Archive for February, 2011

Louis Vuitton Avant-Garde Pochette

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Marc Jacobs’ Spring/Summer 2011 collection for Louis Vuitton was full of dazzling colors, brilliant texture and mesmerizing movement. As ever, the Leather Goods make a striking statement. One of the runway pieces from the collection is the Avant-Garde Pochette, a two-tone suede/chèvre capsule-shaped flap clutch which is inspired by the bold Art Déco movement in the 1920s.

The Avant-Garde Pochette is crafted from leathers with contrasting textures. The front/back of the body is made from velvety soft suede, while the flap and sides from chèvre or goatskin. A golden brass bar engraved with the Louis Vuitton signature then frames the flap, giving it support and added glitz. Speaking of glitz, the Pochette features 805 (my eyes hurt from counting) 3-tone Swarovski crystals set in golden brass hardware to form a graphic VUITTON signature. Inside, the Pochette has a monogram-printed textile lining and a flat pocket. And outside, it has a slender chain/goatskin strap for shoulder carry and Louis Vuitton engraved bottom studs for protection.

Measuring 10.8″ x 5.1″ x 2″, the Avant-Garde Pochette comes in two colors: Noir (Black) and Prune (Plum). Both colors are available at Louis Vuitton stores for US$3300.

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Images via Louis Vuitton

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New Theme: Choco

Say hello to our newest theme, Choco. If I had to sum this theme up in just one word, it’d be stylish.

With dark colors and stitched borders Choco will give your site a classy, contemporary feel. It is well-suited for any site but works especially well for journal-style blogs: the traditional two-column layout with a right sidebar frames your stories in familiar—yet beautiful—style.

Choco is chock-full of style.

Choose from three color schemes and further customize the look with your own background, menu, and sidebar widgets. Learn more about Choco on the Theme Showcase.

Designed by CSSMayo, Choco is now available for, and for self-hosted sites, from the Themes Directory.

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Vogue Nippon April 2011

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Wearing Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 from head to toe, Sun Feifei, Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Britt Maren and Milou van Groesen stars in Vogue Nippon’s April 2011 issue photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. I really like this cover (except for the text overload), it gives off a regal vibe… like a portrait of a powerful Asian dynasty. 美しい !

Image via Vogue Nippon

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Louis Vuitton Utah Néo Greenwich Tattoo

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Meet the standout piece from Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2011 menswear collection, the Néo Greenwich Tattoo in Utah Leather. The bag is the result of Louis Vuitton and American tattoo artist Scott Campbell’s artistic collaboration. Of course there were other Scott Campbell bags from the runway show like the Keepall Tattoo in Utah Leather and Damier Graphite, but only the Néo Greenwich Tattoo made it into production. Too bad, I was really hoping that they’d release those pieces + my favorite: the Damier Waterproof Keepall in Translucent PVC.

Néo Greenwich Tattoo is crafted from the supple Utah leather (calfskin) that features a unique tattoo pattern designed by Scott Campbell. A high-tech laser perforation technique was used to imprint the ‘tattoo’ onto the leather. The bag’s other features include trimmings, address holder, handles with handle fastener, and an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, all made in natural calf leather. The bag’s interior is lined with soft cotton lining. Also, there’s an interior zipped pocket and two flat pockets, and a D-ring for keys and accessories.

With it’s unique design, aged metallic hardware and spacious interior, the Utah Néo Greenwich Tattoo is a refined sac voyage for the stylish traveller. The bag measures 19.7″ x 11″ x 9″ and comes in one color: Basalte. It’s available for US$7500 at select Louis Vuitton stores. If you’re interested in this bag, be sure to call your local Louis Vuitton store and ask whether they will carry this piece

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Here’s a video of Scott Campbell designing the tattoo pattern for Louis Vuitton.

Images via Louis Vuitton

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How is made?

One of my favorite shows is How It’s Made. I love seeing how things I use every day are actually created. In that spirit, here at Automattic we’ve thought about sharing more about how we work and think. For starters, here’s a recap on a few things.

Where are we? Everywhere.

People are surprised to learn we are a distributed company. Most of our employees live in different cities and countries around the world. We have a headquarters in San Francisco, but most of our employees are elsewhere. This means we are working round the clock and we’re informed by many cultures, places, and cuisines (we like food).

How do we work?

