Archive for November, 2015

Field Notes: Wine Tourism Conference 2015

Automatticians, the people who build WordPress.com, participate in events and projects around the world every day. Periodically, they report back on the exciting things they do when not in front of a computer.

Last week, Happiness Engineers Marjorie R. Asturias and Andrea Badgley attended the fifth annual Wine Tourism Conference in Loudoun County, Virginia. The event brings together leaders in the wine industry — from tour operators to wine bloggers — to talk about wine tourism and digital marketing (and to share a glass or two). Here’s Andrea’s account of her experience at the conference.

Vintners and tour operators from Canada, the UK, and Portugal flew into Virginia last week to connect and talk about how to reach out to wine enthusiasts and welcome them to the growers’ tasting rooms.

Tourism data or emerging markets aside, these folks are passionate about wine. They’d be crafting, drinking, and talking about it even if wine tourism weren’t a growing industry.

You know you’re in the right place when at 9 o’clock in the morning, you’re talking about wine.

— Beth Erickson, president of Visit Loudoun

Marjorie and I enjoyed meeting and connecting at a one-on-one level with the 175 conference attendees to hear their personal stories. Most proprietors we met operate small, intimate wineries, where they do all of the work, from growing the grapes to bottling the wine. The couple who owns the La Finquita winery cultivate and harvest their grapes themselves, and they even custom etch their wine bottles. Similarly, tour operators execute every aspect of their business, from booking the tours to balancing the books, and from managing the website to driving the bus. They do this work because they are passionate about it.

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Marjorie Asturias and Andrea Badgley at Wine Tourism Conference 2015
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This passion is perfect for blogging. Everything has a story in wine tourism: the architecture of the tasting room, the land, the family, the wine. These are small businesses that feed naturally into the Go Local movement, in which customers want to meet the people who are growing and making local food and wine.

Wine tour guides and emerging wineries are small businesses. They have minimal advertising budgets, but they have fascinating stories to tell. Websites, blogs, and social networking are powerful, inexpensive tools for connecting with their customers and getting the word out about the wine and land they love so much.

Vintners poured wine and shared their stories and passion with us, and Marjorie and I were thrilled to return the favor. We talked about blogging as a guerrilla marketing tool, stressed the importance of having a website and an online presence, and even helped a local wine concierge, Vino 301, ensure her site is mobile ready. In addition, Marjorie presented a much-appreciated session on Designing Websites for 2016 and beyond, and I succumbed to the beauty of the region, taking notes for when my husband and I one day get away to explore the wineries of Virginia.

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Designer Spotlight: Kent Stetson

I discovered these amazing clutches on Instagram, and was immediately intrigued with the designer behind the bags. Who is he? What inspired his bold and whimsical designs? How is each bag made? I wanted to know more and see more! Kent Stetson creates stunning, cutting-edge handbags by merging traditional craft techniques with high-technology equipment and materials. After studying at Brown University, Stetson took an interest in new media and hybrid digital/traditional fine art. In 2003, as a framing experiment, he presented one of his digital paintings as a handbag, and has since made bags for collectors all over the world. By blurring the line between art and fashion he wants to in some small way inspire people to live beautifully. Mission accomplished!

I saw the Peacock Clutch (one of my favorites!) up close and it is every bit as fabulous as I expected. I can honestly say that it was hand crafted to perfection. What I love and appreciate most about Kent Stetson’s collection is that each clutch has a personality of its own. They are statement pieces that will always be a conversation starter. All bags come with a removable cross-body chain, logo dust bag, clear vinyl inner pocket, and are individually signed. Price includes shipping. All of my favorite clutches are pictured below. View and shop the entire collection at KentStetson.com.

