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On a personal note…Birthday & Blogiversary Reflection

As we enter into the last month of 2017, I find myself reflecting on the year as a whole. And more recently, the changes in my lifestyle that have me feeling like a new woman. After eliminating meat and minimizing dairy and processed foods from my diet, I shaved off 15 pounds. Talk about an instant confidence booster! With the help of Pinterest and my sister-in-law, transitioning to vegan has actually been fun and a time of self discovery.

I stopped watching TV (aka the idiot box). That was a super drastic decision (typical Scorpio) but it seemed so necessary. I had my lineup of shows – a mix of VH1 and Bravo, along with OWN and several others. Honey, I was constantly on an emotional roller coaster! Crying over Grey’s (Anatomy) and This Is Us, then mad and stressed out over another show. It was draining me. The message was clear – cut out TV and focus more on me. Ding! Ding! Ding!

Why didn’t I think of this sooner?! I feel amazing, like my head is much clearer, anxiety is down, and I’m in sync with my intuition. I love where I am right now. Managing work and family has become more effortless. We’re in a groove and elevating our vibrations individually and together. I can finally get back to doing what I love. I’m ending 2017 strong and looking forward to vibing more on Handbag Report in the new year.

Cheers! xoxo




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New Louis Vuitton Monogram Pallas Color: Black

The Pallas is so much more than a chic bag. It’s an alluring fusion of Monogram canvas, natural cowhide leather trims and colored calf leather, giving it a distinctive look and a very supple feel.

The Pallas was first released in a variety of subtle colors like Aurore, Quetsche, Havane, Safron. And for January 2014, Louis Vuitton adds a new color to the Pallas, a classic & elegant Black with dark treated leather handles.

What do you think of this new color?

Learn more about the Pallas in this post: Louis Vuitton Monogram Pallas.

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Louis Vuitton W Pochette

Inspired by the graphic lines of the W bag, the fashionable W Pochette takes some cues from its tote version like the tight lines, three-part W outline, and the blending of Louis Vuitton’s signature and precious materials like the iconic Monogram canvas, Veau Cachemire and Cuir Orfèvre leathers.

With its leather loop handle, W Pochette can be used as a pouch to carry everyday essentials in style, or as a bag-in-bag inside the W or other larger tote. Inside, the pochette is lined with calf leather lining and features six credit card slots and a flat pocket.

W Pochette currently comes in 2 versions: first is a combination of Monogram canvas and Veau Cachemire in a classic, rich Chocolate color, second is the Gris Neon – a combination of two precious leathers Cuir Orfèvre and Veau Cachemire in a subtle color palette illuminated by contrast edge-dying. The pochette measures 10.6″ x 7.1″, available at Louis Vuitton stores for US$1000and US$1110 for the Monogram/Veau Cachemire and Cuir Orfèvre/Veau Cachemire versions respectively.

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Louis Vuitton Pochette Pallas

Taking design cues from its handbag counterpart, the Pochette Pallas – inspired by Greek mythology – combines the emblematic Monogram canvas with supple colored calf leather creating a feminine design with rich functionalities.

Pochette Pallas is the most fashionable way to carry an iPad mini, and it slots easily into most of Louis Vuitton’s shoulder and handbags. The pochette features a leather hand carry loop, shiny golden brass metallic hardware, calf leather lining, 6 credit card slots, and a flat contrasting pocket outside.

Pochette Pallas measures 9.4″ x 6.7″ and comes in two subtle colors: Aurore and Black. Available exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores for US$810.

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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Men’s Ad Campaign

In the same mood as a collection inspired by the Americana, the men’s spring/summer 2014 campaign by Louis Vuitton takes the Maison’s iconic “gentleman traveller” on a journey to the open spaces of the American South West. This traveller is represented by Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, who lends his powerful eyes and contemporary masculinity to the image of the Louis Vuitton man.

With a bag on his back, he contemplates a horizon with a landscape reminiscent of an America where the past, present and future combine; a man on the move, whose charisma fills the vastness of the space. The campaign was shot in Page, Arizona, on the banks of the Glen Canyon dam, which features some spectacular scenery combining wild nature and escapism, and captured through the lens of the photographer Mikael Jansson.

Matthias Schoenaerts carries the Sirius and Cabas East-West bags from the Spring/Summer 2014 collection designed by Kim Jones, who took inspiration for the look from the myths and codes of the America of yesteryear for a vision packed with authenticity, combined with the know-how of the Louis Vuitton workshops.