Toni, our CEO, has written about the advantages of distributed work before. We are a publishing and services company, and we passionately believe in the power of blogs as group communication tools. We use a WordPress theme called P2 for much of our internal communication, and they function as a combination of specifications, bug reports, brainstorms, watercooler chats, and more. You can read Matt’s take on how P2s changed the company (includes of a video of P2 in action).

Everyone at Automattic is organized into a team of 5-10 people, each team focused on different areas. For example, I’m the lead for Team Social, and we work on improving things like comments, publicizing posts to social networks, and other features. We have teams for Systems, Themes, VIP services, and more.

On a daily basis, everyone works with high autonomy. We do this by choice, since we’re distributed by time as well as distance. We use P2s, IRC chat, and Skype to communicate, picking the right medium depending on how time sensitive a message is. One surprise is how little we use email. I’ve been at Automattic for 7 months and have received only a couple hundred emails, many from people outside the company.

How are new features and improvements made?

A high percentage of improvements come entirely from the community, the open source project is based on.

Here at Automattic we implement, test, and release changes to dozens of times a day. We do it with love, trying to make it so you don’t always know why, but definitely feel your blog gets better and better all the time.

Each team works differently, but each developer, working with a team lead and a designer, decides what changes to make and when to release them. Bigger projects like VaultPress require the work of a dedicated team for weeks or months. Other things like bug fixes or minor features are often finished in days or hours.

We get ideas from many different places. Our stellar Happiness Team constantly reviews issues and discovers ways to make things better, and they’re one primary source for what to work on next. But we also keep lots of data on which features get used, and where it seems people have problems. As a result, every day on our blogs many ideas get pitched, sketched, and prototyped. As productive as we are, we only get to a fraction of them. But when we do ship something, we get feedback instantly on what we’ve done, and often respond quickly to small things we missed, or realize didn’t work quite right, despite our best efforts.

What’s next?

We hope to share more about how we work, and how we think about the future of the web. We have opinions and ideas to share.

If we do this, what would you like to know? No promises, but we’ll sneak around here behind the scenes and see what we can do.

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Louis Vuitton Articles de Voyage Cabas Denim

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Part of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Collection, the Articles de Voyage Cabas Denim embodies the effortless military inspiration of the collection. This simplistic tote is crafted from top quality water-repellent denim material that has been specially treated to achieve the vintage military look. A large Articles de Voyage emblem is printed on the bag’s exterior, reminiscent of Louis Vuitton’s advertisement from the olden days.

Cabas Denim also features adjustable leather handles made from Calfskin leather for hand or shoulder carry. Inside, the bag is lined with the same Denim material and has a large interior zipped pocket. In addition, the volume of the bag can be adjusted similar to the Neverfull, thanks to the press studs located at the bag’s sides. Lastly, it’s masculine brushed metallic pieces and vintage details make it the epitome of stylish travel.

Cabas Denim is very spacious, it measures 20.8″ x 17.7″ x 9.8″ and comes in two military-inspired colors: Kaki and Argile (Clay). Articles de Voyage Cabas Denim is available at Louis Vuitton stores for US$3150. It’s a really handsome bag. It’s simple yet very chic. What do you think?

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★ Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Menswear Collection
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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2011 Men’s Bag Names and Prices

Images via Louis Vuitton

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New Theme: Duster

I am rather pleased to announce the birth of a new Automattic theme designed and developed by the Theme Team. It goes by the name of Duster and is quite an interesting theme — if I may say so myself.

Apart from the custom possibilities you’re already acquainted with in most of our themes — features like custom backgrounds, headers, and menus — Duster is also equipped with a unique Showcase Page Template that can propel your site up to a new level.

Showing how Duster looks.

With the help of the Showcase Template you can make your front page display an introductory text message, a featured post with an image —big or small, your call— at the top, a recent post column showing the latest post and a list of other recent posts below, and a sidebar with a custom widget that displays your Aside or Link posts.

It also has several details hidden all around, like a responsive and fluid design to accommodate smaller views. We hope you like it and create beautiful sites with its help. We like it so much we’re using it for our team blog, ThemeShaper. :) Go exploring and read more about it at the Theme Showcase (you now can even activate the theme from there)!

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Are you well-versed in comment etiquette?

Which comment would you rather receive?

“Great post! Check out my blog at”


“Well said! I know exactly what you mean about X, and I’m glad that I’m not the only one who thinks so. I would even say that A, B, C! Your candor is greatly appreciated.”

