New Vintage rehabs old handbags with fringe, feathers and TLC

The bin in Tanya Crawford’s home is full of multicolored feathers, patterned guitar straps, old key chains and fringe. Something else stands out — replica louis vuitton handbags.

In Crawford’s hands, the pieces, though not normally paired, are combined to create something new. An old custom purse has new life as a funky bohemian-dream bag. Or maybe it takes on a Wild West theme, adorned with fringe, braided brim and a beaded belt as the strap.

“I dig through (the bin) to get some inspiration,” Crawford says. “I might find some emoji beads, and the entire bag is based around that theme. We look at a bag and assess what we can do with it and then find a little inspiration somewhere.”

This is New Vintage Handbags, a year-old Las Vegas business for which Crawford is design director. New Vintage, founded by Stephanie Ponder and Candace Easdale, remakes designer bags not only to sell them online, but also for custom orders.

A Balenciaga beginning

The idea for New Vintage began with a black Balenciaga handbag that belonged to Ponder but had been stashed in a closet and seldom used. It was about 10 years old, the leather on the body and handle scuffed. Ponder was going to a concert and rodeo event that week, and the bag, though stylish and classic, needed a makeover.

“My Balenciaga was pretty beat,” Ponder says. “I started with the handle by wrapping leather around it. I started playing with the sides, and before you know it, I’m punching holes and throwing fringe on it.”

She started refashioning her other bags, then purses of some of her friends, and word began to spread. A year later, the women, who all work from their homes, have sold about 2oo hand-redesigned bags through their website.

Finding bags, inspiration

The purses, after they’re found at estate sales or auctions or brought to New Vintage by customers, are refurbished, as many that make it into the women’s hands date back to the 1980s. The insides are scrubbed, and liners are often removed and replaced. Some purses require more work than others, Ponder says.

Each is then remade in a different way, with variations of braided rims, fringe, feathers, as well as the addition of trinkets. Some feature a combination of materials.

Retro guitar straps, chunky bejeweled belts and even horse bridles are fashioned to replace worn handles. Trinkets such as crosses, key chains and pins are often pieces that Ponder finds at markets and antique stores.

“I get materials from anywhere and everywhere,” Ponder says. “We call it ‘going junkin.’ If it sticks out to me, I think, ‘All right, I have an idea for this.’ ”

The women measure and punch holes in bags to get the braiding and fringe through and change out the handles. Some purses are painted with images of colorful skulls, cats and dogs, and favorite emojis.

Ponder said some have complained on their social media sites about the bags not representing the spirit of fake louis vuitton bags, but others say the redone bags are a refreshing and funky take on the brand’s classic look.

Mallory Gardner, 18, spotted the bags at Vasari in Tivoli Village, and she said she wasn’t going to leave without one. She especially loved how she could change the strap to whatever she wanted.

“You could just buy a bag already done or switch out the straps,” Easdale says. “There’s a lot of options you can do to fit your style.”

Louis Vuitton Quietly Launches E-commerce Platform in China

Replica louis vuitton handbags launched its official online store in China on Thursday, offering a full range of luxury products: handbags, shoes, ready-to wear, perfume and jewels to Chinese shoppers in a few clicks.

The company remained low-key about its latest embrace of e-commerce. It quietly added the feature to its official Chinese website (which has been around since the late 1990s), without making any public announcements, not even a mention on social media like Weibo or WeChat.

An insider source told Jing Daily, that Louis Vuitton’s Chinese e-commerce platform had a soft launch since it is still in the testing stage. Once they have finished trouble-shooting, there will be an official announcement from the brand. We reached out to Louis Vuitton’s New York office to confirm this detail but had not heard back by the time of publication.

Upon opening its official Chinese site, the front page is still the full-screen poster for its new smartwatch Tambour Horizon, which it just released to some fanfare last week. Scrolling down, customers will see that part of the page is devoted to a banner for Louis Vuitton’s official online flagship store and a call to action to “instantly open a shopping trip.” Click on the call to action and you’re taken to a page filled with Louis Vuitton’s popular Neverfull, Alma and Speedy style handbags for women.

Consumers can make payment via UnionPay, Alipay and WeChat pay, and 12 cities can buy via this new e-commerce channel, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou and other major cities, according to WWD. They will open the site to more cities at a later date.

Replica louis vuitton handbags is the latest to join the small club of brands who offer online shopping, which has been handled with extreme caution thus far by luxury brands. Although consumers are increasingly getting digital, luxury brands are still suspicious about selling online. It’s impossible to provide the same service and experience as in brick-and-mortar stores, and being too transparent might not benefit a brand’s image.