Making his first public appearance in the impressive Bullhead (2011), Matthias Schoenaerts studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp before beginning a successful career in his native country. He was selected by Jacques Audiard to partner Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone (2012), winning the César award for most promising male actor in 2013. His magnetic presence can now be seen in the international arena, in 2014 he is set to feature in Suite Française a film directed by Saul Dibb, in which he will appear alongside American actress Michelle Williams and in Far From The Madding Crowd directed by Thomas Vinterberg with Carey Mulligan.

The new Louis Vuitton advertising campaign featuring Matthias Schoenaerts will be revealed in February issues of magazines throughout the world.

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Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 Men’s Bag Names and Prices

For Spring/Summer 2014, the Louis Vuitton traveler moves from the East to the West Coast of the United States. Let loose with the mythology of the American road trip in its many incarnations, yet never neglecting the practical and luxurious actuality of such an endeavor, the Spring/Summer 2014 collection embraces the narratives that make up a golden, global view of America.

“The collection is really about the freedom of the road and that freedom itself being luxurious” says Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio and Style Director. “The clothing should have that do-what-you-want attitude. It’s a road trip drawing on elements of classic American culture from clothes, music to souvenirs. It’s the changing environment from city to forest to desert; that journey in a day from snow covered mountains to cacti in the desert that you can only really seem to have in America. Like the radio you listen to as you travel through the states.”

Embracing the iconography of classic American sportswear, utilitarian and formalwear – yet each given the inimitable, hyper-luxurious Vuitton view – the collection encompasses a notion of chic eclecticism. Building from a contemporary take on sixties varsity preppy, taking in the free-ranging spirit of the outdoorsman, nodding to the counter-culture credo and finally culminating in the sophisticated formality of the prom.

The bags in turn feature a distinctly on-the-road feel this season. A soft, roomy, luggage construction predominates, hybridized between the suitcase and the rucksack. A perforated take on the classic Damier pattern appears mainly in caramel Nomade leather – a colour theme that is also transposed to key items of leather outerwear in the collection.

Nomade Damier Oversize

Inspired by the Damier pattern, the great originality of the Nomade Damier Oversize line is found in the see-through effect created by the large, rice-grain perforations embellishing the leather. These holes, reflect the blend of savoir-faire and innovation so treasured at Louis Vuitton. With its inner leather pocket and suede lining, the Cabas North-South and Cabas East-West will surely delight connoisseurs seeking both exceptional materials and great functionality.

Nomade Damier Oversize Cabas North-South
 13.4″ x 16.9″ x 5.1″
Color: Cognac
Price: US$5100

Nomade Damier Oversize Cabas East-West
 16.1″ x 16.1″ x 7.9″
Color: Cognac
Price: US$5650

Nomade Grand Damier

For the Spring/Summer 2014 show, the Damier is reworked in a new version traced in micro-perforations, created hole by hole: the Nomade Grand Damier.

Nomade Grand Damier Keepall 45 Bandoulière
 17.7″ x 10.6″ x 7.9″
Color: Cognac, Taupe
Price: US$5650

The classic shape of the Keepall 45 Bandoulière is even more distinctive in Nomade Grand Damier, and thanks to this soft body-friendly leather it gives to travellers a very trendy silhouette.

Keepall 45 features an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, zipped closure with padlock, 1 interior zipped pocket, double interior flat pockets, leather luggage tag, palladium finished metallic hardware, scratch-resistant and washable polyamide and acrylic textile lining.

Nomade Grand Damier Néo Greenwich
 18.1″ x 16.5″ x 9.1″
Color: Taupe
Price: US$7450

The Néo Greenwich’s iconic shape is even more adaptable thanks to the suppleness of the Nomade leather, and its square design makes it the perfect option for carrying folded items.

Nomade Grand Damier Sirius-à-Dos
 22″ x 14.2″ x 7.1″
Color: Gris
Price: US$12,700

The Sirius suitcase is re-engineered to be hand-carried, shoulder-carried, and backpack carried for a very functional and extremely versatile use.

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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Menswear Show Teaser

Indulge in Louis Vuitton’s brand new Blue Universe for men to be revealed during the upcoming Fashion Show, available for purchase online, for the first time in avant-première.

The final countdown to the Fall-Winter 2014-2015 Men’s fashion show has begun with this rather secretive teaser. For this season’s show, on January 16th, Louis Vuitton will also launch a new collection conceived as a whole blue universe for the modern dandies. On this occasion, and for the first time, a specific selection of leather goods products will be available online for purchase in avant-première.

Be inspired by this upcoming global blue collection made to appeal to the discrete and sophisticated man.

