Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013: New York City

18/09/2012 § 1 Comment

It’s always a favorite time of year for me when details about the annual Louis Vuitton City Guides — and their accompanying video clips — start to emerge from the ether, but when the House of Vuitton decides to feature New York City first, it’s a double win.  In its fourteenth year of publication, the Guides offer the discerning traveller expert advice on a select group of cities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Kicking off the 2013 guides in a perfect marriage of travel and cocktailing,* we find ourselves in hot pursuit of a perfect Manhattan in Manhattan — a shaken cocktail that has shown remarkable staying power since its invention at the Manhattan Club in 1870 — we visit Jimmy at the James Hotel, Le Bain at the The Standard Hotel, The Summit Bar on the Lower East Side and Amor y Amargo in the East Village.

I don’t know about you, but my watch definitely just hit cocktail o’ clock.

*probably not a word, but should be.

Louis Vuitton The Greatest Words: Muhammad Ali

27/07/2012 § Leave a comment

In an amazing tribute featuring the unmistakable words of Muhammad Ali, and interpretations by spoken word master Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and talented Calligraffiti artist Niels Shoe Meulman, Louis Vuitton has created a captivating digital experience called The Greatest Words.

Ali, a world-class athlete who is best known for his colorful personality and strong commitment to his personal beliefs, receives a breathtaking multimedia homage that seamlessly unites past with the present, sport with art.  When the trailer debuted last week, I was immediately transfixed by its use of newsreel footage (of course), but the experience itself — presented in Rounds 1 and 2 — is even better.  Touching and immensely affecting, The Greatest Words will undoubtedly lead new generations to explore the inspiring life of Muhammad Ali.

  Round 1

  Round 2

Be sure to visit The Greatest Words.

Travel Kit || The Art of Packing by Louis Vuitton

21/06/2012 § 1 Comment

Pardon my recent silence, but I have been in Canada on business.  Je suis désolé!  In the meantime, and in the spirit of travel, I thought I would share Louis Vuitton’s Art of Packing.  You already know how I feel about packing light, and the kind of travel bags I prefer and some I even own, but I quite enjoyed this little clip and some of the folding tips and space-saving they included.  Handy even if you don’t happen to tote around an Alzer or a Pegase (myself included, but a girl can dream, no…?)

For more packing tips, head over to the feature
Bon voyage!

Travel Kit || The Louis Vuitton “100 Legendary Trunks” App

10/05/2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve long admired Louis Vuitton’s “100 Legendary Trunks” project (you can see my previous posts on the splendid book and the exhibit at Musée Carnavalet in Paris).  The book was curated by authors Pierre Léonforte and Éric Pujalet-Plaà, and is a collection of over 600 images — some from the LV archives, some taken especially for this project — of the 100 most spectacular trunks and cases created on commission by Louis Vuitton, with owners including Douglas Fairbanks, Karl Lagerfeld, Ernest Hemingway, and Damien Hirst.

If the pricetag of the tome (normally $125, but currently $86 on Amazon) has put you off from purchasing it, I have good news, if you own an iPad.  Packaged in what appears to be an exceptionally manipulable — and so very pretty! — format, you can now experience the 100 Legendary Trunks as an app!  And the best part, it’s only $19.  Head here to purchase it from iTunes.

So while the app may not offer the comforting and luxurious heft of a coffee table book, and an iPad doesn’t exactly look quite as outwardly interesting while sitting on your bookcase, granted, it is worth noting that the app means this exceptional media on the subject of travel, is now perfectly positioned to tag along on your globe trotting.  In fact, I think it’d be the perfect companion…

