Visiting the Source | A Rare Look Inside the Atelier of Louis Vuitton
What was it like working with Emma Watson? She has an amazing head on her shoulders and she is very polite and very sweet and she knows what she’s doing. We look up to her, she’s a mother hen to us all. What’s your favorite scene in the movie? Well it’s my favorite scene in the movie, it’s a shot and it’s just looking at a house and it’s just looking at a house the whole time. Now when you see the movie, you’ll know what I’m talking about and I’m pretty sure you’ll feel the same way too. But that was just Harris Savides last shot and it’s a great way to leave him with his legacy. Sofia Coppola Speak about LA as a character. LA is really a character in the movie and I just wanted the audience to feel like they were along for the ride with the kids. What do you admire about Emma Watson. I was just so impressed that she did such a great job to transform herself into this other girl and she just blends in with a group of kids, she doesn’t stand out as Emma Watson.
A collection of 53 issues of Visionaire including Louis Vuitton portfolio is up at Bonhams
They’re seductive fakes. PHOTOS: 5 must-shop flea markets in NYC Until now, the law enforcement focus has been on catching the sellers. But if a proposed bill passes the City Council, customers caught buying counterfeits could be punished with a fine of up to $1,000, or up to a year in prison. The New York City legislation, if passed, would be the first in the United States to criminalize the purchase of counterfeits. Council member Margaret Chin, who introduced the bill, said at a public hearing Thursday that counterfeits deprive the city of at least $1 billion in tax revenue a year that could support community improvements. What’s more, she says, the counterfeit trade has been linked to child labor and the funding of organized crime and terror groups. “For tourists, it’s fun, it’s a bit of adventure,” Chin says. “We have to let people know that if you engage in this activity you are committing a crime.” On the street, day after day, sellers press their hard-sell routines. “Rolex! Chanel!” a man on a street corner whispers someone walking by. “Get this before the police do!” he adds with a grin.
Counterfeit Coach, Louis Vuitton, Prada under fire in NYC
This weekend, Louis Vuitton and other brands in the LVMH family open their private workshops in France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland for the second edition of “ Les Journées Particulières ,” a rare chance for the general public to see how these beautiful wares are made. The Louis Vuitton atelier will receive a thousand guests, who will visit the facilities and see the process firsthand. For everyone else, a virtual tour: On the workshop’s ground floor, artisans select and prime materials. Here, carpenters create the skeletons of those legendary LV trunks with supple wood sourced from France and Africa, the combination of which helps the luggage withstand variable weather conditions. Nearby, the less exotic leathers are stored — lamb and goat for linings, veal and cowhide for exteriors — all at a constant temperature (between 16 and 19 degrees Celsius). The house’s signature material is flesh-colored natural cowhide leather, the basis for all monogram bags. The more exotic leathers — stingray so thick you can’t stitch into it, python skins as long as eight meters — require specific expertise. Each exotic skin is colored and given a matte or glazed finish, then cut with pressurized machines, except for special orders, which are always cut by hand. Upstairs, craftsmen assemble and perfect the pieces. Glimpsing an unfinished handbag lining is like catching someone in her underwear: it appears denuded, vulnerable. Nearby, the wooden frames for the trunks are covered with canvas and leather.
Speaking to Premier Hospitality, Nicholas said: “Each Louis Vuitton boutique is a new challenge, it’s really about trying to find a way the brand can evolve. For me this project in London was very open and creative, it was really interesting and I was allowed to come up with a new concept- which has resulted in this new very unique boutique.” Louis Vuitton will invite clients on a unique journey of surprise and discovery, a real dialogue between modernity and tradition inside the largest European department store-based destination. Upon entering the Louis Vuitton store on the ground floor, clients are captured by a symbolic spiral structure which rises through the historical building. Wrapped in a warm atmosphere of layered fabric walls, the ground floor will showcase the new collections of leather goods, accessories and travel items, with a dedicated and interactive digital platform of personalisation- a worldwide first for Louis Vuitton. Crafted glass art pieces become a striking background for the Louis Vuitton leather collections including city bags, luggage and hard-sided pieces as well as the Maison’s iconic special orders and Mon Monogram. Further into the store, a state-of-the-art circular elevator revealed, effortlessly connecting the upper floors. The short journey inside the elevator reveals a head-turning surprise as the glass structure gently spins inside a glass tube, following the movement of the spiral construction. Every journey for Louis Vuitton, regardless of how short, is inspirational. Composed of amber brown patterns and evoking memories of sunset lights, the first floor presents for the first time the full Men’s ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories collections from the Maison’s in-house men’s designer, Kim Jones, and is contrasted by strong patinated glass elements.
James Turrell installation opens at Louis Vuitton in Las Vegas
Today we have an exclusive collectible for all those who want add on to their esteem collections. Care to own a multi-format album of fashion and art, published in exclusive, numbered limited editions? The latest to hit the auction is a fine run of Visionaire, the innovative contemporary fashion and design periodical founded in 1991. However the USP of this edition that will lure natives from fashion world is that number 18, Fashion Special, comes in a monogrammed Louis Vuitton portfolio (all 2,500 copies of this issue were sold in less than three weeks). This collection of 53 issues of Visionaire, for sale as one lot, will go under Bonhams’ hammer on 19th June at London. Estimated to fetch $24,000 – $31,000, this edition boasts of contributions from renowned artists, photographers, designers and collaborators like Mario Testino, Bruce Weber, Helmut Lang, Richard Avedon, Sam Taylor Wood, Mario Serrenti, David Bowie, Tracey Emin, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfield, Gucci, Versace, Hermes, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Prada. The collection for sale comprises numbers 6-13, 16-46 and 48-61 and few of the highlights are – Number 19, Beauty, in a mirrored mylar case complete with lipstick, mascara and lip gloss. Number 20, Comme des Garcons, produced in collaboration with Alexander McQueen and with a dress pattern printed on muslin. Number 22, Chic, with an actual piece of the Versace dress Madonna wore to the Evita premiere.
