Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Matelassé from the Étoile Collection

Matelassé which means 'quilted' in French is the latest offering from Vuitton, belonging to the Étoile (star) Collection. The design of quilted bags is not new. It was made popular by Coco Chanel when she translated her beige, suede sofa from the 1930's into her classic flaps of the '50's. The material and color of the sofa, which can still be viewed in her private apartments to this day, were very unusual for that period and the pillows were quilted all over. Even then, she was ahead of her time. Marc Jacobs has now borrowed this innovation to offer, to what looks to me like a reinterpretation of the Montorgueil and Griet. The quilting pattern is so precise that a line cuts through the same flowers from top to bottom. Three intersecting lines meet at designated points to frame the LV monogram within which is never cut. Amazing! No wonder this collection has a high price tag to them. So much material would be wasted in making one bag. Also, let's not overlook the fabulous hardware that these bags are outfitted with. The 'Louis Vuitton' script crowns it perfectly! I can't wait to see these in real life! Comes in bowler $2950 and tote $3500. LVoe it!!! Photo: the book from Incircle NM

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