Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Louis Vuitton "Stephen Sprouse Collectiom"

Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Collection "Neon Graffity Speedy 30"
A classic Louis Vuitton design that has been revisited in fluorescent Monogram Graffiti canvas inspired by late American artist Stephen Sprouse. Speedy 30 has comfortable, rounded leather handles
Monogram Graffiti canvas, textile lining, natural cowhide trimmings, golden brass pieces, zipper closure, one flat inside pocket
Size: 11.8" x 8.3"
currently retails for $1,180
seen at : www.louisvuitton.com





Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Collection "Neon Graffiti Neverfull GM"
This Neverfull is crafted in fluorescent Monogram Graffiti canvas inspired by late American artist Stephen Sprouse. The capacity can be adjusted thanks to the side straps
Monogram Graffiti canvas, textile lining and natural cowhide trimmings, golden brass pieces, hook closure, one inside zippered pocket with a D-ring (for attaching a purse or key holder), side straps for changing the capacity of the bag, carried on the shoulder
Size: 15.7" x 13" x 7.9"
seen at : www.louisvuitton.com





Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Collection "Neon Graffiti Keepall 50"
This Louis Vuitton classic is revisited in fluorescent Monogram Graffiti canvas inspired by late American artist Stephen Sprouse. Its wide opening makes it particularly user friendly
Monogram Graffiti canvas, textile lining, natural cowhide trimmings, golden brass pieces, double zip closure, hand held
Size: 19.7" x 11.4" x 8.6"
currently retails for $1,610
seen at : www.louisvuitton.com




Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Collection "Roses Speedy 30"
Speedy 30 is revisited in feminine Monogram Roses canvas inspired by the late American artist Stephen Sprouse. Its rounded form is spacious and its large zipper closure can be secured by a padlock
Monogram Roses canvas, textile lining, natural cowhide trimmings, golden brass pieces, zipper closure, one flat inside pocket, hand held, padlock provided
Size: 11.8" x 8.3"
currently retails for $1,310
seen at : www.louisvuitton.com



Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Collection "Roses Keepall 50"
The Keepall is revisited in Monogram Roses canvas, inspired by late American artist Stephen Sprouse. It is an ideal size for cabin luggage and carries a removable ID tag
Monogram Roses canvas, textile lining, natural cowhide trimmings, golden brass pieces, double zip closure, hand held, rounded leather handles with handle attachment, removable leather ID holder, cabin size
Size: 19.7" x 11.4" x 8.6"
currently retails for $1,780
seen at : www.louisvuitton.com



Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Collection "Roses Neverfull MM"
This feminine Neverfull in Monogram Roses canvas, inspired by late American artist Stephen Sprouse, is ideal for town and travel. Its large format can be adjusted, which makes it very practical
Monogram Roses canvas, textile lining and natural cowhide trimmings, golden brass pieces, hook closure, one inside zippered pocket with a D-ring (for attaching a purse or key holder), side straps for changing the capacity of the bag, carried on the shoulder
Size: 12.6" x 11.4" x 6.7"
currently retails for $1,360
seen at : www.louisvuitton.com

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Making of a Classic Chanel Bag

Over 30 new models are produced each year, forming part of the House’s seven annual collections. 6 to 15 people are working for up to 18 hours (depending on the material) on one Chanel "2.55". While in the past, up to 80% of all bags produced were black, they represent only 50% of the diverse range proposed today.

“We use a different shade of beige practically every time,” explains the responsible manager, “so things never get boring. Before any bag goes into production, the site’s development facility first finalizes the details of the designs sent by Karl Lagerfeld’s studio.

Working from sketches, a range of hand-made mock-ups are produced before selecting a final prototype and deciding on its exact proportions and stitching details. This whole development stage is shrouded in mystery and usually takes around a week to complete. Then out of the 200 to 300 prototypes produced for each collection, the studio selects around 30.

The site’s archives hold nearly 3,000 different bags; together they map out CHANEL’s history. Lined up like trophies, these different models serve to inspire the design teams of today, as well as helping them to resolve any problems they might be having with the ideal shape of a handle or detail on a strap. Once the bag has been approved for production, a team of leather craftsmen, engineers and cutters will work on more than 10 different models every week to meet the demand from boutiques.

However, before the bag can be assembled, the leather must first be prepared. It is cut from the skin either by hand, using a punch, or by computer, and is then machine-stitched, trimmed and finished. This is an extremely precise process, with all dimensions measured to within a fraction of a millimeter.

80% of the total production time is spent on the assembly table, where CHANEL’s master craftsmen use their expertise to produce an item of unmistakeable luxury. After the material has been prepared, the bag is given its structure by inserting heat-sealed leather-finished supports. Each bag is then turned inside out and back again, in keeping with Mademoiselle Chanel’s firm belief in the importance of hidden luxury: the inside should be as good as the outside. As a result, the same amount of care still goes into the lining of each bag as goes into its exterior.“

The bags are then quilted using machines specially developed by Chanel’s engineers, and this stage, though technical, is often one of the most creative in the design process, as can be seen on the series of models inspired by the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, where Coco Chanel grew up.