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Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2014 Collection

WWD, January 8, 2014 – Pre-fall was the lone collection caught in Louis Vuitton’s limbo between artistic visions as the house transitions from Marc Jacobs to Nicolas Ghesquière. Thus, the design team’s lineup tread lightly — yet luxuriously — in terms of direction, offering “timeless classics with a utilitarian vibe,” according to the press notes.

Shown were new takes on tweed suits with bomber jackets — one was short and neat in green, another was loose and cocoonlike with studded jewel trim — and LV graffiti done in sequined letters on knits and dresses and printed on over-the-knee boots. Rich colors like burgundy and deep green dovetailed with the mood of the season.

On another note, Vuitton is investing in its Icons collection, building out the more casual accompaniment to its main collection with the late architect Charlotte Perriand as muse. There was a defined outdoorsy attitude to the clothes, many of which were reversible or convertible — such as pants that zipped off into Bermuda shorts and a sweater with zip-off sleeves. Camouflage knitwear and rugged mountain boots infused the look with a cozy, youthful edge, while deluxe outerwear, like a cream shearling cape and green leather trench, played to the traditional Vuitton luxury.

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Louis Vuitton Damier Cobalt Collection

The Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Menswear show marks the beginning of a new era for the emblematic Damier signature. Since 1889, when it was first released during the Universal Exhibition of Paris which also seen the unveiling of the Eiffel Tower, the Damier canvas, created in 1888 by Louis Vuitton and his son Georges, has been an icon of the House.

In 2014, the Damier reinvents itself once again as a contemporary icon and becomes Cobalt. A deep, timeless and modern blue, becoming the discreet signature of a sophisticated and charismatic man. A dark blue, sign of a new understated luxury.

For his Fall/Winter 2014 Menswear show, Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton Men’s Style Director, created two exclusive models. In Damier Cobalt canvas, Louis Vuitton’s iconic Keepall 45 travel bag proposed in a twisted version: the backpack carry adds to this timeless and elegant shape a very trendy touch. The Atoll, versatile travel clutch, is also exclusively revisited for this show. These models will both be available exclusively online starting the 16th of January, and in store starting the 31st .

It is the beginning of new array of Damier Cobalt products built around three universes: city, travel and small leather goods. The Damier Cobalt becomes the new essential line of men’s wardrobe.

Small Leather Goods

Damier Cobalt Card Holder
 2.8″ x 3.9″
Price: US$335

This card holder in Damier Cobalt canvas combines style with practicality. Ultra-slim, compact and lightweight, it slips easily into a pocket, while the elegant palladium-finish clip on the back holds up to 15 folded bills.

Damier Cobalt Pocket Organizer
 3.1″ x 4.3″
Price: US$335

In elegant Damier Cobalt canvas, with a very supple leather lining, the Pocket Organizer combines style and practicality, offering multiple pockets and space for credit cards and bills within a compact, lightweight design.

Damier Cobalt Multiple Wallet
 4.7″ x 3.5″
Price: US$505

In elegant Damier Cobalt canvas, with a very supple leather lining, the Multiple wallet lives up to its name, offering numerous slots for cards, receipts and banknotes. Its compact shape fits easily into pockets.

Damier Cobalt Marco Wallet
 3.9″ x 3.9″
Price: US$595

In elegant Damier Cobalt canvas, with a very supple leather lining, the Marco Wallet comvines a streamlined, compact design with many practical features, including a coin pocket.

Damier Cobalt Brazza Wallet
 3.9″ x 7.5″
Price: US$620

In elegant Damier Cobalt canvas, with a very supple leather lining, the Brazza wallet combines an elegant, streamlined design with a vast array of practical features, including multiple credit card slots and a zippered coin compartment.

Damier Cobalt Atoll
 10.6″ x 5.5″ x 0.8″
Price: US$1170

In elegant Damier Cobalt canvas, the Atoll is a versatile wallet. It is the perfect companion for travel with numerous pockets and compartments for your passport, tickets, bills or credit cards. It can also be carried as a clutch for a sophisticated look.

City Bags

Damier Cobalt Porte-Documents Business
 15.7″ x 11″ x 3.1″
Price: US$2230

In Damier Cobalt canvas, the Porte-Documents Business combines style and functionality. Its sleek exterior with refined leather trim and palladium-finish hardware conceals a spacious interior designed to keep A4 documents, an iPad or a laptop and other belongings well organized. In addition, an outside zipped pocket offers quick access to essentials, such as travel tickets, documents, and keys.

