Watch this: Louis Vuitton celebrates America’s Cup with special timepieces

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HSBC calculated that Louis Vuitton’s operating margin fell to 42 percent from 44 percent between 2011 and 2012. RELIEF Sales growth at LVMH’s fashion and leather goods division, of which Louis Vuitton makes up 75 percent of sales, doubled in the second quarter to 6 percent from 3 percent in the previous three months on a like-for-like basis. “It is a relief that there is an improvement in the second quarter and that the margin (at LV) stopped deteriorating,” said Zurich-based Andrea Gerst, who helps run the Julius Baer Luxury Brands fund with 417 million euros ($551.92 million)under management. Referring to Louis Vuitton’s performance regionally, Guiony said trading in Asia was “flattish,” in the United States “in the mid-single digits” while in Japan and Europe, it was “a bit higher or a bit lower than double digit.” Guiony added that the bulk of Chinese demand today was from tourists and estimated overall Chinese demand for the brand to be in “mid-single digits” terms. Analysts estimate that growth in the global luxury goods industry will slow down to around 6-8 percent in 2012, or about twice the level of global GDP growth depending on estimates, compared with 10 percent growth last year. Luxury investors and analysts said they expected trading to continue to improve in the second half of the year, partly thanks to the return of Chinese customers, the world’s biggest buyers of luxury goods. “We expect a slow but steady recovery of Chinese luxury demand because of the underlying appetite for luxury and wealth creation continuing,” Gerst said. In the past year, China’s luxury market, which had been the industry main growth driver, was hit by a slower economy and the government’s crackdown on the country’s tradition of gift-giving to facilitate transactions and deals. LVMH rival Kering on said on Thursday the slowdown continued in China but earlier this week Swatch Group (UHR.VX), the world’s biggest watch maker, said it expected Chinese demand to improve in the second half. Before Friday’s rise, shares in LVMH were down 6 percent since January, making them the second-worst performers on the Paris CAC 40 index .FCHI of blue-chips and the worst performing European luxury stock overall.

Michelle Williams is a Stunner in These New Louis Vuitton Ads

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As the official timekeeper for the races, which take place in San Francisco for the next two months, the luxury retailer is introducing several timepieces inspired by the world of sailing with technological finesse. Each watch features what is known as the Regatta function, which marks the countdown of the last five minutes before the starting gun goes off for an America’s Cup race. The crown jewel is the Tambour America’s Cup Automatic Regatta , a limited edition offering of only 720 numbered watches referencing the 72-foot A72 catamarans used in the Cup. It sports a red-and-black dial with the America’s Cup logo, waterproof rubber strap and a Swiss automatic LV 171 chronograph movement. There is also a quartz version, with a limited edition of 1,851 watches, referencing the year of the first America’s Cup. The watch retails for $11,600. Other versions feature the Louis Vuitton Cup logo on the dial. Currently, boats are vying for the Louis Vuitton Cup in a challenger series for the right to sail against the American defender, Team Oracle USA, at the 34th America’s Cup, to be held Sept. 7 to 21. Related News

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Shoppers walk past a Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai in this March 8, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Aly Song

Here are the first campaign images from the Oscar-nominated actress new gig as the face of Louis Vuitton. The ads, which will appear in September and October magazines, are for the brands new handbags, the W and the Capucines. Michelle Williams was selected by Louis Vuitton for her independent spirit with which she has forged her path through Hollywood defined by her outstanding talent, her passion for craft, and her choice of daring and challenging roles, the French fashion house said in a statement. [via PEOPLE] [Courtesy Louis Vuitton] Williams, 32, is no stranger to Louis Vuitton. In February 2012, Williams donned a burnt orange LV gown for the 84th Academy Awards. (While she was a winner on the red carpet, the My Week With Marilyn starlost the Best Actress Oscar to the one and only Meryl Streep ).

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As a testament to this, we’ve spotted Alexa Chung making use of one very chic pair of Louis Vuitton heels. Her bow-adorned pumps have served her well through fashion parties and premieres (year after year), adding a sweet, polished touch to every look. And because we love when fashion is also functional, we’re big fans of this low heel ! You may not be running out to score a pair of Louis Vuittons, but after a glimpse of Alexa showing off their styling potential, you may just want to shop something similar. We’ve already done the legwork just click through for a closer look at her sweet footwear, then shop a pair for yourself. Whats Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 When you have a favorite style or treasured item in your closet, there’s nothing wrong with giving it the attention it deserves by wearing it all the time. As a testament to this, we’ve spotted Alexa Chung making use of one very chic pair of Louis Vuitton heels.

