Archive for January, 2014

Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Kenny Scharf

Giant Square by Kenny Scharf for Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Foulards DArtistes Spring/Summer 2014   Kenny Scharf

This summer, Louis Vuitton continues its world tour of the vibrant street art scene by inviting three new artists from three different continents to collaborate on its collections of textile. The artists of this third season are André, famed for his jaunty ‘Mr. A’ character who inhabits the walls of Paris, American Kenny Scharf, and INTI from Chile.

Californian Kenny Scharf, a remarkable figure in the worlds of painting, sculpture and performance, describes himself as a pop-surrealist artist whose guiding principle is to reach out beyond the elitist boundaries of fine art and to connect to popular culture. He has covered Louis Vuitton’s giant silk crepe square with a colorful collage of astronomic motifs and symbols of pop culture on a blurred psychedelic background.

About Kenny Scharf

His ambition as a professional artist is to maintain the course that he set nearly 30 years ago by establishing his work in the fields of painting, sculpture, and performance. Every project he undertakes is building on his past experiences. His original approach is unchanged; it is a personal challenge to produce the best work possible every time. One very important and guiding principle to his work is to reach out beyond the elitist boundaries of fine art and connect to popular culture through his art.

His personal ambition has always been to live the example. He believes the artist has a social responsibility to engage others in a thought process that ultimately brings art into everyday life thereby enhancing the quality of our experience.


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Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes Spring/Summer 2014 – André

Monogram Shawl by Andre for Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes Spring/Summer 2014 – André

For Spring/Summer 2014, Louis Vuitton continues its world tour of the vibrant street art scene by inviting three new artists from three different continents to collaborate on its collections of textile. The artists of this third season are André, famed for his jaunty ‘Mr. A’ character who inhabits the walls of Paris, American Kenny Scharf, and INTI from Chile.

For André, his studio drop cloth was the inspiration for the background of his interpretation of Louis Vuitton’s Monogram shawl. Once he had translated his paint spatters to the luxurious silk and wool wrap, it became a natural habitat for ‘Mr. A’, the artist’s signature blue figure with asymmetrical eyes.

About André

André lives and works between Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Born in Sweden in 1971, he considered from a very young age that the walls belonged to him. “When I was a child, they would let me draw on the walls at home but also at school. When I arrived in Paris in 1981, it was obvious to me that the street would become my school, my studio. Graffiti is a way of challenging the domination of the City on individuals, a way to own it.”

He then created Les Merceries d’André through which he sold his paintings by the metre. He used this experience to create the shop Black Block in the Palais de Tokyo, devoted to the support and expansion of young artists.

André is currently the Creative Director of French magazine L’Officiel Hommes, and his artworks are presented in galleries across the world, from Paris to New York, Saint Tropez, Stockholm, Los Angeles and Tokyo.


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Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Andre

Monogram Shawl by Andre for Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes Spring/Summer 2014 – Andre

For Spring/Summer 2014, Louis Vuitton continues its world tour of the vibrant street art scene by inviting three new artists from three different continents to collaborate on its collections of textile. The artists of this third season are André, famed for his jaunty ‘Mr. A’ character who inhabits the walls of Paris, American Kenny Scharf, and INTI from Chile.

For André, his studio drop cloth was the inspiration for the background of his interpretation of Louis Vuitton’s Monogram shawl. Once he had translated his paint spatters to the luxurious silk and wool wrap, it became a natural habitat for ‘Mr. A’, the artist’s signature blue figure with asymmetrical eyes.

About André

André lives and works between Paris, New York and Los Angeles. Born in Sweden in 1971, he considered from a very young age that the walls belonged to him. “When I was a child, they would let me draw on the walls at home but also at school. When I arrived in Paris in 1981, it was obvious to me that the street would become my school, my studio. Graffiti is a way of challenging the domination of the City on individuals, a way to own it.”

He then created Les Merceries d’André through which he sold his paintings by the metre. He used this experience to create the shop Black Block in the Palais de Tokyo, devoted to the support and expansion of young artists.

André is currently the Creative Director of French magazine L’Officiel Hommes, and his artworks are presented in galleries across the world, from Paris to New York, Saint Tropez, Stockholm, Los Angeles and Tokyo.


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Louis Vuitton Foulards D’Artistes Spring/Summer 2014 – INTI

Carre Geant par Inti pour Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton Foulards DArtistes Spring/Summer 2014   INTI

For Spring/Summer 2014, Louis Vuitton continues its world tour of the vibrant street art scene by inviting three new artists from three different continents to collaborate on its collections of textile. The artists of this third season are André, famed for his jaunty ‘Mr. A’ character who inhabits the walls of Paris, American Kenny Scharf, and INTI from Chile.

True to his name, derived from the Inca sun god, INTI is inspired by ancestral Andean culture, which he transcribes in brightly colored, monumental works. He selected Louis Vuitton’s emblematic giant silk square as his canvas of choice.

He revisits the giant square with a sun motif referencing the image of ‘Wiracocha’, god of TIWANAKU culture, one of the most important Inca deities. Infused with warm shades of gold and orange, the design is bordered in red with a pattern of ancient symbols surrounding the Louis Vuitton signature.

