vuitton Paris engraved on the padlock. The LV Monogram is nowhere to be seen. I picked palladium hardware for my cool-colored Milaris.

Hardware.

Step 4: The Personalization

To make the bag truly yours, you will be given the option to add a personalization patch with your name (or name of your loved ones) that is heat-stamped on a piece of leather and will be sewn into the interior leather lining.

My very own Haute Maroquinerie handbag.

My bag was a Taupe and Bleu Azur bi-color Milaris PM in Veau Ecorce, with a Bleu Azur lambskin lining and Palladium hardware. I looked at my Milaris on the flat screen, admiring every angle. I was very happy with it!

After a 50% down payment, the order will then be sent to the Louis Vuitton workshops in Asnières, France. It will take between six months (for the Supple and Firm leather bags) and a year (for the Exotic bags) to be completed.

Haute Maroquinerie Caravan at Louis Vuitton Philippines

Haute Maroquinerie is by appointment only and the caravan is set to leave the country on the last week of February 2014. So if every you’re interested with the Haute Maroquinerie, call Louis Vuitton Philippines at (02) 756-0637 for inquiries on booking an appointment slot.

Thanks so much to Louis Vuitton Philippines PR Manager Daniela Fénix San Agustin, Louis Vuitton Philippines PR Assistant Mary Reyes, and Louis Vuitton Assistant Store Manager Angela Poblador-Antonio for this fun and memorable experience!

Louis Vuitton
G/F Greenbelt 4
Ayala Center
Makati City

Tel.: (02) 756-0637

  • AngieBaby

    I was invited to the HM event, but they are mostly around $10K and up. Not sure if I want to spend that much on a bag.

  • justin07

    I was invited to the Louis Vuitton home in Asnieres where the workshop for custom bags are located. It was fun, looking at the haute maroquinerie bag samples and large leather pieces are stored.. lol.. had more fun caressing all the exotics skins rather than appreciating the bags…. After looking at the people there creating some of the most luxurious trunks and bags…. I just lvoe my bags even more. lol

  • Anjum Hameed

    WOW!!..beautiful!…I live in Dubai, UAE..is the traveling caravan coming here?..

  • LV lover

    I was invited to the HM event recently. I found they don’t have PINK, although there are many color selections. Louis Vuitton should be award of that PINK is the favorite color of Asian women.

  • Mrskef2

    Great that you get this experience. Lucky you. And the bag is gorgeous by the way.

Louis Vuitton Spirit of Travel Ad Campaign

The journey is the destination; getting there is not as important as the experience of going. A new Louis Vuitton advertising campaign conjures the original spirit of travel for the next generation. The allure of the unknown, the thrill of exploration, the wonder of discovery – all are captured in a series of stunning images, shot in South Africa by Peter Lindbergh, styled by Carine Roitfeld, and starring models Karen Elson and Edie Campbell.

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has defined the art of travel, designing luggage which – with elegance and ingenuity – has accompanied explorers and pioneers, stars and statesmen, and stylish travellers everywhere. It was only natural that, for this new adventure, Louis Vuitton should select its emblematic Monogram canvas, created by Georges Vuitton in 1896, as the perfect travel companion. Supple, lightweight, waterproof, hardwearing and, of course, eternally elegant, the Monogram has travelled the world, gracing so many unfamiliar settings, so many unexpected situations, that it never, ever looks out of place.

On this latest expedition – described by Carine Roitfeld as “a journey to the extremes of elegance” – the two intrepid travellers are accompanied by three iconic Louis Vuitton bags: the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull. Two new designs in the Monogram line are also given their first outing. The structured, ladylike Montaigne bag is a natural choice for Karen Elson, while the more casual Marias bag reflects the bohemian chic of Edie Campbell. Both models carry their bags with the same easy insouciance with which they wear Louis Vuitton’s intricately embellished Spring/Summer 2014 collection in the South African bush – a spirit of freedom that underlines the modernity of this new campaign. Never ask for directions; just be where you are.

“We travelled to South Africa with almost complete creative license and a wonderful cast. Karen Elson and Edie Campbell are two young women traveling in a very personal, but not necessarily narrative way. Working without any layouts or prefixed ideas allowed us to create spontaneous and real situations. The result is charming and natural.” – Peter Lindbergh

Beyond the Monogram, beyond the models, beyond even the beauty of South Africa, its landscapes bathed in the golden light of dawn and dusk favoured by Peter Lindbergh, the star of this campaign is travel itself. Travel as an inspiration, an illumination. Travel as an art. Travel as an endless source of impressions and emotions, memories and moments of grace – three curious giraffes cautiously approaching to observe the shoot; a pair of lion cubs, playful as kittens; Edie Campbell, an accomplished equestrienne, sitting astride a zebra or – in one of the most arresting images of the campaign – perched high on a pile of trunks, almost literally on top of the world. To travel is to live.

The Louis Vuitton Spirit of Travel campaign will break in the April 2014 issues of magazines worldwide, accompanied by a film on digital media and the Louis Vuitton Pass app.

Credits:
Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Stylist: Carine Roitfeld
Models: Karen Elson, Edie Campbell
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Stéphane Marais
Sets: Andy Hillman