Kent Stetson Peacock ClutchKent Stetson Peacock Clutch, Price: $195.00

Kent Stetson bagsKent Stetson Snake Clutch, Price: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Splash Clutch, Price: $195.00

Kent Stetson handbagsKent Stetson Red Wine Clutch, Price: $198 & Kent Stetson White Wine Clutch, Price: $198

Kent Stetson clutchesKent Stetson Tiger Clutch, Price: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Donut Clutch, Price: $205.00

Kent Stetson clutches Kent Stetson Brush Strokes ClutchPrice: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Stained Glass Clutch,Price: $195.00

Kent Stetson clutches4Kent Stetson Disco Clutch, Price: $205.00 & Kent Stetson Take Me to Oz Clutch, Price: $295.00

Kent Stetson Clutches 5Kent Stetson Dripping in Gold Clutch, Price: $195 & Kent Stetson Haiku Clutch, Price: $195

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Welcome to the New WordPress.com and WordPress.com App for Mac

What if WordPress.com helped you…

… update your pages and respond to comments from a desktop app?
… manage all your WordPress blogs and sites in one spot, on any device?
… spend less time on administration and uploading and more time creating?
… find the best content people publish with WordPress every day?

What if we rebuilt WordPress.com from the ground up to make it all possible?

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Welcome to the new WordPress.com. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Your home on the web has a home in your dock

You’ve already been using parts of the new WordPress.com, in the new editor, improved stats pages, and refreshed Reader. You deserve web tools as powerful and flexible as your ideas.

The WordPress.com for Mac app is the next step in a suite of improvements that help you realize your vision on the web — and it’s an app you already know how to use. Look familiar?

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Use the desktop app to focus on your content and design with no other browser tabs to distract you — or to keep your sites sidelined but accessible. Build your site anywhere, in whatever way helps you get your best work done: the app is powered by the same technology that runs WordPress.com, creating a seamless experience for publishing and browsing whether you’re in a browser, a mobile app, or the desktop app.

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And all of WordPress.com, app included, is built with new technologies that are faster and smoother. Use the time you save uploading photos or configuring menus to focus on your magnum opus instead. WordPress.com should be nimble enough to keep up with you, today, tomorrow, and ten years from now — and now it is.

(Windows and Linux users, we haven’t forgotten you! Visit the download page and sign up to be notified when your apps are available.)

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Publishing tools for anyone — and everyone

This isn’t just for WordPress.com. The Jetpack plugin now gives your self-hosted sites access to the new WordPress.com publishing and site-building tools and the app, along with a host of features to speed up, secure, and simplify site administration like automatic backups and plugin auto-updating.

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And because everyone should have access to publishing tools for building a more beautiful web, we open-sourced the entire codebase on GitHub — anyone can see, copy, and work with the code that now powers WordPress.com.

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The cream of the (one-quarter of the web) crop

The web is about both creation and discovery, and your tools should help with both. Say hello to Discover: a new way to hone in on the good stuff and celebrate the beautiful things published with WordPress. You’ll find it right in your Reader, both online and in the app.

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Browse recommended posts and sites. Dive into blogger interviews. Find original work from your favorite new writers. It’s all lovingly curated and edited by the WordPress.com Editorial team to shine a spotlight on some of the greatest writing, photography, and art published across WordPress, including self-hosted WordPress sites.

Since WordPress now powers over 25% of the web, it’s a one-stop shop for the best voices out there — yours.

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What will you build with WordPress?

Every day, we watch you push the boundaries of WordPress.com. With the new WordPress.com, you can spend less time dealing with the mechanics of your site, and more time telling your stories. Sharing your photos. Building your businesses. Finding your fans. And isn’t that the point?

Want more? Take a guided tour of the new WordPress.com:

Download the app, visit Discover, learn more about the technologies underlying the new WordPress.com and the process of building it, or read what our CEO has to say about the changes

 

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“Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be”: Bloggers on Paris and Beirut

Telling stories has power; they connect us, help us work through the raw emotion, and give us a way to make sense of events. After last week’s devastating violence in Paris and Beirut, these nine bloggers shared theirs, helping us do just that. Reading their posts may not be easy — but it is important.

Cultive le Web, “Attentats à Paris, j’étais rue de Charonne

A writer from Cultive le Web was out for an evening with friends Friday night when shooting began on the rue de Charonne. The staccato phrasing of this play-by-play post captures brings readers some tiny measure of the fear, panic, and disbelief. It’s an unvarnished outpouring we wish he had no occasion to write, but are glad he did.