Damier Cobalt Greenwich Messenger
 16.5″ x 12.2″ x 3.5″
Price: US$1930

Inspired by the iconic Neo Greenwich travel bag, the Greenwich Messenger in Damier Cobalt canvas combines style and fuctionality. Its leather trim and palladium-finish hardware exude subtle elegance. Ideal for business use, with a well-organized interior, it can be shoulder or cross-shoulder carried.

Damier Cobalt Greenwich Tote
 14.6″ x 15.4″ x 3.5″
Price: US$2230

Inspired by the iconic Neo Greenwich travel bag, the Greenwich Tote in Damier Cobalt canvas combines style and fuctionality. Large enough for business use, with a well-organized interior, it can be shoulder-carried or hand-carried, while its leather trim and palladium-finish hardware exude subtle elegance.


Damier Cobalt Keepall 45 Bandoulière
 17.7″ x 10.6″ x 7.9″
Price: US$1620

In Damier Cobalt canvas, Louis Vuitton’s iconic Keepall 45 travel bag is both timelessly elegant and distinctively modern. The historic design dating back to the 1930s, remains as sleek and functional as ever. Spacious, lightweight, versatile, the Keepall epitomizes the art of travel.

Damier Cobalt Keepall 55 Bandoulière
 21.7″ x 12.2″ x 9.4″
Price: US$1670

In Damier Cobalt canvas, Louis Vuitton’s iconic Keepall 45 travel bag is both timelessly elegant and distinctively modern. The historic design dating back to the 1930s, remains as sleek and functional as ever. Spacious, lightweight, versatile, the Keepall epitomizes the art of travel.

Damier Cobalt Néo Greenwich PM
 17.3″ x 12.6″ x 8.3″
Price: US$2600

In Damier Cobalt canvas, Louis Vuitton’s iconic Neo Greenwich travel bag is proposed in a more compact version combining style and functionality. A spacious, well-designed interior, an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, and comfortable rounded leather handles make this luggage the perfect travel companion.

Damier Cobalt Keepall-à-Dos 45
 17.7″ x 10.6″ x 7.9″
Price: US$2450

In Damier Cobalt canvas, Louis Vuitton’s iconic Keepall 45 travel bag is reengineered. To this timelessly elegant shape, the backpack twist adds a very trendy touch. Spacious, lightweight, versatile, the Keepall epitomizes the art of travel.

Damier Cobalt Zéphyr 55
 14.6″ x 21.7″ x 9.4″
Price: US$3350

Elegantly renewing Louis Vuitton’s legendary art of travel, the Zéphyr 55 trolley case in Damier Cobalt canvas combines traditional leather goods craftsmanship with innovative, modern design. Lightweight, robust and ultra-mobile, it glides along smoothly on its four multi-directional wheels, while its ingenously arranged interior boasts many practical features.

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Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2014 Menswear Collection

The Louis Vuitton traveller this season takes a digital look, from above, at the wonders of the plains of South America.

“Our collections have always been about travel,” says Kim Jones for Louis Vuitton, “but the idea this time was technical travel, digital travel, the implications of the fact that we can now see the world through a screen. We looked at NASA maps of the world from space, and at aerial photographs of Machu Picchu, Cusco, the Atacama Desert, and the Nazca Lines in Peru. Then, we went into those areas and found the finest local materials. The idea this season is combine these refined fabrications with the notion of digital, new age travel, of never being in one place. As is the tradition of Louis Vuitton, there’s a focus on craftsmanship, but technology was important; I didn’t want to make something rustic or nostalgic. It had to feel technical and modern.”

While this collection plays on the digital, nothing has been copied and pasted. Instead, Jones and his team have used their research as a basis to develop new ideas, using their unique combination of cutting-edge innovation and traditional craftsmanship. Jones has collected digital images, which he uses as a counterpoint to his collection, providing a technical contrast with his luxurious products that have been painstakingly made by experts and by hand. Advanced performance details are combined with the most sophisticated natural fabrics. Traditional materials are transformed into new colours and textures, with the introduction of Damier Cobalt, and artisanal re-working of house leathers. Animal geoglyph motifs from the Nazca Lines, are woven into knitwear using extreme-vicuña, a rare wool made from only the finest hairs of the vicuña camelid. Even the surface of the catwalk resembling an aerial photograph of the Atacama desertscape, has been painstakingly painted by hand. That same aerial photography has inspired an earthy colour palette transposed throughout the collection – daywear and tailoring, outdoor wear, evening and loungewear – featuring flashes of cashmere, vicuña, chinchilla, alpacca, python, silk, and new incarnations of the house’s trademark leathers.

Discover the Damier Cobalt collection.

