The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie Experience

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Haute Maroquinerie, high leathergoods… objects of desire, the pinnacle of Louis Vuitton’s craftsmanship and the ultimate shopping experience. This exclusive service allows every woman to create a unique bag of her own, by choosing the style, the leather and the color according to her preference. Understated elegance. Perfect for the most discerning, for the leather connoisseurs.

Only a handful of Louis Vuitton stores offer this service. But luckily, the Haute Maroquinerie is touring around the world giving women a chance to experience the service without having to travel abroad to the Haute Maroquinerie salons. The Haute Maroquinerie caravan is currently in Manila at the Louis Vuitton Greenbelt 4 store in Makati City.

I was invited by Louis Vuitton Philippines to see and experience the Haute Maroquinerie service. And here’s what happened.

Step 1: The Shapes

Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie The Shapes The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie Experience

The Haute Maroquinerie private customization session takes place at the VIP Salon. Upon entering, clients are offered a gorgeous Louis Vuitton canapé and dessert set prepared by Chef Colin Mackay of Sala Restaurant. The customization session begins with the client choosing from five different shapes inspired by the Maison’s most iconic pieces; Lockit, Triangle, Noé, Néo-Steamer (Trapèze) and Milaris (Berlingot).

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Sac Lockit – Closed or even padlocked, yes, but nonetheless open to the winds of modernity. Created in 1958, the curved lines, like a taut architectural sketch, translated into instant success for this bag. Time has brought volume and suppleness to its impeccable appearance. Available in PM, MM and GM sizes.

Sac Triangle – This “work bag” was designed in 1934 to accompany women involved with needlework wherever they went. Renamed the Triangle in the 1980s, its originality has brought it back to the forefront.

Sac Noé – This chic bucket was named after the biblical character Noah. If ever there had been a flood, it would have been one of Champagne. Created in 1932 to transport five bottles of the “divine brew”, this drawstring bag worn over the shoulder brings a dash of classicism to today’s elegant woman. Available in PM and GM sizes.

Sac Néo-Steamer (Trapèze) – Introduced in 2011, the bag’s mysterious shape hints at well-kept secrets. An exception to the rules of geometry, this bag shows off its originality with a casual elegance.

Sac Milaris (Berlingot) – It’s a craving. Gourmand and desirable, round and square, supple and roomy. Carried in the hand or slipped into the crook of the elbow, it opens wide to more easily accommodate all that you need for a day, a week or forever. Available in PM and GM sizes.

I chose the bi-color Milaris PM because of its supple and plump silhouette. It may look small on the outside but once opened, the interior space is very generous. Also, Milaris has a secret pocket, which adds a nice touch.

Step 2: The Leathers and Color

Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie The Leathers The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie Experience

After deciding on the shape, Ms. Angela opened the Haute Maroquinerie trunk. Spread out in front of me were swatch books of the finest leathers I have ever seen, in a myriad of different colors ranging from neutrals to trendy brights.

The colors are divided into three families: Traditional LV Colors which features the signature House colors like Blanc, Blanc Cassé, Gris Souris, Taupe, Noir, Moka, Brun, Tabac and Caramel. Next are the Timeless Colors, which is a classical palette composed of Cassis, Violet, Iris Noir, Rouge, Bleu Marine, Bleu Océan, Bleu Canard and Bleu Azur. And last, the bright Vibrant Colors which include Vert Forèt, Kiwi, Pomme, Pistache, Ocre, Mandarine, Capucine, Grenade and Aubergine. Cognac is also available as an exclusive color for the Nomade leather.

Haute Maroquinerie 14 The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie ExperienceThe Haute Maroquinerie trunk that houses the leather and hardware swatches.

Haute Maroquinerie 15 The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie ExperienceThe leathers divided into three groups of colors.

Haute Maroquinerie 16 The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie ExperienceVeau Ecorce swatch book.

The exceptional leathers are broken down into three distinct groups. Supple Calf Leathers, Firm Leathers, and Exotic Leathers.

The Supple calf leathers were unbelievably soft with varying differences in thickness and the size of the grain. Veau Ecorce has this very prominent grain which I adore. It’s the thickest of the 3 supple leathers and is suitable for both supple and structured bag shapes. Veau Bougiehad a very fine full grain as the skins came from young calves and feature a waxed finish. It’s the supplest one out of the 3 Supple leathers and is suitable for supple bag shapes. And theVeau Soie, smooth as silk. It has very fine and elegant texture, underlining the transparency of the skin and the natural slight grain of the calf. It’s the smoothest of the 3 supple leathers, but it’s more prone to surface scratches.

The Firm leathers. Chèvre Frisson, a goatskin, sourced from India has an outstanding strong grain as a result of a hand massage graining process, wrinkle is regular. It’s the only goat leather at Louis Vuitton and is both structured and relaxed for a very elegant frequent use. Chèvre Frisson comes in 8 colors: Blanc, Gris Souris, Noir, Moka, Kiwi, Grenade, Rouge and Bleu Marine.