9:45 p.m. Noise, screams. A fight? A rowdy crowd there at the bar? They must be drunk, like on any Friday night in Paris, right? I come closer. A group of people has formed on the other side of the sidewalk. “Kalashnikov shots.” “Casualties.” “Dozens of casualties.” “Broken glass, everywhere.” There’s a gush of details — who to believe? What to make out of this? What are they talking about? A shoot-out? Settling scores like in Marseille? But thinking about it, why not a terrorist attack? I ask, naively. “Obviously it’s a terrorist attack!” answer the patrons who’d fled running, all at once.*

*Translated from the French by WordPress.com editor Ben Huberman.

The Seventy Fifth, “Sense and Senselessness

Patrick lives in Paris’ 11e arrondissement, a short walk from Le Bataclan. Waking up the morning after Friday’s attacks, he looks for patterns in the violence that might give him hints for staying safe  — but finds none.

It makes sense, sadly, that an attack may occur at or near a French football match – the President was there, after all. We can avoid large displays of nationalism, sports, culture or otherwise. But must we also avoid all American rock bands? Was it something about the name Eagles of Death Metal? Do we stay inside on Friday the 13th? Never patronise Cambodian restaurants? How long is a piece of string?

Hummus for Thought, “Beirut, Paris

Paris isn’t the only city in mourning; bombings in Beirut last week left over 40 people dead. Lebanese blogger Joey reflects on the lack of global attention on Lebanon, with sense of resignation tempered by the hope that we can do better.

‘We’ don’t get a safe button on Facebook. ‘We’ don’t get late night statements from the most powerful men and women alive and millions of online users.

‘We’ don’t change policies which will affect the lives of countless innocent refugees.

This could not be clearer.

I say this with no resentment whatsoever, just sadness.

A Separate State of Mind, “From Beirut, This is Paris

On A Separate State of Mind, Elie reacts with more anger than resignation — anger at the world for caring more about Paris, but also at his countrymen and women for seeming to do the same.

We can ask for the world to think Beirut is as important as Paris, or for Facebook to add a “safety check” button for us to use daily, or for people to care about us. But the truth of the matter is, we are a people that doesn’t care about itself. We call it habituation, but it’s really not. We call it the new normal, but if this [is] normality then let it go to hell.

In the world that doesn’t care about Arab lives, Arabs lead the front lines.

Everybody’s Talking at Once, “How Refusing to Be United Makes Us Stronger

Video game blogger Drew turned to more serious topics after the attacks on Paris, penning a thought-provoking post on whether being “united” against terror is a laudable goal, or a positive idea at all.

It’s a sobering (and, it must be said, fundamentally French) thought: That the people killed in Paris “had declared war” on terrorism not because they imagined themselves conscripted into a fighting force, and certainly not because they marched in cultural and rhetorical lockstep, but specifically because they weren’t in lockstep. They were living out the messier, more joyful, less “united” way of life that terrorism seeks to undermine…

We don’t have to be united. We don’t have to agree. We don’t always have to “stand together,” even. That’s precisely what makes us strong, and that’s precisely what makes our way of life worth defending.

John Scalzi, “Paris

Author John Scalzi also veered from his regular bailiwick, science-fiction. His short but impassioned piece exhorts us to avoid giving credence to the Islamic State’s black-and-white worldview by refusing to conflate “Muslim” and “terrorist.”

Don’t do what ISIS wants you to do. Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be, and to be to Muslims. Be smarter than they want you to be. All it takes is for you to imagine the average Muslim to be like you, than to be like ISIS. If you can do that, you make a better world, and a more difficult one for groups like ISIS to exist in.

Idiot Joy Showland, “How to Politicise a Tragedy

Analyses of tragic situations are quickly followed by calls to stop politicizing tragedy — i.e., to stop analyzing at all, and allow people space to grieve. Idiot Joy Showland‘s Sam Kriss rejects that request, explaining why in this cogent piece.