Credit: fashionoffice.org










Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fendi "Peek a boo"



Fendi "Watersnake Peek-a-Boo Satchel"

Directly from from Fendi's celebrated Spring/Summer runway show, the dramatic watersnake Peek-a-Boo bag combines a timeless design with couture finishes.
Smooth water-snake and black suede, brushed pewter and gold metal hardware, dual-sided design with enamel twist-clasps closing each compartment, white water-snake and black suede lining, inside zipped pocket and logo plate on one side, may be carried four ways: in the wrist or on the arm with the top handle (4.25" drop); or on the shoulder or across the body with the removable, adjustable shoulder strap (21" drop), 5 protective metal feet, to expand the bag, disconnect the straps on each end; to replicate the look from the runway, unclasp the bag and push one side down
size : 16" x 12" x 6.5"
currently retails for $5,740.00
seen at : www.eluxury.com


Fendi "Linen/Suede Peek-a-Boo Satchel"
Nubby woven linen, suede, and patent leather, brushed pewter and gold metal hardware, dual-sided design with enamel twist-clasps closing each compartment, black suede lining, inside zipped pocket and logo plate on one side, may be carried four ways: in the wrist or on the arm with the top handle (4.25" drop); or on the shoulder or across the body with the removable, adjustable shoulder strap (21" drop), 5 protective metal feet, to expand the bag, disconnect the patent leather straps on each end
size : 16" x 12" x 6.5"
currently retails for $1,930.00
seen at : www.eluxury.com


Fendi "Peek-a-Boo Evening Satchel, Metallic Grey"
Fendi's exquisite Peek-a-Boo runway bag is slightly scaled down for evening or special occasion.
Supple metallic-glazed suede, brushed pewter and gold metal hardware, dual-sided design with enamel twist-clasps closing each compartment, silver metallic and black suede lining, inside zipped pocket and logo plate on one side, may be carried four ways: in the wrist or on the arm with the top handle (5" drop); or on the shoulder or across the body with the removable, adjustable shoulder strap (21" drop), 5 metal feet on the suede base, to expand the bag, disconnect the straps on each end
size : 13.5" x 8.25" x 4.75"
currently retails for $1,970.00
seen at : www.eluxury.com


Fendi "Medium Patent Peek-A-Boo Bag, White / Black"
Crinkled patent leather, brushed gold and silver metal hardware, flat padded leather handle with link attachments; 4" drop, removable shoulder strap with buckle and ring attachments; drop adjusts up to 26", side bands along top with double F-engraved button studs, two large interior compartments with turn-lock closures on each side, laser-cut leather interior with intricate swirled circle pattern, lustrous satin lining on outer sides, zip pocket inside, flat patent base with protective metal feet
size : 16" L x 12" H x 6.5" W
currently retails for $2,590.00
seen at : www.eluxury.com



Fendi "Red Leather/Zucca Peek-a-Boo Satchel"
From Fendi's Spring/Summer runway show, this elegant leather Peek-a-Boo bag reveals the iconic Zucca textile lining.
Red leather with a darker center streak, recalling exotic antelope, brushed pewter and gold metal hardware, dual-sided design with enamel twist-clasps closing each compartment, brown Zucca (double F) textile lining, inside zipped pocket and logo plate on one side, may be carried four ways: in the wrist or on the arm with the top handle (4.25" drop); or on the shoulder or across the body with the removable, adjustable shoulder strap (21" drop), 5 protective metal feet, to expand the bag, disconnect the straps on each end; to replicate the look from the runway, unclasp the bag and push one side down
size : 16" x 12" x 6.5"
currently retails for $2,350.00
seen at : www.eluxury.com

Letter from Reader #5

Subject : I'm stuck...

Hey, First of all, I LOVE your blog!

Now, my problem... I am a guy, 20, 5"9 and I have wanted a Balenciaga bag for ages...
I tried out the Work bag but thought it was too small, and tried the Weekender and the size seemed fine, if not even a little big. But then, of course, I tried the Giant Weekender and that threw me right off! I love both, am looking for the bag that I will get the most use out of, so am going for Black. Which do you think is better for a guy? The Weekender or Giant Weekender? The problem I had with the Weekender is that the handles aren't as long as the Giant Weekender and so I'd have to carry it all the time. I like the Giant Weekender as the handles are long enough to go over the shoulder, but is the silver hardware a bit much, or don't you think so? I would really appreciate your advice!

Brent



Dear Brent,
I love Balenciaga weekenders, i've tried the weekender and then sold it for a work now i'm thinking of going back.
have you ever get your hands on the men's weekender? it's regular hardware and the handles are slightly longer than the regular weekender.
and i believe that balenciaga's handle will stretch over use, what i did with new balenciaga bags is i put some books inside it and hang the bag whenever i do not use it to fasten the process :p
so, i say just follow your heart, if you love the giant hardware and think you can pull it of, go for it. but if not, get the regular hardware, the handles will stretch so no worries.
personally i prefer the regular hardware on men

xoxo
diana

Letter from Reader #4

Subject : hi >>> asking about a handbag

hiii
im roro al naimi >>>>>>> im sooo in love with your blog
its the cooolest blog ever
mmmmmmmm i want to know mary kate bag which brand coz really its my dream bag plz help me if you can




Dear Roro,

I'm sorry it took me so long to answer your email, i haven't been able to blogging lately :)
from some sources, it is believed that the bag is from Fall 09 Alexander Wang and it said to be price under 1000$

Monday, February 02, 2009

Henry Beguelin

Women's collection







Men's collection

West


Tanzania


Camelot


Zaire XL


New Victoria

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton part 5

clearer scan from February's Marie Claire
pics from www.louisvuittonlover.blogspot.com




Proenza Schouler "Large Poncho Bag"

I think it's a much well proportioned bag than the previous PS1 style

Leather flap front messenger bag with adjustable straps, handle and removable shoulder strap in nude flesh colour
size 10" x 13" x 6"
currently retails for $1,995.00
seen at : www.barneys.com