According to a 2016 report by Boston Consulting Group, e-commerce only accounted for seven percent of the personal luxury market, but would grow to 12 percent by 2020. Six out of 10 luxury brands were already digitally influenced. Digital is an “inevitable, inescapable business shift,” according to the report.

Indeed, more luxury companies are embracing the trend. Gucci launched its online store in early July and Prada is said to being preparing to do the same very soon, according to the local fashion portal Ladymax.cn. Burberry, which has its own online store as well as a platform on Tmall, reported better-than-expected quarterly results last week, attributing its success to digital innovations in the China market, especially e-commerce and Wechat.

LVMH launched 24 Sèvres, a multi-brand luxury e-commerce site, last month. It sells 20 LVMH brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior and Fendi, as well as non-LVMH brands such as Prada and Maison Margiela. The platform is available in over 70 countries (China not included) on websites and as an App.

Before setting up the online store in China, Louis Vuitton offered some online services. It displayed some products and allowed customers to place orders via phone calls.

On the flip side, since last year,fake louis vuitton bags has been closing its stores in second and third tier cities. At least eight stores in Taiyuan, Tianjin, Suzhou and a few other cities were shut down.

Consumers have had mixed feelings about the news. Under the announcement of the news on Ladymax’s WeChat account, many consumers shared their thoughts.

“The most gratifying aspect of buying luxury is gone,” wrote one commenter. “The ritual of buying luxury in store will be missed.”

“I still think the official website is more trustworthy than a third-party site like Tmall, but the pricing difference between LV Europe and China is huge,” wrote another WeChat user. “If LV doesn’t adjust pricing, most people will still buy via personal shopper or take a trip to Europe.”

Louis Vuitton Asks High Court to Reverse Trademark Parody Ruling

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Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. asked the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that My Other Bag Inc.’s mimicking of the fashion house’s famous interlocking logo is a parody not subject to a trademark dilution charge ( Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A. v. My Other Bag, Inc. , U.S., No. 17-72, review requested 7/13/17 ).

Replica louis vuitton handbags relied on the Trademark Dilution Revision Act, which allows owners of famous marks to charge dilution by another company whose lower quality products diminish the value of famous mark if consumers make an association between the two. The TDRA gives the defendant a fair-use defense if its use is a parody of the famous mark.

The July 13 petition for high court review challenged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s “novel conception of parody” that doesn’t require the copier to at least communicate a joke about the famous mark. All makers of knock-offs of famous products will be emboldened unless the Supreme Court reverses that decision, Louis Vuitton said.
Rock and Hard Place

Louis Vuitton is in the unusual situation of asking the high court to resolve a conflict between two appellate courts, both of which ruled against the French fashion house. The company essentially now supports the view of parody by the Fourth Circuit in 2007 in Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A. v. Haute Diggity Dog, LLC.

The Fourth Circuit held that use of “Chewy Vuitton” on a plush pet chew toy was parody. But the court put considerable weight on the immediately obvious differences between the products, according to Louis Vuitton’s petition. In contrast, My Other Bag is selling the same product, Louis Vuitton said.

The charged handbags have the look-alike presentation—the same color and pattern but with interlocking “MOB” instead of “LV”—on one side and the phrase “My Other Bag” on the other side. The Second Circuit held that the joke might be “ gentle, and possibly even complimentary” to replica louis vuitton handbags, and that was enough to satisfy the fair-use exclusion to an injunction for dilution under 17 U.S.C. §1125(c)(3).

But the bags are designed to be worn with “My Other Bag” toward the body, according to the petition, so “the crux of the purported joke” is not even visible to other viewers. The bag is not conveying a joke, it said. It is a clear intent “to free-ride on the fame and distinctiveness of Louis Vuitton’s marks to sell its own handbags.

The petition also charged both appellate courts with using the test for parody that applies to infringement charges, when Congress clearly intended a different approach with parody in the context of dilution. Finally, fake louis vuitton bags defended against a possible argument that its preferred test would run up against First Amendment concerns. Parties with an “expressive purpose” in their alleged parody or commentary can rely on the First Amendment’s protections, it said. But My Other Bag has no such purpose and only intends to capitalize on the famous mark’s fame, it said.

Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Washington, filed the petition. A response is due Aug. 14. Miller Korzenik Sommers Rayman LLP, New York, represented My Other Bag before the Second Circuit.

