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Vicente Mercado, chairman of the board of J.K. Mercado and Sons Agricultural Enterprises, Inc. (JKMSAE) that owns the crocodile farm and slaughterhouse, said that other premium bag makers also buy the skins that they get from the slaughtered saltwater crocodiles or the Crocodylus porosus species. Quality crocodile skin commands a very high price and is said to be sold per centimeter. Located in Barangay New Katipunan in Kapalong, the 10-hectare JKMSAE farm breeds over 6,000 crocodiles both for conservation (Crocodylus mindorensis species) and trade purposes. The crocodile slaughterhouse is considered to be the most modern and second largest in the country. Mercado said that the JKMSAE slaughters at least 24 crocodiles a day. The reptiles first undergo an electric stunner and the coil is cut before their brains are picked to make sure that the crocodiles are dead. Mercado said that while the skin is sold to luxury bag makers, the crocodile meat, on the other hand, is sold in the local market and made into delicacies. Mercado stressed that crocodiles are very important to eco-balance for the productivity of wetlands, hence the farm is also into conservation efforts.
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-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 Louis Vuitton Bags 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. Edition 18 of the contemporary fashion, art and design periodical Visionare is a Fashion Special which comes in a monogrammed Louis Vuitton portfolio.
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The collection also features the most expensive bag in the store, the Bowling handbag. At NIS 70,000, the Bowling is made of Louis Vuitton canvas, python and crocodile skins. We have one of the seven VIP rooms [in the world] because there was such a demand here, Ayelet Dobkin, a publicist for Louis Vuitton said. This store is three times bigger than the first Louis Vuitton store built in Israel. Louis Vuitton Sales Associate Asaf Mizrahi agreed that it was vital to add the exclusivity to the Ramat Aviv store. One of the core values of Louis Vuitton, he said, is rarity. Its why they dont overstock the store, only receiving one or two of each of the bags that they hold in the back. One example of this is the iconic Speedy bag in blue.
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(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon) Sponsored Links The Associated Press PARIS The Louis Vuitton man moved from the eastern Himalayas of last season to the sunny West Coast of the United States for this spring-summer 2014. “This was the American road trip, just enjoying and celebrating Americana from NASA through to the traditional things such as bandanas,” said designer Kim Jones, breaking a sweat backstage Thursday at the Paris show that was held inside a scorching conservatory. The collection ranged from the road trip, as imagined in khaki parkas with travel badges and cotton printed bandanas, to a whole mix of different American styles: From sportswear, as in white, blue and red silk graph check tailored shorts, to Gatsby-style evening suits in raw kimono silk with a classy curved lower part. As ever, when traveling anywhere Vuitton-style, don’t expect to rough it. Stylish and coiffed David Beckham looked approvingly on from the front row. Silhouettes were tight and masculine. The 41 classy looks were fairly eclectic and so served up a little something for everyone.
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According to theWorld Luxury Index by the Digital Luxury Group, a global luxury retail consultancy, Chanelovertook Louis Vuitton thanks to rising interest in various product segments, particularly beauty. To be fair, of course, Louis Vuitton is not licked yet. Not by a long shot. Its firmly in the No. 2 spot.
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Before settling on the upscale Vitkac department store, in one of Warsaws busiest shopping districts, the French luxury-goods maker analyzed pedestrian traffic in different corners of the city, observed shopping habits, and visited the stores of its competitors. In retail you need to experience everything by yourself,” Eggs explains.”Observation is the best method, but it takes time. The brand also polled Polish customers in Louis Vuitton stores in Munich, Berlin, London and Paris about the planned location of the future Warsaw store and got great reactions. That was the final confirmation for us, says Eggs. Louis Vuitton is the flagship brand of French conglomerate LVMH , which also owns such luxury brands as Bulgari, Givenchy and Dom Perignon. According to the Sanford Bernstein sell-side research firm, Vuitton handbags generate a half of the operating income of the LVMH, and a revenue of 7.4 billion euros per year. That’s seven times more than Poles spend per year on luxury goods in total (excluding cars), according to KPMG. Nevertheless, the Polish luxury market enjoyed a 50% growth during 2000-2010, increasing much faster than the global luxury market, which is currently worth 210 billion euros. “The Polish market recorded a solid rise, but that is not the only element we take into account,” Eggs says. “Demand and potential are also important to us, and the latter is quite big in Poland. About 30% of luxury labels still arent available here.” No discounts, no sales Eggs is not keen on talking about prices, although he reveals that the cheapest thing in the Warsaw shop is a calendar refill 149 zlotys (35 euros).
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Delphine Arnault on June 25 was named executive vice president of Vuitton, with responsibility for overseeing its product lines. Shell be the No. 2 executive in a unit that accounts for half of LVMHs pretax earnings, evidence that shes being groomed for a top jobperhaps the top jobat the Paris-based luxury giant. While Vuitton is still the worlds most valuable luxury brand, its losing ground to competitors such as Gucci and Prada ( 1913 ) as demand wanes for the iconic LV monogrammed handbag. A report last month by consultancy Millward Brown Optimor estimated that Vuittons brand value declined 12 percent over the past year. LVMH in April reported its weakest fashion and leather goods revenues in more than three years as sales flattened in China. As consumers make room for those luxuries that make them feel better by trading down on other items, it is the middle-of-the-road brands, such as Vuitton, that have suffered, Millward Brown Optimor said. Delphine Arnaults task will be to give the brand a more exclusive aura, deemphasizing its ubiquitous monogrammed canvas bags and introducing costlier leather bags. In the short term, that could depress sales growth, as LVMH also has said it plans to open fewer Vuitton boutiques.