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

Sorry Louis Vuitton, China’s No Longer Into You

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 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.

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

So imagine the yelp of excitement that sprang from our lips when we heard that Louis Vuitton had created an entire zoo out of their designer arm candy. The luxury label created the special zoo to celebrate the opening of their new flagship store in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. 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.

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With 25 outlets, including in Paris, New York and Hong Kong, Gazinskaya says shes seeking investors to fund more expansion. There are no limits really, she said by phone from Venice, Italy, where she was hanging out at the Biennale art exhibition. God gave me talent. Discretion wasnt always fashionable among Russians. Animal print bras, gaudy frocks and logoed luggage were de rigueur in 1990s as the wealthy few sought to relive pre-1917 revolution excesses, according to Alla Verber, fashion director at Tsum department store in Moscow. Gangsters Girls Then, a typical new Russian was a gangster-type man in a garish jacket accompanied by heavily made-up girls, she said. Now tastes have changed. Kering SA (KER)s Gucci was the biggest luxury brand in Russia in 2011 with sales of 6.74 billion rubles ($208.6 million), ahead of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC)s Donna Karan and Vuitton, estimates Euromonitor. Hermes and Prada rounded out the top five, according to the researcher. Kering (KER) gained 1.1 percent today in Paris trading.

Vuitton Tones Down Bling in Russia as Wealthy Go Discreet

The trunk maker owned by Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC) lifted prices on bags such as the Speedy and NeverFull by about 10 percent in the euro region, Antoine Belge , an HSBC analyst, said today in a note to clients. Vuitton raised prices by at least 10 percent in the U.K. and U.S., and by 5 percent to 10 percent in Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, the analyst wrote. The euros strength against some currencies may lead LVMH to charge more, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault said Jan. 31. Vuittons price increase in Japan, the biggest ever by the brand in the country, was taken to offset the impact of the yens slide on sales, the company said Feb. 20. In addition to protecting margins, the price increases must be seen, in our view, as a means to accelerate LVs repositioning towards more leather, Belge wrote.

Miranda Kerr empties her Louis Vuitton satchel on Instagram

Miranda Kerr celebrity sunglasses

The competitions former yachting magnates include tea drinker Sir Thomas Lipton, English aviation pioneer Sir Thomas Sopwith, Harold Vanderbilt and CNN founder Ted Turner. Australian entrepreneur Alan Bonds money helped snatch the Cup from American control 24 years ago. Current defending team Oracle is named for billionaire owner Larry Ellisons tech organisation, Oracle Corporation, and Forbes estimates Ellisons wealth at $US43billion ($46.82billion), ranking him behind only Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in the United States. Torbjorn Tornqvist, an accomplished helmsman and director of Gunvor Group, the fourth-largest crude oil trader in the world, owns Artemis Racing. Luna Rossa belongs to Prada chief executive (and husband of Miuccia), Patrizio Bertelli. Funding could run dry Team New Zealand is the only team owned by a trust. It receives finance from New Zealand Louis Vuitton Outlet companies as well as the government and if it doesnt win this year its funding is likely to dry up.

Louis Vuitton opens a zoo made of handbags

Louis Vuitton handbag animals zoo (© Rex Features)

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.

Louis Vuitton Raised Most Non-Leather Handbag Prices, HSBC Says

But not so back in the early aughts, before Beckham had truly exploded on to the fashion scene, and was photographed while carrying her son and *gasp* a fake Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse graffiti handbag. by Verena von Pfetten | 3:45 pm, December 14th, 2012 In the vein of The Rows pill-covered $55,000 leather backpack collaboration with Damien Hirst, Los Angeles artist Desire Obtain Cherish series of luxury branded pills packs takes our addiction to fashion to a whole new level. by Hilary George-Parkin | 4:40 pm, November 12th, 2012 Wait a second is this a Louis Vuitton commercial or the Da Vinci Code?! PHOTOS: Kate Moss Gets Dotty On The Cover Of Jalouse by Jada Wong | 11:19 am, October 26th, 2012 Kate Moss looks like she got caught in a very fashionable tropical storm on the November cover of Jalouse. Dressed in a Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama raincoat, the super (and her perfectly tousled hair) poses in the midst of some artfully placed palm fronds.

Louis Vuitton series sets off as America’s Cup drama begins

Well, she’s only gone and read our minds by emptying out her designer bag on Instagram. Hurrah! Something tells us those gorgeous nude heels don’t quite fit, but as for all her beauty essentials, they most certainly do. Equipped, of course, with her own natural skincare range KORA Organics, she also packed in two summer bright balms in red and pink keeping her failsafe lip shades close by, we like her style. Eyelash curlers and a powder foundation rounded off the mini makeup haul, to be teamed with Miranda’s fave retro sunnies.

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