The rise of the man bag

Fake Louis Vuitton Bags have been the ultimate in luxury leather goods since Coco Chanel created the highly coveted 2.55 bag back in the 1950s. They were the ultimate accessory for women, and completely functional. They hold money, keys, toiletries, gum, etc.

While women have long got to enjoy the luxury and glamour of Fake Louis Vuitton Bags, men were restricted to briefcases and messenger bags. There came a turning point in the last several years when luxury fashion companies decided to expand on their leather good offerings, and thus the man bag had its true birth.

In 2014, man bags appeared on the runways of fashion brands including Fendi, Gucci, Jil Sander and Burberry. It was the catalyst to a trend that became a staple. The designer who made the man bag most popular would arguably be Gucci’s Alessandro Michele.

Men’s fake louis vuitton bags are the new menswear must-have accessory

Michele, who is credited with reviving Gucci to peak luxury status, has made the brand a go-to choice for celebrities, fashion influencers, and street style stars of all ages. His designs for Gucci, such as the bee, tiger and snake print tote bags, are always toted around at New York Fashion Week, and have even been featured in top men’s magazines like GQ.

Historically, men’s bags have been limited to utilitarian things like camera bags and duffel bags. In the past several years, the idea of a man’s bag as a true fashion piece has flourished.

Louis Vuitton, which has long offered men’s briefcases, began to offer more fashion statement pieces in their men’s line under the creative direction of men’s artistic director Kim Jones. The growth in their men’s sector led to collaborations with artists like Jake and Dinos Chapman, and more recently Supreme. The Supreme collaboration practically broke retail on the day of its launch last week, with some people lining up from midnight to get their hands on the items.

Louis Vuitton also broke the internet during Paris Men’s Fashion Week with their new Monogram Outdoor bag for spring/summer 2018. The photo on their Instagram page has garnered over 83,000 likes, and has made its way to the must-have list of luxury fashion lovers.

Recently, smaller man bags, dubbed “the man purse” by GQ, have become increasingly trendy thanks to hip-hop stars like A$AP Rocky and designers like Virgil Abloh.

Of course, now begs the question, how did we get here?

Men needed something more convenient to transport rather than a briefcase. In the age of technology, it didn’t make sense to have a clunky briefcase just to hold your iPad or Macbook Air. Lighter weight more functional bags like totes and small messengers became a matter of practicality.

As gender norms become less and less restrictive in society, the idea of carrying a tote or small crossbody was no longer seen as just a feminine thing. If a woman could carry a fake louis vuitton bags, a man could to.

Between that and the era of “peacocking” menswear has entered, men’s fashion lovers are now fearless when it comes to drawing attention to themselves. As the men’s wear market is also seeing continuous growth, brands are capitalizing on every category possible too.

What may have seemed like just a trend at first is now a permanent staple among menswear, and a coveted accessory for all men.

 

Jeff Koons Teams Up With Louis Vuitton to Create Art-Inspired Handbags

In 2015, Jeff Koons unveiled his collection of repainted masterpieces. The pieces reinterpreted the works of artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh and were identical to the originals, save for a blue, reflective “gazing ball” suspended in front of each of them. Koons stated at the show’s launch that the orbs represented “the vastness of the universe and at the same time the intimacy of right here, right now.” That perspective has been repackaged into a new line of handbags from Fake Louis Vuitton Bags, which go on sale on April 28.

As dezeen reports, the “Masters” collection showcases the pop artist’s take on famous works from history. Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” van Gogh’s “Wheat Field with Cypresses,” and Peter Paul Rubens‘s “The Tiger Hunt” are all represented with each artist’s name displayed on the bag in gold metallic lettering. Louis Vuitton’s iconic logo and floral designs adorn the front, and a leather silhouette of Koons’s famous rabbit sculpture hangs from the Fake Louis Vuitton Bags.

“Having the names of the artists  being in the reflective type is actually in a way performing like the gazing ball would in the gazing ball paintings,” Koons said in an interview with fake louis vuitton bags.

 

Louis Vuitton Handbags You’ll Want To Get Your Hands On Now

Are you bored with the sales by now? Here’s some new-season replica louis vuitton handbags that can be enjoyed whatever the weather!

Often I find “quirky” bags a bit, well, try hard. But this leather clutch from Uterque really works. The quality of the leather elevates it, while the combination of textures and shapes feels effortless.