When it’s deployed honestly, the command to not politicise means to not make someone’s death about something else: it’s not about the issue you’ve always cared about; it’s not about you. To do this is one type of politics. But there’s another. Insisting on the humanity of the victims is also a political act, and as tragedy is spun into civilisational conflict or an excuse to victimise those who are already victims, it’s a very necessary one.

Natalia Antonova, “In Paris they ask the right questions

Natalia’s poem was written well before last week’s events but published this week, a fitting tribute to the city of love.

In Paris they ask the right questions:
“Cognac, armagnac, or calvados?”
And, “Why are your eyes so blue?”
“Do you know how to get back home?”
“Is it finally time to kiss you?”

Pascale Guillou, “Restoring Hope and Innocence

Illustrator Pascale, a Frenchwoman living in the Netherlands, reacted with pen and ink. Her lines are simple but heartbreaking, reminding us of something we all want but can’t have — whether we’re in France, Lebanon, or anywhere else.

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Please feel free to share the posts that moved you and made you think in the comments. 

 

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Introducing: Our New, High-Speed Editor

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From parents and poets to journalists and politicians, WordPress.com’s publishing tools allow people to make their voices heard.

We have heard your excellent feedback on our interim editor and today, we’re excited to introduce our new editor: a faster, cleaner, and more streamlined way to create posts and pages, and share, promote, and manage content across all your WordPress sites.

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Highlights: instant saving, quick sharing

  • It’s fast, responsive, and allows you to create posts and pages quickly on desktop and mobile devices.
  • Easily manage your posts, whether you run an individual blog or wrangle multiple sites, authors, and posts.
  • Access draft posts with one click so that you can iterate and revise quickly when inspiration strikes.
  • Content is automatically saved, allowing you to focus and write — free of distraction.
  • Drag and drop photos, music files, documents, and videos right into your post or page.
  • Tags, categories, and sharing tools are at your fingertips, so you can make your content easier to find in the WordPress.com Reader and across your social networks.
  • Scheduling is a breeze with the revamped post calendar.
  • It’s available for self-hosted WordPress.org sites, too! Just install the Jetpack plugin and activate Manage.

A big thank you

We love that you’re passionate about WordPress.com, and most importantly, that you share that passion with us. If you’ve got feedback about the latest editor updates, we’d be grateful if you’d take a moment to share it with us in our support forum.

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New Theme: Dyad

This Theme Thursday, we’re introducing a new free theme: Dyad.

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Dyad pairs text and images in a balanced, dynamic layout, making it perfect for blogs where words and photographs need equal weight. Featured Images are displayed in different sizes and dimensions, depending on screen size and device.

Dyad is a fork of Receptar, a theme by WebMan Design.

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Check out Dyad in the Theme Showcase!

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Five Posts that Made Us Think

What makes a great blog post? We all have our pet criteria: sharp prose. Enlightening content. Stunning photos. (“Lots of GIFs?” Sure, why not?) Beyond its style or tone, a standout post invites us to take a peek into another person’s home or field of expertise, and offers a glimpse of that individual’s mind at work.

The five recent posts featured here touched a nerve with readers, and have the buzzing comment sections and social media shares to show for it. Read them and you’ll see why: smart, well written, and engaging, you might feel the urge to jump into the conversation yourself.

Does Sean Bean Always Die at the End?

If you’ve been on the internet in the past five years and/or are a Game of Thrones fan (that’s roughly 103% of those reading this right now), you likely know that actor Sean Bean’s characters always die violent, gruesome deaths.

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Chart by Dave Steele.

But do they? Science writer and comedian Dave Steele took this piece of conventional wisdom, soaked it in a rich marinade of stats, pie charts, and humor, and ended up with an insightful reflection on the way our perception works, especially when it comes to popular culture.

In Which I Learn Why There Are No Great Women Composers

Back in September, British magazine The Spectator published a polemical article about the supposed dearth of great women composers. Musician-blogger Emily E. Hogstead would have none of it.

Luckily the “goodness” of music is a totally scientific and quantifiable thing that allows no room for personal preference, bias, or interpretation.

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She responded with a sharp, witty, point-by-point takedown of the original article’s claims, while also educating her readers about — surprise! — some great women composers (and their struggles to be recognized).

