Louis Vuitton Malletage Palm Springs PM

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If you ask me, backpacks are here to stay, with almost every luxury brand under the sun having their very own variations, from Burberry’s adorable nylon backpacks to the ones from Prada that let you carry everything (yes, even the kitchen sink if you so wish to). Then there is this, Louis Vuitton’s take new on the ever-popular Palm Springs that now comes in quilted leather as well.

First made available in coated canvas, the new Malletage leather one is everything a true luxury bag should be, with quilted lambskin on the outside in the pattern of Louis Vuitton’s house icons, finished with gold-tone hardware that’s classy and elegant. Then there’s the padded shoulder handles, the trimmed cowhide and the additional loop at the bottom, which is actually for you to loop your scarf through when you’re out and about.

Measuring 37 cm in height by 24 cm, it’s admittedly a gorgeous bag, one that will take you from day to night, one that you can use on weekdays and weekends, and one that you’ll be using for most any occasion. Heck, even I’m interested, I just need to find out how much it costs now. BRB.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Sorbonne Backpack

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For  ladies who love everything about the Palm Springs Backpack but have been waiting for something more substantial, this post is dedicated to you. From Louis Vuitton comes the newish Monogram Empreinte Sorbonne Backpack that has been released in 3 easy-to-match colours, namely Cerise, Noir and Rose Poudre. And while it’s not exactly 100% similar in terms of style to the PS,  it’s close enough, especially when you’re distracted by the stamped buttery soft leather.

Its features are simple enough, its 27 cm by 25 cm body sporting a top handle, slings at the back (you know, to wear it like a backpack) and finished with a front zip pocket. Only available in this single size at the moment (the Sorbonne is slightly shorter than the Palm Springs PM Backpack but what it lacks in height, it makes up for in length and width), it is perfect for those who believe small is good and smaller is even better.

Great for a day out with sufficient interior pockets – zippered ones for your important essentials, and smartphone pockets for you to keep it all in safely and being truly handsfree while you’re out and about, the Sorbonne retails for SGD3450 (full leather, that’s why) and is currently available at all 3 LV boutiques in Singapore.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Eclipse: Travel With Horizon

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The Horizon, also known as the luxurious rolling luggage designed by Marc Newson for Louis Vuitton, is quite simply a sight to behold inMonogram Eclipse. Basically the Black/Grey rendition of Monogram Canvas(you would know this if you’ve read the first and second posts of this series), you could say it has come full circle as far the Horizon is concerned.

In honour of his late father Louis Vuitton, who started the business making travelling trunks for the crème de la crème of society, Georges Vuitton created and dedicated the Monogram Canvas pattern to him all those years ago. Today, it continues to adorn the luggage pieces of modern travellers, with this being one of them.

Only available in size 55 as far as the Horizon in Monogram Eclipse is concerned, it’s only an ultra-light piece of the luggage, the SGD4250luggage measuring some 55 cm by 39 cm by 21 cm is also the ideal carry-on size for most airlines. Framed by a cane handle that tucks away completely when not in use, the larger than normal handle isn’t big just from a design perspective, it also allows for eased manoeuvrability. And with the 4 compact wheels at the bottom, moving from point to point within the airport (even if you’re in hurry and with a full luggage) would be easy.

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On the inside you’ll find generous compartments that are also flat, which is possible only because the cane handle is positioned at the sides and not in the middle like most other four-wheeled luggages. Finished with a pull zipper closure padlock system that’s also TSA-approved, this is the perfect carry-on for the executive on the go, shuttling from city to city on an almost weekly basis.

For this, and more pieces from the Monogram Eclipse collection, you can follow this link to have a look. Better yet, pop into Louis Vuitton boutiques across the island, including ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands and Ngee Ann City to see how tradition and modernity have combined to culminate in the most beautiful effect.