INTI Louis Vuitton Foulards DArtistes Spring/Summer 2014   INTI


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Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag – Savoir Faire

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Its name is homage to the earliest days of the Maison Louis Vuitton, born in rue Neuve-des-Capucines in 1854. It incorporates all of the elements of excellence in the making of fine leathergoods, which has been seen in Asnières since 1892. This excellence is expressed in fine leathers, timeless designs, and unequalled know-how. A new signature bag, which displays a discreet elegance, the Capucines, is the embodiment of the Maison and its values. It is worthy heir descended directly from the exceptional genealogy of Louis Vuitton city bags.

The marriage of two precious leathers lies at the heart of the Capucines bag. The rounded, strong texture is made from bull-calf “Taurillon” leather while the supple, silky feel of calfskin that echoes the texture in the body of the bag. A contrasting, all-leather duo pairs hide with hide in the purest tradition of fine leathergoods.

Discover Louis Vuitton’s luxurious Parnasséa leather goods collection

The design is timeless, with changing colours from season to season; its suppleness gives a relaxed feel complemented by a host of curves and rounded lines. The strong shape holds with the natural beauty of leather complemented by fine jewellery features. Capucines plays with contrasts and opposites, demonstrating the Maison’s many expert talents.

At first this bag does not reveal its lineage. It has mastered the art of the understatement, even the famous Louis Vuitton Monogram is not on show. Only the true connoisseur will be able to discern a homage to age-old trunks in the engraved rivets, they alone will recognise the Maison’s fine jewellery features in the chapes, the outline of the quatrefoil clover petal in the cut-out of the flap, and perceive a reference to the early days of the Maison in the bag’s name, when it was established in rue Neuve-des-Capucines, not far from Place Vendôme, between the Louvre, the emperor’s residence, and the Haussmannian Opéra district.

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Nothing in in the Capucines elegant restraint hints at its complexity. Over 250 individual handcrafted operations and thousands of steps go into creating the Capucines bag. Invisible, but ever-present know-how that is expressed in every detail and which gives it the sophistication and refinement that stand the test of time.

The grain of the hide must be even, the fibres intact, the thickness ranges from 2 to 2.4 mm, and the texture is and smooth and velvety to the touch. The leather specialist examines, weighs up and caresses the leathers: a patient selection that rejects wrinkles, a uneven grain and any marks. This is a sensual and painstaking exercise balancing the search for perfection with ultimate respect for natural materials.

The edging of the Capucines defines the leather, protects its, and highlights the colour. They are beautifully curved with a perfectly smooth silky feel. Performed by hand, finishing of the edging requires four successive layers; each one is air-dried before being heated to 46 degrees, and not one degree more, making them strong with the perfect finish.

See the Louis Vuitton ad campaign that spotlights its two key new leather goods: the W and the Capucines handbags

Tiny stitches that have been carefully hand-sewn by the leather craftsman are barely visible, almost undetectable. They attach the interior snap hook and closure tab. Discreet and virtually imperceptible, they snake between edges and rivets. A sensual yet technical detail that only reveals its intricacy to the eye of the aesthete.

This is the queen of detail stitching, crafted in saddle stitch; it dictates the uniquely distinctive structure of the Capucines bag, blending suppleness and strength. Created freehand in a single operation, it tacks between reinforcements and gussets without ever deviating from its path. It is the culmination of millimetre-precise control and an exercise in craftsmanship that relies entirely on skillful intelligence.

Never seen in this interpretation Louis Vuitton’s initials have been sheathed in bull-calf leather and inserted into claws set into the very grain of the leather. This is an unprecedented step for the Maison and has been carefully developed by its leading leather craftsmen. It is a pure demonstration of the confidence of years of craftsmanship that encourages new expressions to enrich each new Louis Vuitton creation.

Images via Louis Vuitton / Gérard Uféras


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Social Traffic: Five Ways to Make Posts More Shareable

What blogger doesn’t feel a twinge of envy reading a runaway viral success story like Seth’s — 26 million views? Whoa!

We may not all be viral sensations, but we can make sure our posts are primed for sharing. Shareable content is about more than making sure there are Facebook and Twitter links at the ends of your posts. Here are five more ways to up the odds your readers (and their readers) will share your post far and wide.

1. One blogger published a post with a great title — and you’ll never guess what happened next!

There’s a reason you see so many Upworthy posts in your social network feeds: their titles are catchy, intriguing, and crafted to get you to click.

A strong title can mean the difference between hundreds of readers — or none. Between the 1.4 million posts published on WordPress.com every single day and the endless stream of other new content on the internet, you need a strong first impression to cut through the noise. The first thing most people will see is your title, so make it a good one. Titles are also shared by default if you use Publicize, and they’re what will most often show up when readers publish links to your blog on their social networks.

Not sure if your titles are click-worthy? Check out our top tips for writing original, enticing titles.

2. Makesurereaderscanactuallyreadyourpost!

Confused? Let’s try again:

Make sure readers can actually read your post!

Don't ever do this. Please.

Don’t ever do this. Please.