The second one, of course. Why? For one thing, it follows the etiquette guidelines below. But even more importantly, it was written with the intent to forge a relationship, not to self promote.

Relationship building is a much more effective and rewarding strategy for attracting new visitors to your site than spamming, so if you’re interested in boosting your readership, keep the following tips in mind when you leave comments on others’ posts:

1. Be specific. Personalized comments show authors that you’re genuinely interested in what they have to say, and that you actually took the time to read what they wrote. This doesn’t mean you need to write a long comment, just be sure to articulate why you felt compelled to say something in the first place. Did you learn something new? Did you have a similar experience? Do you want to voice a different perspective? Quote the author directly if you need to clarify what specific sentences you’re responding to.

Even if you simply want to compliment someone’s work, explain what you liked about it. Avoid vague comments like “Awesome! Thanks for sharing.” If you’re not sure what to say, consider using the Like button to show your support.

2. Don’t leave a link to your blog. When you leave a comment on a blog post, your name will automatically link to your blog, so there’s no need to include it twice. (This setting can be found under Users → Personal Settings in your dashboard, in the Account Details section.) Blatant self-promotion is generally frowned upon and is likely to be ignored, so be careful not to tarnish your reputation by creating the perception that you’re a spammer.

On a related note, when you mention another author’s post on your own blog, do include a link, instead of just mentioning the post title or blog name. This will generate a pingback and inform the author that you mentioned their post.

3. Stay on topic. Take care not to diverge too far from the subject of the original post. If you end up in an off-topic exchange with other commenters, message them directly to avoid distracting from the comments left for the post author.

It’s perfectly acceptable to share relevant links, just be sure to explain how they relate to the original post.

Bonus trick: Turn text into links with HTML by using the following code:

<a href="link">text</a>

For example,

<a href="">My favorite blogging platform</a>

creates My favorite blogging platform when published as a comment.

4. Be nice. Even if you disagree with someone, it’s never appropriate to use insults or other offensive language. Rude comments don’t add any value to a discussion, and only divert attention away from the author’s work. It’s perfectly fine to offer constructive criticism, just be polite. If you see others writing disrespectful or incendiary comments, or you receive such comments on your own blog, ignore/delete them. Acknowledging them will only encourage the aggressor, so don’t waste your time.

5. Keep it brief. The more concise your comment, the easier it will be for others to read and respond to. In most cases, a few sentences is plenty.

But what if you feel strongly about a topic and have a lot to say — is it appropriate to leave a long-winded comment? Or should you write a response on your own blog, then leave a comment that summarizes your post?

It depends. Some bloggers feel that long comments are overwhelming and disruptive. Others prefer to keep the conversation all in one place. What do you think?

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Speaking of building relationships with other bloggers, it’s not too late to join the Post a Day/Post a Week challenge if you’re interested in interacting more with other members of the community. Check out The Daily Post for details.

Have questions about comment settings and management? Find the answers you need in our extensive support documentation on comments.

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Something about designers at Copenhagen Fashion Week really attracts me. The best of them have a laid back yet put together elegance that works because of a strong sense of proportion and colour. Here are my favourite pieces from the labels Bitte Kai Rand, and Baum und Pferdgarten:



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In a Temple’s Main Hall
  -written by Ko Un
  -translated by Brother Anthony

Down with Buddha!
Down with handsome, well-fed Buddha!
What’s he doing up there with that oh so casually elegant wispy beard?
Next, break down that painted whore of a crossbeam!
A dragon’s head? What use is that, a dragon’s head?
Tear down that temple, drive out the monks,
turn it all into dust and maggots!

Buddha with nothing, that’s real Buddha!
Our foul-mouthed Seoul street-market mother, she’s real Buddha!
We’re all of us Buddhabuddhabuddha real!
Living Buddha? One single cigarette, now there’s real cool Holy buddha!

No, not that either.
For even supposing this world were a piece of cake, 
with everyone living it up and living well,
in gorgeous high-class gear, with lots of goods produced
thanks to Korean-American technological collaboration,
each one able to live freely, with no robbing of rights,
Paradise, even!
Paradise, even!
utter Eden unequalled, plastered with jewels, still even then,
day after day people would have to change the world.
Why, of course, in any case,
day after day this world must all be overturned
and renewed to become a newly blooming lotus flower.
And that is Buddha.

Down for sure with those fifteen hundred years
rolling on foolish, rumbling along:
time fast asleep like stagnant water that stinks and stinks.

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