Louis Vuitton celebrates Americana in Paris menswear, with stylish David Beckham in tow

Photograph by: Francois Guillot , AFP/Getty Images 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 travelling 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. The collection, however, produced no great creative surprises, apart from the piece de resistance: A fantastic retro black silk jacket with mother-of-pearl jacquard featuring the famed LV monogram. _____

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In this way, Dobkin said, he revolutionized travel for his time. The elongated shape meant that people could pack more, and would therefore travel more often. The Ramat Aviv store features one of the first travel trunks made by Louis Vuitton, a gift from the Paris Museum. Shown with lights and a plaque, it stands next to the modern travel bags that the store offers for sale. Customers are given the option to have their initials on the travel bags just like the initials brightly painted on the antique trunk. Celebrities such as Katie Winslet and Blake Lively are said to have taken part in this historic ritual. If customers dont wish to have their initials in big letters on the bag, they can choose to have them hot stamped onto their bags tag, free of charge.

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“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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Chanel has surpassed Louis Vuitton as the leading luxury brand among the Chinese fashionistas. 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. David Sadigh, Founder & CEO of Digital Luxury Group,said Louis Vuittons weak first quarter had a lot to do with China being over-sold the brand. Brands from different segments ranging from Chanel to Coach or Burberry are continuing to grow.

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I spent so much time in Paris and Kim Jones is my friend, so Im here supporting him and obviously Marc [Jacobs] as well, and just here to enjoy the show. Jones, mens studio and style director at Vuitton, has old connections with the world of soccer: He previously designed a line for English sportswear firm Umbro, which supplied Beckhams kit, both for Manchester United and the England team. What about his wife Victoria Beckhams recent suggestion that Becks would make an ideal James Bond? Beckham let out a small laugh. She was joking, he demurred. Michael Stipe was in a similarly modest mood.

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It was all there, they were all surface. Theres a clever Baudrillardism about male objectification Im sure, but that would be to over-intellectualise. Broken down, this was a show of sweatshirts, sweatskirts, sweatshorts. Who gets that sweaty? Id rather exercise my mind.Givenchy jarred with the season because that idea of getting inside a garment, underneath its metaphorical skin, has been a persistent and recurrent motif. Ive lost count of the number of inside-out jackets weve seen, exposed seams decoratively bound to force their prominence. Rei Kawakubo at Comme des Garcons peeled layers away, panels fraying and falling at the shoulder to expose other fabrics, like wallpaper layers separating. There were also multiple lapels, double jacket fronts and many layers of shirts dangling at the back. You couldnt really figure out what was going on.

Louis Vuitton celebrates Americana

Arnault, 38, will join LVMHs largest brand in September from Christian Dior Couture, where she has been deputy managing director since 2008, the Paris-based luxury goods maker said today in a statement. The executives knowledge of high-quality products and her experience at Dior are key assets to contribute to the successful development of Louis Vuitton, Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of the handbag maker, said in a statement. Vuitton is raising prices, using more leather as well as fewer logos in its product mix and limiting store expansion to regain its luster as sales growth slows from Barcelona to Beijing. LVMH, the worlds largest luxury goods maker, in April posted its weakest fashion and leather goods sales growth since 2009. Vuitton, which accounted for about half of LVMHs 5.9 billion euros ($7.7 billion) in earnings before interest and taxes in 2012, needs fixing, said Luca Solca, an analyst at Exane BNP Paribas. I can hardly imagine a more important job within the group than to be overseeing this process. It can be a coming of age assignment. The shares gained as much as 2.5 percent in Paris trading and were up 2.1 percent to 121.7 euros as of 4:33 p.m. To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Roberts in Paris at aroberts36@bloomberg.net To contact the editor responsible for this story: Celeste Perri at cperri@bloomberg.net Facebook

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