You might have just written an earth-shattering treatise, but if it’s hard to read, it’s not going to get read — or shared. Things like font color, size, and paragraph length can make it more or less likely that readers will get through your post.

Very small or large fonts are challenging to read in longer posts, as are brightly colored fonts. It also helps to embrace empty space; white space makes long posts easier for readers to scan. Shorter paragraphs, headings and subheadings, blockquotes, bullets, and images all create space and break up chunks of text. Bullets and ordered lists are quickly digested, highly shareable, and provide simple, clear takeaways.

3. Don’t forget an image.

When we visit a web site, our eye is drawn to the boldest or most colorful part of the page. For many pages, that means an image, like a photo, logo, graph, or cartoon. On sites like Facebook, posts with an accompanying image rack up more clicks than those without — when we scroll through a long feed of information, our eye travels to the image.

Take advantage of this and try using more visuals. If you’d rather not interrupt your post with one, as we have, put it at the start or end, or set it as a featured image. Now, when a reader shares your link on sites like Facebook or LinkedIn, you’ve got a mini-billboard that makes it more likely that people will notice, click on, and re-share the link.

(And since images help create the white space that makes posts more scannable, this is a win-win!)

Don't worry: bumper-to-bumper blog traffic is much less likely to induce road rage than actual bumper-to-bumper traffic. (Photo by joiseyshowaa, CC BY-SA 2.0.)

Don’t worry: bumper-to-bumper blog traffic is much less likely to induce road rage than actual bumper-to-bumper traffic. (Photo by joiseyshowaa, CC BY-SA 2.0.)

4. Be a resource for others.

People share things that (1) inspire them; (2) make them laugh; or (3) add value and make it easier for them to do something.

Maybe you don’t think of yourself as particularly inspirational or funny*, but we all have something to share that adds value to others’ lives. Are you an expert in something? Teach us how to do it! Did you discover an amazing new way to do something? Tutorial, please! Have you collected great resources on a particular topic? Write them up and share the links. Spreading knowledge makes you a resource to your loyal readers, but also provides them with tips and tools they’ll want to share with others.

*We think you are.

5. Toot your own horn.

Sharing your own stuff makes it easier for others to do the same. Once your post is already circulating on Twitter, it’s simple for a fan to pass it on with a single click. After all, we all want to accomplish things on the internet with as few clicks as possible.

Hook up Publicize to easily promote your posts to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, LinkedIn, and Path, and ensure that your fans can share effortlessly.

Publishing the insightful essay, hilarious list, or stunning photo is up to you, but paying attention to these five small elements boosts your already-amazing content and makes it more easily shareable — a few small tweaks for a potentially big payoff.

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Etsy Fab Find: Vintage Oxblood Eel Clutch

Vintage Oxblood EelI am excited to share my fab finds from Etsy.  If you have never shopped on Etsy, you are in for a treat!  Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods.  In other words, if you’re looking for something special/original/handmade/handpicked, it’s on Etsy!  Don’t take my word for it, browse around and see for yourself!

Etsy shop: EklecticXplosion

Featured item: Vintage oxblood eel clutch, price: $25.00

Qiana, the owner and creative mind behind EklecticXplosion, offers a well edited collection of vintage clothing and accessories that are handpicked and always reasonably priced.  She also offers personal styling service!  

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Louis Vuitton: Three Bags, Three Adventures

Follow the path of three characters in the midst of their respective passions, in Florence, la Havana or at the heart of Canada’s deepest forest. From one bag to the other, we discover a cinematographer in Italy on the tail of great directors’ work, an oceanographer gathering data and other artifacts in the middle of the Cuban island, and lastly, a modern day herbalist in his personal retreat, a remote cabin hidden in the Canadian forest.

Louis Vuitton’s men’s bag collections feature three iconic models that compose the “essentials” for a man’s wardrobe. Created for different occasions and uses, their versatility allows them to be reinvented by each individual to suit his own needs. In this new animation, immerse yourself in the lives of these adventurers.

Discover more at Louis Vuitton.


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{On a personal note..} Blog Dedication

Mothers

Today marks 4 months since my mother left us.  My life hasn’t been the same since but I channel her strength and live each day for my Joanie.  She was my #1 supporter (and critic) and always made me feel like I could be and do anything I set my mind to.  I relaunched Handbag Report in honor of Joanie because the last thing she would want is for me to sit around depressed.  So, today, I dedicate my blog to my beautiful mother.  I will share memories and quotes from time to time that remind me of the special relationship we had and how much I cherish her.  

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{Sponsored Post} Fab Find: Sonia Rykiel Crystal Embellished Shoulder Bag

sonia-rykielNew at Jill’s ConsignmentSonia Rykiel Crystal Embellished Shoulder Bag.  I love the beige distressed leather and the multi-color crystals take this bag over the top.  Features include flap closure with tab, silver-tone Sonia Rykiel engraved hardware, detachable chain/leather strap and signature lady bug on underside of flap.  The interior has brown signature woven lining with zippered pocket, two flat pockets and accessory attachment.  This bag is in excellent condition – all crystals are intact, leather has natural distressing as does the silver-tone hardware.  Price: $295 at JillsConsignment.com.

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