Why I’ve Stopped Doing Interviews for Yale

It’s college application season in North America, when millions of high school students polish their essays, list (and/or embellish) their extracurricular activities, and anxiously await an invitation to an interview with alumni/ae of their top choices.

Illustration by Ben Orlin.

Illustration by Ben Orlin.

Teacher and math lover Ben Orlin won’t be among them, having decided no longer to conduct interviews for his alma mater, Yale. Orlin bemoans the randomness and excessive emotional toll of the admissions process, and uses his trademark stick figures to make an important point about the American fixation on getting into the right school.

Being Fiction, Instead of Writing It

Michelle, blogging at The Green Study, charts the arc of her writing life, giving us an honest and uncompromising account of her achievements — as well as her struggles and failures.

I’m putting a spin on my forties, when I decided I’d become a martial artist, super mom, Japanese ink painter, personal trainer, officer of the law, marathoner, web genius, everywhere volunteer and organic vegan superfreak. It was all research for writing. It sounds so much better than a midlife panic.

It’s time to ante up or fold. I’ve run off in a thousand different directions and always, always, I come back to writing. And the only opposition to me seriously pursuing it, is me.

Michelle, The Green Study

This post perfectly channels the angst and self-flagellation that often follows writers in their careers regardless of their success. But it ends with a renewed commitment to the act of writing, however frustrating and humbling it might be.

Seeing the Sorrow Anew: Recapturing the Reality of Suffering Through Srebrenica

Matt LaRoche, writing at the The Gettysburg Compiler, a student-led history blog, asks an ever-important question: how can we preserve the lessons learned through the horrors of past wars once the last survivors pass away?

The hundreds of thousands of unknowns of the Civil War were just as raw to the loved ones they left behind as the one thousand-plus unknowns of Srebrenica are to this day.

Matt LaRoche, The Gettysburg Compiler

He goes on to argue that it’s through listening to those who had to endure more recent atrocities — like victims of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the 1990s — that we can capture some of the lived experience of war, in the hope that we avoid perpetuating it.

Thirsty for more great reading? Try Freshly Pressed, our daily selection of editors’ picks, or visit Longreads for the best longform stories from around the web.

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Register Now for WordCamp US in Philadelphia!

We’re less than a month away from the inaugural WordCamp US, the largest WordPress conference in the world. Join us in Philadelphia for two days of informative sessions and stimulating conversations with everyone from blogging newbies to the most experienced WordPress developers in the world. WCUS will be on December 4–5 (with Contributor Day on the 6th), in Center City at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

In previous years, WordCamp San Francisco has acted as the official annual WordPress conference, where WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg gives the “State of the Word,” sharing the latest WordPress developments, answering questions from the audience, and offering his thoughts on what’s next for WordPress — and the future of the web. This year’s “State of the Word” will happen at WCUS!

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Matt Mullenweg at WordCamp SF in 2014. Image by Sheri Bigelow.

The event is packed with two tracks of sessions plus lightning talks, including “From Blog to Book: Re-purposing Your WordPress Blog into an eBook,” “Starting/Growing Your WordPress Meetup Community,” and “Publish in 10 Minutes Per Day.” Check out the schedule to find your favorites — there are topics for everyone, from seasoned developers to new bloggers.

WordCamp US 2015We encourage everyone in the community to participate! Tickets are $40, which includes access to both conference days (December 4 and 5) and Contributor Day (December 6), a limited edition t-shirt, lunch each day, and admission to the after-party.

If you can’t make it in person, you can grab a Live Stream ticket for $10, or a Live Stream ticket plus a t-shirt (which will be mailed to you) for $20. We expect this event to sell out, so get your tickets now!

Attending a WordCamp is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the community, learn about new trends, and meet other WordPress users as passionate as you. If you can’t make it to Philadelphia for WCUS, consider upcoming WordCamps in Dayton, Miami, Paris, and other locations in the next few months.

