(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
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Louis Vuitton pushed the envelope of creativity with their latest wind design at their 5th Avenue store in New York City. The high-end fashion brand used golden dinosaur bones to show off their latest collection. They decorated the windows with displays of very well dressed mannequins having to deal with dinosaur action. The handbags are designed in glass cases with tags that tell which bag it is and the bag specifics. The idea was inspired by the current displays at the Natural History Museum in Les Jardins des Plantes in Paris where dinosaur bones are a pretty big deal. While dinosaur bones are a sign of something old and prehistoric, it put a pretty chic twist to an ordinary store window display. Check out some of the scenes after the jump.
In a chance encounter with the former Hermes 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 a depeche’ to hide her pregnancy. Photographs of the young starlet were sent all over the world, leading to the bag being known as read more… 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-towns 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. The 2.55 remains the most popular bag today, both vintage and new. In fact, Chanel released an exact copy of the original 2.55 in February 2005 to commemorate the bags 50th birthday. It remains a design classic, with its quilted exterior and double chain straps. Fans will know that the burgundy leather interiors were said to be inspired by Chanels convent school uniform and that when this bag has the Mademoiselle lock, it is known as a Classic Flap. The Double C lock was introduced in the 1980s. This sale includes several variants of the 2.55. Lot 18: An emerald fabric classic flap bag Chanel, 2009-10 with silvertone metal hardware, classic chain, dustbag and box 30.5 cm, estimate: 1,500 – 2,500 Lot 65: An Hermes tan box lather passe-guide bag from 1979, estimated to fetch 2,500 – 3,500 The Vintage Couture: Handbags and Accessories online-only auction features 102 exquisite items. Lot 18: A 30cm 2011 lime bag, estimate 10,000-15,000 (left) and Lot 34: A crocus 2012 with silver palladium hardware, padlock, keyfob and dustbag 35 cm, estimate: 5,000-7,000 (right), both Epsom leather Birkins by Hermes Lot 5: A 2005 45cm limited edition monogram cerise canvas keepall bag Takashi Murakami for Louise Vuitton, goldtone metal hardware with handle fastener and dustbag, estimate:1,000 – 2,000 Prices start at 400 at Christies.com . Bonhams auction fashion magazine collection for 15,000 Man In A Vuitton Bag at Bonhams is a rare collection of ‘the world’s chicest magazine’ – and it’s going under the hammer.
Don’t worry, we’ve summarised the full details for you here , but basically Hermes has accused Louis Vuitton’s parent company of illegally trying to amass a majority stake in its shareholdings. As the case continued to play out in a French court this week, Hermes reportedly accused LVMH of committing the “most important fraud in the history of the French stock market.” It’s a heavy claim and Hermes representatives have shown no sign of wavering under the power of their words, but despite the severity of the accusations, LVMH is still claiming total innocence. In fact, a spokesperson has gone so far as to tell French newspapers that Hermes’ claims should be dismissed entirely, and considered a part of a wider slander campaign. Eeish. You can’t get more of an ‘it wasn’t me’ than that. What do you think?
The video has sparked criticism from all over the world, prompting Thailands Office of National Buddhism to announce it is now monitoringAthe monks for inappropriate behavior. The agencysAdirector-general Nopparat Benjawatananun said this week : When Lord Buddha was alive, there wasnt anything like this. 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. Nopparat added that the Buddhist monks in the video were acting inappropriately, not composed and not adhering to Buddhas teachings of simplicity and self-restraint. Glad thats settled. He did, however, offer one interesting piece of data by way of explanation: AIn many cases, it was the followers who gave the monks the luxury. Some bought them sports cars.