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THE LOUIS VUITTON PALM SPRINGS BACKPACK PM

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Satisfying a thriving interest in monogram products while courting higher-end consumers with more expensive and exclusive leather options is a difficult balancing act, and it’s not one that Louis Vuitton has always pulled off perfectly. The brand has made strides in its leather game under the creative direction of Nicolas Ghesquiere, though, and now that monograms feel trendy again, LV has debuted at least one bag that I’m betting will capitalize on the increased interest: the Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack PM.

Taking the ubiquitous LV monogram and making it feel fresh without changing it significantly is a tall order, but it’s something this design accomplishes. Stripping it of the beige vachetta leather trim that most of LV’s monograms sport helps a lot; the black leather feels luxe and sporty simultaneously, which is a combination that’s huge in seasonal fashion right now and makes the monogram feel current by association. The casual, simple backpack shape is also important, and both it and the trim remove the print from its traditional, somewhat stuffy original context. It’s a monogram bag that can appeal to consumers who weren’t old enough to buy designer bags last time monograms were cool.

The bag is part of the brand’s current Cruise 2016 collection, and we’ve already spotted it on the arms of Chiara Ferragni and Kylie Jenner, who are exactly the type young, high-profile women who can introduce Vuitton to a new group of potential customers. For my part, it’s the only Louis Vuitton bag I’ve felt drawn to in recent memory, as well as the only one I’ve thought might make sense with my own personal style. That’s not exactly a tiny shift for someone like me, who doesn’t gravitate toward logos at all.

The bag is also well-positioned in Louis Vuitton’s price structure for it to make maximum impact: at $1,650, it hits a full-on luxury price point without being as astronomically unobtainable as the brand’s leather options. The Palm Springs is a very smart addition to the brand’s lineup, and I’d love to make it an addition to my closet.

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LOUIS VUITTON PALM SPRINGS BACKPACK

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Something urban and funky for the designer junkie? Definitely. We’re not out to ultimately convert you from your tote or handbag obsession, but backpacks have been making waves in high fashion these days. What a way to take a breather with the Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack, something different from the luxury house’s Cruise 2016 collection.

READ: Louis Vuitton Cruise 2016 Lookbook

The bag combines a sporty shape with distinctive House detailing – two seemingly different elements bound together by such design. It has so calfskin trim with foam backing and a leather scarf loop that’s perfect for sporting. With two adjustable padded shoulder straps, backpacking never looked this good!

It has golden color metallic pieces to match, and outsize zipped front pocket and an inside flat pocket that’s good for those who’d want to keep it organized.

Measuring 11” x 12.2” x 3.9” inches (L x H x W), you can get your very own Palm Springs Backpack for $1,650 USD via Louis Vuitton online boutique.

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Louis Vuitton Remained the World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brand in 2014

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Louis Vuitton has changed a lot over the past couple of years, and by the numbers, the shifts in strategy are starting to look like they’re working. According to research firm Millward Brown, Vuitton held onto its spot as the world’s most valuable luxury brand in 2014, and it was one of only two that gained value.

Every year, the Millward Brown BrandZ Study looks at metrics like corporate earnings and consumer attitudes for global brands in a variety of categories and assess how they’re performing, both relative to their competition and their own previous valuations. This year, of the luxury brands measured, only Louis Vuitton and Chanel gained value; LV rose 6% to $27.4 billion and the top spot on the luxury list, while Chanel grew 15% to a $9 billion valuation, which brought the French powerhouse in at fourth worldwide. Louis Vuitton has been ranked first in luxury for ten years running.

According to Bloomberg Business, Millward Brown analyst Elspeth Cheung attributes both Louis Vuitton’s and Chanel’s increasing value to recent strategy changes; Louis Vuitton’s revitalization is working, and Chanel’s price harmonization across markets has encouraged in-store consumption.

On the whole, though, luxury brands did not fare so well in 2014. The second and third place companies (Hermès and Gucci, respectively) each saw valuation decreases, and even in the top ten, the category was down an average of 6%.

As a consumer, do these findings reflect your perceptions of the brands in question?

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