For more information on WordCamps all over the world, check out the WordCamp Central site to find a WordCamp near you. Many cities also have informal monthly or regular meetups that are open to all: browse the entire list of WordPress Meetups. Automatticians, the people behind the scenes at WordPress.com, are often in attendance, and so we’d love to see you!

Register for WordCamp US today!

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Louis Vuitton The Spirit of Travel Cruise 2016 Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton presents its new “spirit of travel” campaign starring Michelle Williams and Alicia Vikander

The “spirit of travel” lands in a new territory. Following a trip to the Caribbean, Louis Vuitton has packed its trunks for Palm Springs, California. This location is a natural follow-up to the 2016 Cruise collection which was staged here last May in an exclusive setting: the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate. This legendary Desert Modern home, a masterpiece designed by architect John Lautner, serves as the backdrop for the campaign’s images.

A quest for freedom and adventure on the other side of the world is what the Louis Vuitton spirit of travel is all about. Here, the actresses of this campaign, Alicia Vikander and Michelle Williams, embody different facets of the Louis Vuitton woman.

Escorting these heroines are the emblematic Twist and Capucines handbags, as well as the City Steamer, a new model created by Nicolas Ghesquière that was unveiled during the Cruise collection in Palm Springs.

The campaign images were shot in the desert in Palm Springs, a spectacular landscape of raw space and escapism captured by photographer Patrick Demarchelier.

The images will be disclosed in November 2015 issues of magazines worldwide and will be accompanied by a Gordon von Steiner video, available online and on the Louis Vuitton Pass app.

Photographer: Patrick Demarchelier
Stylist: Marie-Amélie Sauvé
Hair: Paul Hanlon
Makeup: James Kaliardos

Images via Louis Vuitton


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Louis Vuitton City Guides 2016

Since 1998, Louis Vui on has been sharing its unique take on the world through its City Guides, offering a careful selection of addresses chosen with originality and just a touch of bias. November 2015 sees four completely new cities added to the collection: Bangkok, Chicago, Prague and Rome.

Fully updated, the Paris volume is packed with new addresses, as are London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Beijing, São Paulo, Sydney, Tokyo and Venice. This is year, for the first time, a mobile App will be available (as of November 2015) to complement the collection of City Guides. Easy to use, in one click you’ll be as well- informed as any local!

Special guest contributors, secret addresses, city walks, cultural events: it’s the full City Guide perspective. Fluent, intuitive… Your route to the best possible travel experience. 25 cities available for iPhone and iPad, selected contents free to download, US$9.99 per city from the App Store.

The City Guide Experience: Now on iPhone and iPad

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2016 App

Louis Vuitton on City Guides continues it’s commitment to providing readers with a comprehensive guide to their favorite cities. The App will also offer instant updates. Hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, tea rooms, stores, spas, antique shops, designers, museums, galleries… Headings are the same as in the original books, so the traveller can find the essence of the City Guides in this touchscreen version, with a special place for personal experience, snapshots of city life, detailed descriptions of places to go and a genuinely personalised approach to each city using interactive links and localisation.

A Single Free Application

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Free access to the app kiosk – As a taster before you travel, Louis Vui on offers a free selection of addresses and content for every guide. The Kiosk also provides access to the complete chargeable catalogue covering 25 cities around the world, available in French and English. The App is fully accessible offline.

Explore 25 World Cities with an Intuitive an Personal Approach

THE ADDRESS BOOK – Each guide is on sale for US$9.99 from the App Store and lists almost 500 regularly updated addresses. With a single tap you can call or access the company’s website,
and direct map access makes it easy to find each destination. Users can share practical info by email, text or social networking, to recommend an address to a friend.

MAP AND SEARCH ENGINE – It’s a snap to find any address on these easy-to-read maps, available offline. In location-aware mode, you can see all nearby businesses and points of interest, zoom in and refine your results by topic. With the search engine, you can switch to list mode.

FAVORITES – Create and view your address book of favourites at any time.

SEND A POSTCARD – Send your loved ones a photo from your camera or from the guide’s gallery of pictures. Personalize your postcard and share your travel memories by using the filter in the color of each city.

