Monday, December 31, 2007
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
I have really not been following the scandal surrounding Piolo Pascual and Sam Milby, two Filipino matinee idols allegedly having a LVoe relationship. Jeff practically swoons over the both of them. I should keep tabs on it, after all, the defendant in this case is none other than Angel's mom, Miss Lolit Solis. I only catch snippets from my not-so-updated friend. So when she showed me this recent photo of her mom together with Sam and Piolo's lawyer who by chance is sporting a Damier Speedy, I knew that I had to follow this case more closely. For all of you who are not familiar with P&S, I've also attached a pic of them. Not sure if it's a photoshop since they are locked in a man handheld. For full Tagalog article by Jojo Gabinete click here.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
It seems that Vuitton is really targeting its male clientele. A few weeks ago I posted the Utah Kiowa tote from their holiday catalog and instantly fell in LVoe when I saw it in real life. Clearly it is trying to define how Americans perceive the man bag. It looks like a shopper tote but the sportish, old Western straps give it that masculine look. I adore Utah leather because of the way it feels and the hardware is finished to perfection. Discreet that does not scream LV but it does say that one has style. $1940 www.louisvuitton.com
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I saw the Damier Lune Cabas today in real life and what do you know, my co-blogger bagaholicboy from Singapore had the same reaction as I did. Click here for his post. I felt that the nouveau design was fantastic but the fabric material just didn't do it for me. The suede handles will probably worry me to death and the lining just fell flat. I did LVoe the burnished finish of the Vuitton plate inside though, but even so, it just didn't grab me. To top it all off, my SA was not interested in showcasing the piece but was more into my non-LV bag that I had with me today. She ran her hands onto my quilted, luxurious lining and said: "Lemme just feel another bag other than LV." Hahahaha, I left with a skip in my gait. $1420 www.louisvuitton.com
I could see that this collection will not be so popular among the masses but you got to hand it to Marc for once again collaborating with an artiste. It gives the brand that edginess that is lacking in the core collection and presents LV in a different light. I'm not sure yet if I will partake of this line since other preoccupations are underfoot. Coming in Spring-Summer 2008. Photos taken from seahorseinstripes (tPF).
Monday, December 17, 2007
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Last Hannukah dinner at Jeff's ancestral home, his 7 year old niece suddenly picks up my Macau clutch and asks me if it were mine. I answered in the affirmitive and then began a series of sing-song teasings: "Francis has a purse!" End of story. Last night, Jeff was watching the third season of The Wire wherein one of the agents in a covert operation was required to carry a similar looking clutch to make him look more European. The detective's response: "What the F##K is that?". Why are Americans so averse with a carrying bag? Granted that I am an extreme in my choice of LVs since I don't care about conforming to what society dictates. Isn't it time that all of you wisen up and realize that carrying a bag or clutch does not dictate what your proclivities are? Photo: David Beckham
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Up for your perusal is this Neverfullesque spring/summer bag designed in collaboration with the artist Richard Price. I LVoe the bold print of the monogram against the smaller and subtler lining that is peeping out. Also, the convenience of adjustable straps is a big plus. I wonder what the price point would be for this wonderful seasonal...Photo credit: princesscathryn
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Fashion Editor of The Times in London, Lisa Armstrong, voiced out her fantasy to an LV PR about her eternal quest for the perfect piece of weekend luggage. Nine months later, after discussions and planning with the Asnieres Factory in France, this purple beauty was born and will be up for grabs to benefit charity. Not only do you get the bag, but it contains a host of travel essentials - passport cover in monogram canvas to protect your travel documents, oversized cashmere eyeshades and blanket for in-flight comfort, computer case for working on-the-go, a transparent detachable toiletries kit for swift X-ray security navigation at airports when carrying liquids, a foldable jewellery kit to store your precious cargo, an evening clutch in monogram Vernis leather for instant glamour on-the-run and a laundry pouch. Similar in size to my Eole 50, it also has a set of wheels and pulling mechanism for ease of travel. According to the Times, the Ultimate Travel Bag will be auctioned online and by phone. It will be on display until December 18 at Louis Vuitton, 190-192 Sloane Street, London SW1. All the proceeds will go directly to CLIC Sargent, the charity that helps children with cancer and leukaemia, and their families. To bid, go to www.clicsargent.org.uk between now and midnight (UK time), December 18. To bid by phone call 020-8752 2883. The starting reserve is set at £10,000. The website and telephone voicemail will include a daily update on the new daily reserve based on previous bids accepted. For actual Times article click here. Photo credit: Times and CLIC Sargent
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
One thing I enjoyed seeing last nite at the event, was this tiny, little number from the Taiga line. They had it displayed with the strap neatly tucked inside so I thought that it was a handheld bag. It has an interesting snap that I fiddled a good 10 minutes with before I discovered how it opened. The Taiga leather lends it a bit stiff for my taste but it's surely different from the rest of my collection. Visit www.louisvuitton.com. $970