This tactile suede slouchy replica louis vuitton handbags by Irish designer J.W.Anderson is is a real wow piece… unfortunately so is the price. But if you can afford it the soft shade of cornflower blue and signature barbell ring looped through the front will really elevate an outfit.

This is one of my favourite replica louis vuitton handbags of the new season so far. I’m really drawn to the athleisure-style striped crossbody handle, which can be neatly tidied away if you want a classic tan tote instead. This is very much a two-for-the-price-of-one piece.

This orange shopper is top of my wish list right now. The colour is divine and will warm up all of my winter outfits when the time comes. I love that it’s completely minimalist, with no fussy detailing. It’s timeless.

The 1970s is set to be a strong trend for AW17, and this fake louis vuitton bags nods subtly to the decade. It’s modern, but with a retro reference. That’s the way to embrace this trend with falling into caricature.

The New Fake Louis Vuitton Luggage Is a Vintage Lover’s Dream

As a nod to the Fake Louis Vuitton Bags’s heritage as the go-to luggage supplier for the fin-de-siècle jet set, replica louis vuitton handbags just added a new service to their personalization program called “My LV World Tour,” which lets you customize certain bags (including carry-on-friendly styles like their rolling suitcases, classic Speedy, the Neverfull tote, and the Keepall duffel) with fun, retro patches that make your bag look like it’s been across the Atlantic on the Q.E. II at least twice.

Walk into any Vuitton boutique to pick out the replica louis vuitton handbags you want on your bag (for certain styles, you can even choose the color of the lining and the leather trim), and then somewhere between 8-12 weeks later, you’ll have the vintage-inspired luggage of your Wes Andersonian dreams. We’d like to imagine that carrying it will add a touch of old-world civility to your next trip—almost as if the person next to you is sipping champagne instead of housing a crinkly bag of Pop Chips. Almost.

Replica Louis Vuitton enlists Jeff Koons for new accessories line: Wanted

An impossibly wealthy friend of mine who collects contemporary art has a piece in her beach house by the notorious American artist Jeff Koons. The work — which my friend waited years on a wait list to acquire and then paid more for than the average price of a detached home in downtown Toronto — is a hanging sculpture of a goofy red lobster wearing a turquoise blow-up swim ring.

The entire arrangement, which is garishly hued and appears to be something cheap and inflatable, is quite miraculously made of steel. Clever, yes — and meticulously crafted, as my artist friends, who are in awe of Koons’ mastery, insist — but even if I could afford it (or, for that matter, a fabulous beach house), I’m not positive I would really want Lobby McLobster hanging there in the window.

But would I want a Jeff Koons handbag? The folks at replica Louis Vuitton handbags are betting on it with a new, 51-piece line of replica handbags, scarves and small leather goods designed by the artist that ranges in price from $595 for a Koons for LV keychain to $4,000 for a duffel. Then again, is it really a Koons?

Art critic Jerry Saltz calls Koons “the most reviled artist alive” for his slick, soulless representations of metallicized sculptures of balloon dogs and a white-faced Michael Jackson posing with his chimpanzee. Super-strange “monstrosities brought to beautiful Frankenstein life,” in Saltz’s words — which, like the taxidermy vitrines and diamond-encrusted skulls of fellow art provocateur Damien Hirst, have become status objects to fashion-conscious museums and collectors, their sky-high price tags driving the hyper-inflated art market.

All of which makes cheap Louis Vuitton choice of Koons so very interesting. On the heels of collaborations with Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse (who jazzed up the LV monogram on the house’s signature replica bags, respectively, with Japanese anime and graffiti), Vuitton has engaged Koons for its latest art world intervention — as if the fashion house itself were a sort of museum, and its designers were curators.

Clearly Koons gets how very “meta” this exercise is, as the artist has taken his own brilliant rip-offs of art’s greatest hits from his Gazing Ball series (think hand-painted replicas of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, and van Gogh’s Wheat Field with Cypresses) and plastered them across the replica handbags, each with the original great master’s name over it in bold letters as if they were pop icons or rock stars, and Vuitton bags were concert merch.

Which is perhaps the ultimate statement in carrying a bag with a luscious, semi-nude woman cavorting on the bedsheets with the name FRAGONARD printed across it as if it were a billboard — not for replica Louis Vuitton, this time, or even Jeff Koons — but for the visual bang of fine art itself.

As for me, I would have a hard time choosing between advertising the delicious Fragonard, Titian or Rubens. Although the enduring gaze of Mona Lisa, already a sort of brand or icon, is arguably the most on point.