Archive for April, 2010

THE GOOD TIMES ARE KILLING ME

I have gone on a shopping ban for the next month. Good thing I went shopping last weekend. I’ve got loads of stuff I want to incorporate into the blog, so I’m sure I can keep the vibe going without resorting to the petty exchange of tender to pique your interest (here’s hoping Photobucket). And here’s today’s look:
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dress – zara
cardigan – h&m
earrings – new look
boots – m&s

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Louis Vuitton – The Journey of a Man’s Wardrobe (PARIS)

Louis Vuitton introduces the first step of “The Journey of a Man’s Wardrobe” Fall-Wintern 2010/2011. Following its creation and the show in Paris, each collection is making its own journey to land in the lives of different styles of men.

With the participation of photographer The Selby, Louis Vuitton trackedthis season clothes, shoes, accessories and leathergoods into creative and inspiring men’s interiors all around the world. Artists, entrepreneurs, architects or designers all have in common a very personal lifestyle that mixes elegance and casual as if their occupation and their private life are one.

Today, Louis Vuitton invites you to Paris to discover the birth of a collection in the Design Studio and the leathergoods workshop, the show at Centquatre, along with an unexpected stop in the Asnières Family House.

For the behind-the-scenes look at the Louis Vuitton workshop, check it out after the jump. As for the other features, visit The Journey of a Wardrobe.

WORKSHOP

The Asnières workshop is unquestionably the nerve centre of Louis Vuitton. For more than a century, from 1859 until 1977, it was the company’s sole production facility, before growing demand from new markets and for new products meant that additional workshops had to be brought on stream. Asnières remains, however, very much the living symbol of Louis Vuitton’s unique combination of tradition and innovation. It is at Asnières that all the company’s hard-frame luggage continues to be made, as well as special orders, exotic leather bags and limited-edition bags for the fashion shows.


The Asnières workshop was itself a response to burgeoning demand when, just four years after the company was founded, the spectacular success of the Vuitton flat trunk forced Louis Vuitton to look beyond his original workshop in central Paris. With considerable foresight, he decided to move production out of the city to Asnières. The quiet rural town was yet to be made famous by the Impressionists, but was strategically situated both on the banks of the Seine – the poplar wood for the trunks arrived by barge from the nearby Oise valley – and on the railway line to Paris Saint- Lazare. Reflecting Louis Vuitton’s keen personal interest in all aspects of technological progress, the architecture of the new workshop was inspired by the groundbreaking use of glass and metal then being pioneered by Victor Baltard and Gustave Eiffel. It maximized the supply of natural light to provide the best possible conditions for precision craftsmanship.


The Asnières workshop reopened in January 2005 after extensive renovation lasting a year. Architect Gilles Carnoy sympathetically extended the historic exterior and thoroughly modernized the interior, seamlessly integrating state-of-the-art lighting, electricity, air-conditioning and compressed air systems for sewing machines, and designing a new layout for workstations geared to comfort and flexibility. The renovation added an extra level and 1,000-sq-m of space to the workshop, enabling poplar, beech and okoume wood for hard luggage, as well as canvas and leather to be stored on site, the latter in specially controlled conditions of temperature and humidity. All materials are meticulously checked on arrival and again before use.


Though their working environment has evolved beyond recognition, most of the tools and techniques used by the 185 craftsmen at Asnières remain virtually unchanged since the beginning. Another aspect of continuity is the time-honoured practice by which the workshop’s master craftsmen train their apprentices in the skills they need, ensuring that Asnières’ proud tradition of creativity and craftsmanship is constantly renewed.























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Trina Turk Loop De Loop Atlantic Printed Canvas Beach Bag

I found the perfect beach bag! Okay, so I wouldn’t actually wear it to the beach because it’s way too cute to be covered in sand. Trina Turk bags have been on my radar for a few weeks, and I am excited to have finally found one that speaks to my style! The Loop de Loop Atlantic Printed Canvas Beach Bag has one of the cutest prints I’ve ever seen! The double braided shoulder strap has a nautical vibe. Now if only I could decide which color to get – violet or blue? Price: $198 at Bloomingdales.

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Louis Vuitton Celebrates Earth Day

In honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, 10% of all sales purchased on www.louisvuitton.com on April 22nd, 2010 will be donated to Global Green USA. The donation to Global Green will support their Green Schools Initiative, focused on greening K-12 schools in several major United States cities including New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Global Green USA is working to create healthy green schools in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and cities throughout the country with its national Green Schools Initiative. Today most cash-strapped schools spend more money on electricity than on books and computers. For the past five years, Global Green has worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District to insure that the largest new school construction project in the country is built to healthy, green standards. When Global Green expanded its effort in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, schools became a critical component of the rebuilding efforts there. As a direct result of Global Green’s Green Schools Initiative, tens of thousands of students from overcrowded and rundown schools across the U.S. now attend classes in healthy classrooms in state-of-the-art green schools.