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Well, I attended my first LV event at the Chevy Chase store and was instantly drawn to the new addition in the men's collection. It is called the Damier Lune , a new interpretation of the iconic checker board pattern. Unfortunately, they only had one of the two that came into the store for tonight's event. Apparently, the handheld Cabas was pre-ordered. Oh well, there are still nine left in the country so I will have to do a lot of debating in the days ahead. Trotteur (satchel) $1270; Cabas (handheld)$1420; Sac de Sport (carryall-type) $2020. Photo credit: princesscathryn
Christmas window designed by Christopher Lawson (21, from Ireland) and Marcos Villalba (26, from Spain), students from Central Saint Martins. Louis Vuitton held a competition in March commissioning 80 graduates from the BA course and the result is this wonderful three-dimensional topographical map of the area surrounding Asnieres, the cradle of the brand's tradition. According to Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of LV, he found it "interesting that in the whole history of Louis Vuitton, no worker has ever thought of travel in terms of latitude and longitude until now". . Great job guys! Watch out for it in your local boutique. LVoe it!!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
The first of upcoming Filipino Holiday extravaganzas happened last night in a small suburb of DC. I saw dear ol' friends that I have not seen in awhile and was pleasantly surprised that one of them had a new iPhone. Now my surprise came not from the fact that he purchased this latest craze from Apple because Jorge is very much up to date with his gadgets, but it was prompted by what encased it! It was LVoeingly held in the all too familiar monogram canvas. I featured this latest accesory a few months back but have never really seen it in real life. The phone practically slid into the case because it was lined with what I believe is microfibre. Jorge has always been a Burberry, Prada kinda guy, so I was delighted to see a little LV creep into his collection. $225 in www.louisvuitton.com
I was tasked to chaffeur Angel around this weekend as she revises her wardrobe for the winter months. It was two days of nitpicking shopping (she stayed overnite) as we braved the sale racks in three different malls. I think I have perfected the mathematics of computing discounts in my head. Thankfully, I refrained from buying anything so here's a couple of pics in the rare and few moments that I am actually resting.
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Vuitton has collaborated with Bang and Olufsen to dress up quite a few of the company's products. Utilizing LV's buttery Nomade leather as second-skin, these already ultra-chic gadgets are further taken into the realms of luxury! Featured above are the cases for the Serene Mobile and the Beosound; and below is the Seranata's . I am so technologically challenged that I will direct you to the website where you can find more info about them. (Bang-Olufsen.com) Visit www.louisvuitton.com
Thursday, November 29, 2007
On our way to Rehoboth Beach, Rowena and I decided to make a quick visit and have cup of coffee with my good friend Angel. Luckily she was carrying her LV bucket so here's a snapshot of us enjoying our lattes.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Despite the cold front, my company is off to its semi-annual retreat in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It's a time for bonding with the co-workers and to charter our course for the future. I'm really not looking forward to this trip and I am glad that my Louis are coming with me. I have never used this Eole and Excursion combo and just realized that they resemble each other closely. Vuitton after all is built on travel so I decided to go in style. Gosh, I sound so pretentious!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
It was a tad bit too windy for my taste when I walked Piolo this morning so I came to the realization that I am ill equipped for the upcoming winter months. Searching the www.louisvuitton.com. portal, I found this wonderful mink hat and instantly fell in LVoe. It will suit me perfectly! Now all I have to do is convince Santa to get it for me. $1710.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I was just browsing the Purse Forum on this lazy Sunday morning when I happened upon a thread discussing the Denim XL. I have always drooled over the Mahina version of this oversized bag but was hesistant to fork out so much for it. Well, the relatively new released denim is an excellent and tempting alternative. It comes in blue or black and modestly priced at $2150. LVoe it!!! Visit www.louisvuitton.com.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
After a Thanksgiving of shopping and feasting, here we are eating again at Cosi. Take note that I decided to don my Vuitton mink since the temperature dropped rapidly over the weekend. There is nothing better than spending the holidays with a good friend. Thanks Mi for joining us. LVoed it!!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Lifted from Louis Vuitton's holiday catalogue is this wonderful man bag from the Utah Leather collection. It's name: Kiowa. I don't know yet what it means or what it is named after. All I know is that this tote rocks and I could even imagine myself carrying it. I wanted my passport holder to come from this line but unfortunately it's discontinued. Maybe this is an appropriate alternative. LVoe it!!! Visit www.louisvuitton.com.
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