The Elegance Of The Mark

We are in the times where there are many luxury brands around but few can boast of their longevity in the business. Louis Vuitton was an entrepreneur and designer who create a brand which has grown into a world-renowned luxury leather and lifestyle brand, iconic to fashion. Born August 4th 1821, Louis Vuitton Malletiers became affectedly known as Louis Vuitton went from humble beginnings to create an empire before his death in February 27th 1892 and his name and the brand is still thriving today.

Vuitton came from a family background of joiners, carpenters, farmers and milliners, so when he ran away from home to Paris as a teenage he was quickly taken in as an apprentice under Monsieur Marechal a successful box-maker and packer. Vuitton worked there until a few months after his marriage on April 22 1854, when he later opened his own box-making and packing shop on Rue Neuve des Capucines, Paris.

In the courtyard of the Vuitton workshops in Asnières, Paris

Vuitton’s fame and popularity came when  he introduced his flat waxed trunks made with Trianon canvas, which were lightweight and airtight and convenient for traveling and shipping. Before the Vuitton’s trunks, rounded-top trunks to promote water run off were used but they were heavier and couldn’t be stacked. Therefore, since he was able to eliminate the difficulties surrounding the round-top trunks, his business quickly took off and the brand Louis Vuitton began on the road to success.

After his  death the Louis Vuitton brand continued as his son Georges Vuitton decided to build it into a worldwide corporation patenting the label’s LV monogram and putting it on all the products to stop with counterfeiting. Ironically the LV brand is one of the most counterfeited brands and presently,  the brand has taken further action as the signature striped pattern used has been registered as a trademark, prohibiting others from using that particular pattern.

Georges Vuitton with his family

Over the years the Louis Vuitton brand has expanded globally and incorporated other products into the brand. In 1997, Marc Jacobs took on the role as artistic director and under his directorship the brand debuted a women collection and then a men’s clothing line the following year. In 2001, Louis Vuitton introduced jewelery to the brand with charm bracelets and watches a year later. Now, the Louis Vuitton brand has products presently ranging from luxury trunks, leather goods, clothing, shoes, watches, jewelery, accessories, sunglasses and more.

The Louis Vuitton brand also is involved in socially and has incorporated fashion with international events and campaigns like The Louis Vuitton Classic for automobile collectors and The Louis Vuitton Cup for yachting. In June 2012, Muhammad Ali his grandson were used in the label’s latest Core Values campaign as seen below.

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In 2004, Louis Vuitton celebrated its 150th anniversary making it to date 158 yrs old, so it’s no doubt that it is one of the world’s most exciting and coveted brands as it has always been a classic and edgy.  Whether it be because of ‘no resale policy’, the unique monogram design or the elite club feeling it gives it customers, success of the brand is very evident.

Paris Fashion Week: Top Trends

“Paris is always a good idea” – Audrey Hepburn

They say all good things must come to an end and the final fashion week from the major fashion capitals has come. After all that fashion from New York, London and Milan, I make my final travel stop in the City of Lights. Paris Fashion Week has sadly ended and many fashion lovers worldwide, myself included, are wishing we could rewind everything or keep it on repeat. To me, it looks like they saved the best for last as Paris Fashion Week had many presentations which were either magically themed or had a great story line. It’s not that I’m saying the other fashion weeks were not great but Paris took it over the top.

For this year fashion week there were many top fashion houses showcasing and the popular celebrities and socialites couldn’t be left out, so there was never a dull moment. So it was obvious expectations and excitement were on an all high as many top luxury designers were on hand to present. Most of the clothes were trendy and wearable, they could have been in retail stores the very next day. The designers created quite a stir mixing beauty and purity, the minimal look, feminine details and silhouettes, even borrowed from the guys as pants suits were quite a hit, in their collections. Truth be told, some designers I totally fell in love with like Ellie Saab, but others didn’t make such an impression on me or left much to be desired, but “c’est le vie” in the fashion world.

Here are my favourite out of the top trends from the Paris:

Embellished

Nina Ricci, Vivienne Westwood, Isabel Marant

Ellie Saab, Lanvin, Ellie Saab

Sheer

Christian Dior, Cacharel, Valentino

Maxi Dress

Paul & Joe, Maiyet, Kenzo

Peplum

Jitrois, Akris, Anne Valerie Hash

Prints

Elie Saab, Balmain, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Ruffles

Balenciaga, Anne Valerie Hash, Givenchy

Suits

Saint Laurent, Haider Ackermann, Valentin Yudashkin

V-Necklines

Vionnet, Paul & Joe, Akris

Black

Costume National Akris, Saint Laurent

Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lanvin, Valentino

Blue

Ellie Saab, Barbara Bui, Stella McCartney

White

Valentin Yudashkin, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Valentino

Ellie Saab, Balmain, Guy Laroche

And that’s a wrap from the wonderful french capital as the final curtain has closed, it definitely was a blast looking at all the fashion. So now I await the start of  Fashion Week in my beloved country Barbados, stay tuned for the coverage from BB Fashion Week.

A Japanese-French Collaboration

Louis Vuitton is a luxury brand known for producing very chic collections and creative director Marc Jacobs is known for selecting artiste to rework the labels motifs. Seems like all the right dots were connected when the french label collaborated with japanese abstract artist, 82 years old Yayoi Kusama. Creative juices were overflowing as not only will the line soon be available in Vuitton stores worldwide on July 10th, but there will also be a second collection out in October.

Jacob’s became a fan of Kusama’s signature bold bright coloured dots artwork back in 2006 when she customised a Vuitton bag for him and now her dots are featured through out the collection. The limited edition collector items consists of clothes such as silk pyjamas, dresses and trench coats, accessories, and jewellery available in july, followed by leather goods in October.

Here’s a preview of what is to come at the next Louis Vuitton collaborated collection launch.