Hermès vs Louis Vuitton: Brand wars turn ugly

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We’ve long thought Louis Vuitton’s epic Going Here handbags are museum quality, but now their flagship store will be, too. Starting tomorrow at Louis Vuitton’s Fifth Avenue Maison, models of dinosaur fossils will appear in the windows, propping up and interacting with classic Vuitton bags including the Speedy, the Sofia Coppola (created in partnership with the filmmaker), and the Alma. Mannequins dressed in Vuitton’s Pre-Fall 2013 collection will “ride” the dinosaurs, too (but with considerably less carnage and more status accessories than Laura Dern in Jurassic Park). The project was inspired by a visit to the French Natural History Museum in Paris’s Les Jardins des Plantes. As these exclusive behind-the-scenes images from the Vuitton studio prove, when history repeats itself, it sometimes gets much more chic.

With Fall comes a whole host of fashions and accessories. Louis Vuitton teamed up with sibling fashion duo Jake and Dinos Chapman a.k.a. the Chapman Brothers to go in on the Fall/Winter Accessories collection. Known for their eye-catching and provocative designs, The Chapman Brothers brought a new element to the Louis Vuitton brand. The bags and scarves are adorned with a heavily embroidered and colorful pattern, compliments of the Chapmans. The edgy patterns have navy blue and red bases, with owls, vines, flowers, sharp-teethed koalas, and even an eye ball as part of the design. This limited edition collection will be dropping soon at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. Check Louis Vuitton Sneakers the gallery after the jump to some of the pieces and the design.

Chapman Brothers x Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter 2013 Men’s Accessories Collection

(POTUS scored an Hermes golf bag, a Louis Vuitton briefcase and a Lacoste shirt from President Sarkozy in 2011 alone.) But the rest of the world’s leaders got in on the fun at this week’s G8 Summit : Women’s Wear Daily reports that Mulberry gifted Obama and his fellow attendees with sweet monogrammed leather bags . Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, UK Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta and President Obama all reportedly received brown leather overnight bags from Mulberry’s Fall 2013 collection. As the only woman of the group, Germany’s German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a black Piccadilly bag, one of the British brand’s classic leather handbags. ( It’s going for $2,300 on Mulberry’s website right now, if you’re looking to channel the German politico.) The fashionable gifts are a nice perk, especially since the G8 turned out to be a surprisingly informal conference. Over the course of the two-day event in Northern Ireland, we barely saw anyone wearing a tie — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe even got away with a snazzy pink shirt and two-toned shoes . Unfortunately, no sightings of the Mulberry bags. The Piccadilly Bag: Barack Obama has always been pretty stylish… Loading Slideshow Obama (kneeling in front row) 1970s

‘Exquisite quality is at the heart of Hermès handbags and this sale offers the crème de la crème of Hermès designs with a number of timeless pieces and rare exotic leathers. ‘The online-only format of this sale follows hot on the heels of our successful Vintage Couture: Handbags, Luggage and Accessories sale in April this year. ‘This sale which runs for 10 days provides another extended opportunity for buyers around the world to purchase handbags and accessories by some of the greatest designers of all time.’ Handbag history: A lesson Hermès Kelly and Birkin bags continue to be highly sought-after and have become increasingly popular since they were first designed. Birkin bags were inspired by English actress and singer Jane Birkin in the 1980s. In a chance encounter with the former Hermès CEO on an airplane, the celebrity suggested the design for a weekend bag, which paved the way for the consistently popular ‘Birkin’ bag. The Kelly bag was named after Grace Kelly, who in 1956 had just become Princess of Monaco and was seen carrying the original leather ‘Sac à dépêche’ to hide her pregnancy. Photographs of the young starlet were sent all over the world, leading to the bag being known as the Kelly. Originally designed in 1935 the shape is a classic form which has gained worldwide acclaim. Actress Jane Birkin circa 1967 (left) and Coco Chanel (right) Chanel Chanel, ever practical, introduced a handbag suspended from thin straps in 1929, as an alternative to the clutch – freeing up the busy woman-about-town’s hands for other things.  When she returned from retirement in 1954, Chanel decided to update her handbag even further and called the bag 2.55 after the date of creation, February 1955.

Storm clouds clear as France counts cost

READ  ( ) » French president Francois Hollande walks on a street of Saint-Beat two days after the village was submerged by flash floods, Photo:Pascal Pavani/AFP Storm clouds clear as France counts cost The storm clouds finally appeared to break on Friday as France’s meteorological service Météo France lifted the weather warnings that had been place across much of the country. The cost of the disaster is set to run into hundreds of millions of euros. READ  ( ) » Debris strewn across the sanctuary at Lourdes. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP Lourdes faces ‘economic disaster’ after floods After flood waters devastated the Catholic shrine at Lourdes in south west France this week, the mayor says his town is facing ‘economic disaster,’. The French president said the region would be declared a natural disaster in the coming days. READ  ( ) » The Jewish owner of a small French publisher was fined €5,000 on Thursday for advertising a job vacancy with a warning that candidates of north African origin need not apply. READ  ( ) » Job Talk France A tourist guide shows a book on Paris during a boat tour of the river Seine in Paris.

Top seller: Lot 33, the 2011 35cm amethyst matte crocodile Birkin bag has a whopping final sale estimate of up to £28,000

There were no cars, smartphones or cameras, so the rules were much simpler. While the monks need to keep themselves abreast of new knowledge, current events and technology, they are restrained to choose the appropriate tools,” the agency’s director-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said in a statement this week, according to The Gloss. Nopparat added that the monks in the video were acting “inappropriately, not composed and not adhering to Buddha’s teachings of simplicity and self-restraint.” It is unclear where the monks might have collected such expensive items. The director suggested that at times, followers of Buddhism often share gifts with monks to show their appreciation. Like us on Facebook “In many cases, it was the followers who gave the monks the luxury. Some bought them sports cars. This is by no means necessary,” he said.

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