Louis Vuitton opens a zoo made of handbags

Louis Vuitton handbag animals zoo (© Rex Features)

The pop-up zoofeatures 23 animals, all of which were created using handbags and other small leather goodsbearing the brands distinctive check and LV monogram. Our favourite has to be the giant panda, which took two months and a whopping 74 bags to create. We can only imagine how intoxicating the smell of all that butter-soft leather would be if you were to cuddle up to him. Other animals in what must surely be thecoolest zoo to ever exist include a cricket, an armadillo and a beaver. Naturally. See more pictures of Louis Vuittons handbag zoo by clicking through the images above.

Because Louis Vuitton Handbags Weren’t Expensive Enough…

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.

Louis Vuitton status purse at heart of San Jose murder trial

Well, looks like the brand finally has caught on to you, since theyve reportedly been jacking up prices on the sly since the beginning of the year. According to Reuters , broker HSBC sent out a memo to clients informing them that the French house has increased prices on their non-leather handbags by ten percent in Europe, ten percent or more in the U.S. and U.K., and five to ten percent in Asia. So while your coveted calfskin checkerboard Speedy should be safe at a reasonable (*cough*) three grand, that canvas tote you were hemming and hawing over a few months back may just be a bit more of a splurge than you thought. According to analysts estimates, canvas items make up about two thirds of the brands total accessories sales, and yield higher gross margins than do leather goods, meaning Vuitton stands to make more money off of each non-leather handbag they produce. HSBC posits that LVs ubiquity problems motivated the move, although we have to wonder whether steeper prices on the real-deal handbags wont just spur the counterfeit market even further.

Bag a bargain! Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton among 84 designer handbags up for online-only auction from 2pm TODAY

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

However, his attorney Rod O’Connor has chosen to reserve any insanity argument to the second phase of trial. In the current first phase — called the “guilt” phase — the lawyer is arguing only that the jury of eight women and four men should convict Shui of either voluntary “heat of passion” manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. For the latter, the panel would have to agree Shui was too intoxicated after drinking at least two bottles of wine and possibly popping a sleeping pill (he can’t remember if Louis Vuitton Purses he actually did) to form the intent to kill. In contrast, prosecutor Erin West contends that Shui wasn’t blind drunk because he is an alcoholic with a high tolerance for alcohol and that he killed Zheng on purpose. According to court testimony, the killing was touched off by a chance encounter in August 2011 between the younger, pretty mistress and Shui’s wife Mei.

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