Louis Vuitton needs to regain its lost exclusivity

Although the group blamed Chinas slowing economic growth in its financial announcement, that did not stop rival Burberry from posting 16 per cent yoy growth in quarterly sales due to strong luxury demand in China. What can LV do to regain lost popularity? DIAGNOSIS 1 Leo Wood As a letter to the Financial Times put it bluntly: when even the cleaner has a Louis Vuitton handbag, the brand has a problem. The French icon has to convince the highest spenders that the entire feel of the brand is out of reach of everyone apart from a rarefied elite. First, LV can use market research to ensure it does not lag behind its peers in adapting to changing trendssuch as the shunning of ostentatious logos. Exhaustive focus groups among the ultra-high spending segment will anticipate maturing tastes in luxury and discover what will ensure loyalty.

Alexa Chung Wearing Louis Vuitton Heels 2011

Alexa Chung Wearing Louis Vuitton Heels 2011

Michelle Williams For Louis Vuitton Dawsons Creek Star Models For Fall Campaign All eyes are on The Great Gatsby star, as she stuns in the latest Louis Vuitton campaign. The actress is debuting some new designs and one of her sexiest looks yet! The campaign, due to launch in September, captures the blonde beauty looking extremely high-fashion and chic, sporting a spiked pixie and dramatic red lip. The ad, which has a very punk couture vibe, aims to promote LVs new bags: the W and Capucines. The photographs, shot by Peter Lindbergh, show a completely different side of the big screen starlet, as she dons a black mani and a shoulder-clad dress from the Fall 2013 Collection. We love that shes rocking this edgy look since we didnt get to see Michelle embracing her inner-punk at the 2013 Met Ball. The Oscar-nominated actress looks confident and beautiful as she poses on a gold-detailed trunk with the new French designer goods. We love this look so much that we think Michelle should adopt it as her new signature style! Its one of the few celebrity-featured campaigns where we forgot shes an actress, and instead thought she was a model. Were pleasantly surprised with everything weve seen so far and cant wait to see the rest come September! Hollywoodlifers, what do YOU think?

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Sporting her signature cropped haircut, Ms Williams, 32, wears clothing from Louis Vuitton’s most recent fall collection. Head turner: A smouldering Michelle Williams stars as the new face of Louis Vuitton’s winter 2014 campaign Fashion face: With wine-colored lips and dark eyebrows, the actress, 32, who turned heads in Louis Vuitton at the 2012 Oscars, models two of the French fashion house’s latest handbags The campaign marks Ms Williams’ first major fashion endorsement, aside from a brief spell as an ambassador for Band of Outsiders for spring/summer 2012. Not long now! Margherita Missoni shares bikini photo of her baby bump at nine months getting a loving kiss from dad-to-be The Louis Vuitton campaign was shot by Peter Lindbergh, with hair by Sam McKnight and make-up by Stephane Marais. Louis Vuitton looks: The actress turned heads in Louis Vuitton at the 2012 Oscars (left), and again at the Film Independent Spirit Awards in 2012 (right) It is certainly a far cry from her days as Jen Lindley on Dawson’s Creek. Best known for her roles in Brokeback Mountain and My Week With Marilyn, Ms Williams is currently filming Suite Francaise, based on the novel by Irene Nemirovsky, which follows a blossoming romance between a French villager and a German soldier during the early years of the German occupation in France.

It’s a long way from Dawson’s Creek! Michelle Williams lands her first major fashion campaign as the new face of Louis Vuitton

The only reason I do now is because in Mumbai, among Indias fashionable and elite, they are almost as ubiquitous as a Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton bag with their unmistakeable trademark patent. The same is true across growing Asian Pacific metros Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, and Kuala Lumpur. Recognizing the opportunity a young and fashionable demographic, rising disposable incomes, access to global trends luxury brands have long flocked to Asia like hummingbirds to nectar often doing mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures with local brands. As of June 30, there have already been deals valued at about $1 billion globally in the luxury sector, as compared to only $1.6 billion in all of CY12, as per Mergermarket data. And this doesnt include the $2.6 billion that French-luxury goods maker LVMH Group offered for a majority stake in Italian cashmere clothier Loro Piana in early July. Asian-Pacific deals, however, have been muted as compared to a five-year high in 2011 partly due to the slowing Chinese economy a coveted mainstay for luxury companies globally. But the trend is expected to reverse: sovereign governments will adapt policies to attract investors; potential suitors both corporates and private equity firms will be lured by compelling though evolving dynamics; and possible targets will seek associations with industry heavyweights. Last year, the Indian government announced it would allow (with caveats) foreign companies to invest up to 100% directly in retailers which sell a single brand. Since then the government has seen about 60-plus applications from global brands seeking to set up shop in India, said Aparna Mittal, partner at the corporate M&A division of India-based law firm Luthra & Luthra Law Offices. Consumer companies can enter the Indian market via a joint venture such as the now disbanded one between DLF DLF Brands with Salvatore Ferragamo and Giorgia Arman i; through wholly owned subsidiaries such as Swedish furniture retailer IKEA or via the franchise route.

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