In addition to partnering with Global Green, Louis Vuitton will share messages from key influencers like Zoe Saldana, Pharrell Williams, Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia and Andre Leon Talley, detailing their own personal steps to protect the environment. Follow Louis Vuitton on Twitter for more updates on raising environmental awareness and promote accountability

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HIS WAS A GREAT SIN WHO FIRST INVENTED CONSCIOUSNESS. LET’S LOSE IT FOR A FEW HOURS.

I’m currently enamoured of dark dark DARK matte lipstick. I bought some really nice deep plum lipstick the other day which I’m going to try and figure out how to pull off in a future FOTD. Inspiration: Drew Barrymore, see beloooow. Photobucket
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Feeling a little sick today, so I’m going to watch Mad Love and then go to bed!
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[Title - quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story 'The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.' ]

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Preview: Louis Vuitton New Bond Street Maison

On May 28th, Louis Vuitton’s New Bond Street store in London will reopen as a full fledged flagship store. This new Maison combines the existing Louis Vuitton store at 17/18 New Bond Street and the adjoining premises at 19/20 New Bond Street which was formerly occupied by Donna Karan creating a a 20,000 sq ft of luxurious shopping space. Here’s a preview from British Vogue:

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Rebecca Minkoff Leopard Baby Bag

If I had it to do all over again, I would carry a super fly baby bag that didn’t look like your typical diaper bag. My mom actually surprised me with a monogrammed baby bag for Mother’s Day, so I ended up carrying it instead of shopping for a more stylish alternative. Since most new mothers end up ditching their everyday bag for the baby bag (it’s hard to carry 2 bags plus a baby), why not invest in something you absolutely love?!  My pick is the Rebecca Minkoff Leopard Baby Bag. This leopard-print coated-canvas baby bag with contrast leather trim and brass hardware has so many features: two zip pockets, zip gusset at patch side pockets, metal feet, double rolled handles and detachable, adjustable shoulder strap. The lined interior features zip pocket, 4 patch pockets and coated changing pad included. Price: $395 at Shopbop. Hurry, there’s only 1 left!

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flip & tumble Earth Day Giveaway

flip & tumble is giving away 5 eco-friendly totes. All you have to do is email a quick hello along with your address information to contest@flipandtumble.com before the 22nd. Winners will be notified on Earth Day!

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kate spade new york Folly Beach Makenzi Straw Clutch

Tis the season for straw bags and I’m looking for a few to put in rotation over the next couple of months. How can you not love a straw clutch?  The kate spade Folly Beach Makenzi clutch was inspired by a beautiful beach in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s made of seagrass with cowhide trim. It has front flap turnlock closure, gold-tone hardware, interior cell, additional pockets and polka-dot faille lining. Price: $225 at Bloomingdales.

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Louis Vuitton Celebrates Earth Day

Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. today announced that in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, 10% of all sales purchased on the company’s U.S. website, www.louisvuitton.com on April 22nd, 2010 will be donated to Global Green USA (www.globalgreen.org). The donation to Global Green will support their Green Schools Initiative, focused on greening K-12 schools in several major United States cities including New Orleans and Los Angeles.

In addition to partnering with Global Green, Louis Vuitton continues to raise environmental awareness and promote accountability on www.louisvuitton.com and at louisvuitton_us on Twitter. Starting April 16th, Louis Vuitton will share messages from key influencers detailing their own personal steps to protect the environment; Zoe Saldana, Rashida Zones, Abbie Cornish, Pharrell Williams, Andre Balazs, Jeffrey Deitch, Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia, Andre Leon Talley, and Antoine Arnault among others will illustrate how even simple actions make big differences.

“Louis Vuitton is actively committed to promoting environmental responsibility and sustainable development. Over the past several years, we have voluntarily made efforts to reduce the impact of the company’s activities on the environment,” said Daniel Lalonde, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton North America. “We are proud to be able to celebrate Earth Day with a concrete initiative through our support of Global Green, and to encourage a national discussion on climate change.”

Global Green USA is working to create healthy green schools in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and cities throughout the country with its national Green Schools Initiative. Today most cash-strapped schools spend more money on electricity than on books and computers. For the past five years, Global Green has worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District to insure that the largest new school construction project in the country is built to healthy, green standards. When Global Green expanded its effort in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, schools became a critical component of the rebuilding efforts there. As a direct result of Global Green’s Green Schools Initiative, tens of thousands of students from overcrowded and rundown schools across the U.S. now attend classes in healthy classrooms in state-of-the-art green schools.

“Global Green USA is grateful for Louis Vuitton’s support of our green school initiative on Earth Day,” said President and CEO Matt Petersen. “Today, a majority of students and teachers in the US spend their days in unhealthy schools that waste energy and money while having poor air quality. Every school in every neighborhood in America can and must become healthy, green buildings that create green jobs, save money and inspire our children about innovative solutions to climate change and today’s environmental challenges.”

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