~*~For further Travel Kit posts, head here.~*~

The Downton Express {Louis Vuitton F/W 2012}

20/03/2012 § 1 Comment

Have you ever wanted to love something so much, because you felt it was thisclose to perfection — but you just couldn’t quite get there?  This was the exact feeling I had while watching the Louis Vuitton Fall Winter 2012 show.  Even before that magnificent train fully pulled into the “station” and the models disembarked one at a time, trailed by immaculate porters bearing the iconic bags the house of Vuitton is known for, I knew that Marc Jacobs was pulling from the same early 20th century inspiration well that Ralph had also dipped into (and that I loved) and I got excited — but I should have seen the kaleidoscopic Jacobs twist coming.  Indeed, with all the glittery doo-dads, exaggerated silhouettes and ridiculous hat action, I wouldn’t be very surprised to learn Dr. Suess or Tim Burton had assisted.  And while I definitely respect Vuitton for pushing their boundaries, I must admit that I frequently feel disinterested in the brand’s contemporary fashion collections.  I suppose I’m just not a Marc Jacobs girl.

The bags and luggage are usually a different story, and while I did find plenty to like among the collection’s accessories, I was still most bowled over the amazing production value of the show — which is destined to be my favorite concept for a very long time.  I did want to share a few bright spots from the show though, which were best shown by the detail photos of Yannis Vlamos for Vogue Magazine.

Perfection. Complete and utter perfection.

Of course, if you are more of a Marc Jacobs fan than I,
you can head here to view the full collection (via Vogue).

Also amazing is this short film produced by Louis Vuitton, which is a lovely behind-the-scenes look at the show’s preparations all the way through its execution:

Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs at Les Arts Décoratifs

22/02/2012 § 1 Comment

Simply adore this! 

Presenting “Fan Club,” an art deco burlesque fantasy à la Busby Berkeley shot in honor of the upcoming “Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs” exhibit at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.  Not a mere retrospective, the exhibit highlights the contributions of trunk-maker Louis Vuitton and designer Marc Jacobs (current creative director of Louis Vuitton) to the world of fashion through the parallel lenses of the industrialization of the late nineteenth century and the increased globalization of the early twenty first century.  “Louis Vuitton – Marc Jacobs” runs from March 6 through September 16.

More information here (en français).

Les Arts Décoratifs – Mode et textile
107 rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris
Tél. : 01 44 55 57 50
Métro : Palais-Royal, Pyramides ou Tuileries
Autobus : 21, 27, 39, 48, 68, 69, 72, 81, 95

**And don’t forget about Babar’s exhibit at Les Arts Décoratifs!

Asnières: The Home of Vuitton

12/01/2012 § 1 Comment

Home to Louis Vuitton and his family between 1880 and the 1970s, the house at Asnières is also the first and historical workshop of Louis Vuitton. At present, all the “rare and exceptional” Louis Vuitton products from the Leather Goods collections are made in Asnières, as well as all special orders.  Located just outside of Paris, Asnières is also a “secret” museum of over 150 years of Louis Vuitton heritage not officially open to the public.  However, I am told that if you ring them and ask very nicely, they might allow you to schedule an appointment for a tour.  This gorgeous home and museum is at the top of my list of things to do when next I am in Paris, bien sûr.

Louis Vuitton Museum
17 Rue de la Comète
Asnières, France

Photos by Todd Selby, who visited the home in 2010.

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2012

27/09/2011 § 1 Comment

In its thirteenth year of publication, the Louis Vuitton City Guides offer sage advice on cities around the world for discerning — and moneyed — travellers.   These slim volumes will be available in LV stores on October 15, but in the meantime you can get the inside track on:

Bespoke gentlemen’s tailoring in London

Perfume in Paris

Dim sum in Hong Kong

Cinema in Rome

Glamour, Iced {Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2011}

20/07/2011 § Leave a comment

Oh my.  Can we talk about the Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2011 campaign?  Aside from the somewhat ill-advised skullcap/visor combo hat, the shots of this collection are simply arresting.  Loving the icy, jewel-toned ladies and their vacation to somewhere cold, yet glamorous.  I also didn’t realize until just now how badly I need to add a beautiful antique Jag to my life…

See the full gallery after the jump.

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Video: Louis Vuitton Core Values ~ Where Will Life Take You?

01/02/2011 § Leave a comment

H/T Idris Erba Photography.

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