Louis Vuitton: ‘a very unique boutique’
The star producer and mega-hyphenate talks about how he keeps his ego in check in “the relentless pursuit of action.” By: Tyler Gray If you didn’t know who Pharrell Williams was before this past April, you almost certainly do now. That’s because Williams is the vaguely Michael Jackson-sounding singer in a Hedi Slimane-designed sparkly suit in the video for ” Get Lucky .” The chart-topping song from Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories sold more than 2.5 million copies just one week after the album came out, and has nearly 60 million Vevo plays . The song and Pharrell are almost literally everywhere. But don’t mistake him for a front man. Williams, 40, is a behind-the-scenes creative and design force for fashion labels–Louis Vuitton and his own Ice Cream Clothing and Billionaire Boys Club . He’s helping pioneer a new sustainable clothing material and manufacturing process called Bionic Yarn . He created sonic branding platform UJAM and accompanying app VJAM with composer Hans Zimmer . He’s won four Grammys, created the original score for Despicable Me, and worked as a producer on too many music projects to list. When he lends his name to a promotion for, say, HTC , it’s because he actually wants to share big ideas with the company, not just rock the launch party.
From Louis Vuitton To Daft Punk, How Pharrell Williams Is The Ultimate Collaborator
(Florian Holzherr) By Adam Tschorn June 10, 2013, 2:21 p.m. LAS VEGAS — A Louis Vuitton-commissioned James Turrell installation, which recently opened at the French luxury brand’s City Center store here, is not only one of the most intimate and unexpected ways to experience the artist’s oeuvre, it may just be the best antidote we’ve found yet to counteract the swirling, light-caused disconnectedness of Sin City chaos. Titled “Akhob,” (a word from Egypt’s Amarna period that means “pure water,” according to a guide), the permanent installation, which opened on the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton boutique last month, is the largest of Turrell’s “ganzfeld” (light field) installations to date. It consists of two chambers, each with a circular opening, and a pattern of slowly changing light, which repeats every 24 minutes. Viewers are suffused in a shifting palette of vibrant pinks, electric blues and a peculiar shade of orange that makes the circular orb space at the room’s center look like the surface of the sun itself. At times the edges of the two chambers are clearly visible, at other times they bleed into a disorientingly uniform field of color. Although I’m certainly no art critic, and my knowledge of Turrell’s oeuvre prior to “Akhob” consisted of a partial walk-through of his current LACMA retrospective (though in fairness that included being slid, MRI-like, into a metal sphere called “Light Reignfall” where, for about 12 minutes psychedelic kaleidoscope images swirled, eddied and broke like waves over my optical nerves), I can say from personal experience that after a day and a half in Las Vegas, I’ve yet to find a better course correcter than a half-hour stint bathed in the glow of “Akhob.” Pure water indeed. “Akhob” is the latest of three projects commissioned by Louis Vuitton , including a modular, light-based sculpture called “First Blush, Oct. 2005” that was created for Vuitton’s Champs-Elysées flagship store, and a series of 2006 photographs juxtaposing one of the brand’s iconic wardrobe trunks against the Arizona desert landscape of Turrell’s ongoing Roden Crater project. Open since May 2, viewing of the installation is free and open to the public, but limited to four people at a time (private parties can have up to six), so reservations must be scheduled in advance.
Oh là là … Louis Vuitton comes to Warsaw!
PR dla Zagranicy The exclusive Louis Vuitton brand has come to Poland as the luxury market expands. Shop window in Warsaw with Wojciech Pus art work: photo – LV press kit Renowned Polish pianist and politician Ignacy Jan Paderewski shopped at the exclusive Paris salon at the beginning of the 20th century, as did classical music conductor Leopold Stokowski. Princely families such as the Lubomirski and the Czartoryskis as well as the noble Potocki family were also faithful clients of the brand. As of today, if you are in downtown Warsaw, then you too can shop for the prestigious French brand Louis Vuitton, which has opened its first shop in Poland at the Vitkac shopping mall in Warsaw. As Danuta Isler reports, Varsovians seem to be divided in their opinions on the arrival of Louis Vuitton in Poland. For the company however, the decision was simple as the numbers they had analysed spoke for themselves. Poles spend over zł.3.5 billion, or $1.05 billion, on high-end products each year. “The market is ready and the time is right,” says Roberto Eggs, President of Louis Vuitton for Northern Europe. To celebrate the opening Louis Vuitton has commissioned a young Polish artist, Wojciech Pus, to conceive a unique art project in its shop windows. The installation entitled “Paparazzi” will be displayed at the Louis Vuitton store in Warsaw for ten weeks, beginning 14 June, and will then be donated to the Museum of Modern Art in the city.