This season, tailoring has been approached completely anew. Suiting has been reconfigured to be lighter and slimmer, and a new combination of wool and mohair – crease-resistant, optimal for travelling – has been introduced. Shoulders have been rebuilt around hand stitching and light canvas, and throughout the collection lapels are peaked in a nod to the suits worn by Hiram Bingham III, the adventurer and treasure hunter believed to have discovered Machu Picchu. Coats are made from the double-faced cashmere of the blankets that Jones introduced to Vuitton in his first season, and some have subtle hints of Peruvian detailing, such as needle-punched horizontal stripes. Silhouettes are graphic and clean, falling from a strong, round shoulder, appearing almost two dimensional, as if viewed on a screen.

A further graphic element comes in the form of Kim Jones’ new inky-blue version of the house’s classic Damier motif; Damier Cobalt. “I always think of midnight blue as being very Parisian,” Jones says. “I wanted to redevelop the Damier in some way, and for me this was the most logical. It fits with my passion for colour, but it’s also discrete enough to be appropriate for business.” The new Damier Cobalt appears on a special version of the classic Keepall bag, as well as on totes, messengers and folios. All of the bags have been modernised with tonal versions of the masculine Vuitton trunk handle, combining metal and leatherwork. Many of the bags feature Jones’ signature nylon webbing straps; a trolley bag, a duffle with optional backpack straps, as well as backpack-hybrid Keepall, and a new east-west tote with compartments perfectly designed for convenience at airport security. Many of the bags can be folded down this season, showcasing the new leathers of the season: a nubuck featuring a grain inspired by Epi, a silver mirrored calf debossed with the Damier check, and rubberized leather trimming the technical damier bags. An ultra-soft crocodile is used to make folded volumes, a new tablet pochette, and a metal trimmed version of the classic Atoll travel wallet. What appear to be solid miniature folios are actually folding travel games, cast in metal and veneered in Macassar ebony. The game motif also shows up in the shape of geometric cube formations of crystal and metal that hang from pendants and bags, reintroductions of Pateki, a puzzle invented by Gaston-Louis Vuitton in the 1920s.

The combination of technical, practical, modern detail with traditional fine leather is echoed in the shoes, which this season have been edited down to just three styles: a Derby city shoe available in glazed calfskin, velvety grained-nubuck or crocodile; a city ankle boot-hybrid in glazed calf with a padded nappa ankle, rubber inserts on the toe and microfibre sole inserts for lightness.

The spirit of luxury adventure carries into the collection’s outdoor wear and knitwear. Opulent homage is paid to quintessential outdoor: a reversible zip-up sweater is constructed from panels of shearling, chinchilla-lined silk is detailed with heat-sealed zippers and seams, a wind breaker is made in python skin and finished with a calf-leather hood, and hand-knitted strips of cashmere are used as fur. A robe is made from double-faced vicuña, classic pants are finished with technical cuffs and reversible coats and blousons are made from cashmere and silk. A development of the Peruvian stripe motif appears on scarves and blankets, while the Damier check is used to create a woven tonal detail and appliquéd onto knitwear as a pattern formed by Aztec-style snakes made of sliced stone. Wool from the huarizo, an alpaca-llama crossbreed, is used to create heavy looking pieces that are light to wear.

As the collection moves into evening, it again calls on a big, bold silhouette, in the form of a double-faced-cashmere double-breasted coat, worn over a double-breasted evening suit. A lounge feel is introduced by a blouson in extreme-vicuña, with knitted rib details, which, along with the other vicuña and crocodile pieces from this collection will be exclusively available as part of Louis Vuitton men’s Made-to-Order service. Evening suits in dégradé silk are worn over micro-checked and striped shirts, while lounge pants, T-shirts and sweatshirts are detailed with an artisan crochet stitch: even these most relaxed pieces are finished to impeccable standards of craftsmanship. Scarves are made from silk twill with subtle chevrons and stripes, and a take on a South American herringbone.

Every look in the collection comes with sunglasses in a different colourway. All of them have adjustable arms and are designed to be truly practical for the modern explorer. The jewellery in the collection belies Jones’ interest in geology. It’s all made of gems and stones: smoky quartz, rough amethyst, ionite, and jasper, the veins of which echo the view of the earth from above. They’ve been cut into solid rings which are then lined with metal and worn on scarves round the neck, while larger shards have been fused together like rock formations for pendants and key-chains. Bracelets are made of chain links cut using the same technique as that employed for the rings: natural crystals used in a way that, like the rest of the collection, is strikingly elegant but uniquely masculine.

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