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A New Accessory for the Elegant Traveller

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To complement the new Louis Vuitton City Guide App,Louis Vuitton has produced a small leather case with the Monogram pattern, designed to protect your iPad and iPhone. Available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new cases come in four extra colors inspired by the city collection: blue for Paris, yellow for Rome, red for Beijing and pink for Tokyo. An essential fashion accessory, not only elegant but also the perfect way to personalize your iPhone when you are travelling.

A New Lacquered Wood Limited Edition Box Set

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For nomads moving from city to city or for the armchair traveller, the Louis Vui on City Guide has produced a special limited edition box set.

The 15 world cities featured this year are collected in a beautiful lacquered wood case in a choice of three bright colours: Bangkok blue, Rome yellow and Prague pink. The clean lines of this box set will delight any traveller with a discerning eye.

Available exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores.

Independent Contributors all Keen Observers
This new collection of guides for the world’s most exciting cities would not have been possible were it not for our excellent team of 50 contributors, supported by unrivalled editors, translators, copy editors, editorial assistants, production experts and many other professionals. Expert wordsmiths and seasoned communicators are behind every guide in the collection.

To capture the heart and spirit of each city, Louis Vuitton reaches out to journalists, writers, major figures in the world of arts and letters, many of whom divide their time between two cities and whose work often appears in the most prestigious newspapers and magazines. Several authors often collaborate on one city, as is the case for Bangkok, Chicago, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Istanbul, Milan and Shanghai. Their contributions, joined with those of artists, businesspeople, creative geniuses of various stripes, all backed by the authority and experience of Louis Vuitton, make each City Guide a publication like no other – original, offbeat and invaluable. Bursting with curiosity, cosmopolitan, irreverent, playful and literary, each guide reflects the personalities of its contributors.

All of them are astute observers of life and wear their vast cultural knowledge with ease and elegance. They have the rare gift of being able to appreciate both the frivolous and the essential, seeking out what is truly magnificent in the many little pleasures each city has to offer.

A Personal View of the City from a Special Guest

Each Louis Vuitton City Guide includes the participation of a special guest contributor, who all speak from personal experience of their home cities. Local celebrities or insiders, they take the reader on a personal exploration of their city, along the way sharing tips on their favorite spots: a first person singular initiation to the city. At various points throughout the guides and at the end of each chapter, these guest contributors open their personal address books and divulge several secret preferred haunts.

For example, Prince M.L. Poomchai Chumbala suggests some of the elegant highlights to discover in Bangkok, while the film director Ivan Zachariáš takes the reader for a stroll around his favorite parts of central Prague. Catherine Colonna, French ambassador to Rome, paints a highly personal picture of the Eternal City and Naomi Beckwith, a curator at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, creates a fascinating portrait of her city. Plus there is the very talented interior designer Faye Toogood in London, the great director Takeshi Kitano in Tokyo, the actor Guillaume Gallienne and his wife Amandine in Paris. Some singular new voices offering an entertaining and unexpected look at the cities they love.

Noted Photographers Capture Views of Each City Exclusively for Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton on City Guides have always placed special emphasis on the finely crafed contributions of their authors, supporting them in their quest to find just the right words and an appropriately elegant style to reveal the soul of each city. Without departing in any way from this philosophy, the City Guides now include photographic contributions to o er their readers an additional perspective, not merely to illustrate the text.

The photography collective Tendance Floue has produced a new series of images for the City Guides and some exclusive photographs for the Louis Vui on City Guide App which are proposed
in the Scenic Route chapter. The collective’s photographers sensitively capture the charms and distinctive allure of destination in original ways.

Founded in 1991, Tendance Floue, a collective of thirteen photographers sees itself as a laboratory, exploring the world and working together to open up new horizons and diversify approaches in contemporary photography. Apart from the personal aspect of their work, Tendance Floue’s members have all taken on the shared goal of contributing to a wider photographic mission. By joining, combining, comparing and contrasting their images, they move their work beyond the limits of individual creation to something entirely new. Tendance Floue looks behind every door, experiments with all techniques and processes used in contemporary photography, without taboos.

Images via Louis Vuitton


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