Another Firm leather is the Nomade cowhide leather. It has a natural, even and delicate grain. Vegetal tanning was used to keep the total transparency of the skin. No additional coating was applied. Even in the darkest colors, all the natural characteristics of the leather are visible, each bag being unique. Some wrinkles may be visible on the surface of the skin as proof of authenticity. It only comes in dark earthy colors due to its vegetal tanning: Noir, Moka, Tabac, Iris Noir and Cognac.

The last of the Firm leathers is the Veau Box, made from young calf. It has a fine grain, with natural and very regular wrinkles. This leather has a brilliant sheen that gives it sophistication. It comes in 5 colors. Unfortunately, Box is not available in the collection at the moment.

Haute Maroquinerie 17 The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie ExperienceExotic crocodiliens swatch book.

The final leather group: the Exotics. The crocodiliens swatch book carries the most beautiful samples of crocodile leather in matte and brilliant finishes – both available in 16 colors.

For my bi-color Milaris, I chose the Veau Ecorce leather because I’m a big fan of textures. I wanted the bag to be light, calm and easy on the eyes so I chose Taupe for the front and back parts of the bag and Bleu Azur for the side gussets. The combination was so beautiful.

Haute Maroquinerie 19 The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie ExperienceDoublures / lining swatch book.

After picking the exterior leather and colors, I was given a swatch book for the doublures or the lining. Haute Maroquinerie offers two interior leather options: goatskin or lambskin. Goatskin is a grained leather that is both supple and resistant; it is thicker than the lambskin lining and is recommended for a bag with character inside. Lambskin, on the other hand, is totally smooth, without marked grain. It’s as soft as silk, very buttery with a sensual and intimate feel. However, lambskin is extremely sensitive to scratches.

After touching and comparing the swatches, I had no second thought of choosing the lambskin. As for the interior leather color, I can only choose between the two exterior leather colors I picked earlier. I chose Bleu Azur. It made the interior look fresh and spacious.

Step 3: The Hardware

Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie The Hardware The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie Experience

Next up is the hardware. There are two options available: gold and palladium. Discreetness is a key word for the Haute Maroquinerie collection. The hardware showcases a simple Louis Vuitton Paris engraved on the padlock. The LV Monogram is nowhere to be seen. I picked palladium hardware for my cool-colored Milaris.

Haute Maroquinerie 22 The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie ExperienceHardware.

Step 4: The Personalization

Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie The Construction The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie Experience

To make the bag truly yours, you will be given the option to add a personalization patch with your name (or name of your loved ones) that is heat-stamped on a piece of leather and will be sewn into the interior leather lining.

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Haute Maroquinerie 23 The Louis Vuitton Haute Maroquinerie ExperienceMy very own Haute Maroquinerie handbag.

My bag was a Taupe and Bleu Azur bi-color Milaris PM in Veau Ecorce, with a Bleu Azur lambskin lining and Palladium hardware. I looked at my Milaris on the flat screen, admiring every angle. I was very happy with it!

After a 50% down payment, the order will then be sent to the Louis Vuitton workshops in Asnières, France. It will take between six months (for the Supple and Firm leather bags) and a year (for the Exotic bags) to be completed.

Haute Maroquinerie Caravan at Louis Vuitton Philippines

Haute Maroquinerie is by appointment only and the caravan is set to leave the country on the last week of February 2014. So if every you’re interested with the Haute Maroquinerie, call Louis Vuitton Philippines at (02) 756-0637 for inquiries on booking an appointment slot.

Thanks so much to Louis Vuitton Philippines PR Manager Daniela Fénix San Agustin, Louis Vuitton Philippines PR Assistant Mary Reyes, and Louis Vuitton Assistant Store Manager Angela Poblador-Antonio for this fun and memorable experience!

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Louis Vuitton BMW i8 Luggage Set

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Louis Vuitton, pioneer in the art of travel, has partnered with BMW i to create a tailor-made set of luggage crafted in carbon fibre for the newly launched BMW i8.

THe four-piece set of exclusive suitcases and bags have been carefully designed to follow the sleek lines of the most progressive sports car: the BMW i8. Each piece calls on Louis Vuitton’s heritage of craftsmanship and innovation, bringing together leading edge design and materials with exacting, careful construction.

Soft, flexible bags and semi-rigid thermoformed cases have been cleverly calibrated, down to the last millimeter. They stack and fit together in an ingenious way in order to allow the driver to carry their most treasured possessions in style and security, without compromising the comfort and elegance of luxury travel.

The Collection

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Business Case i8
 15.7″ x 13″ x 4.7″
Price: US$7150

The Business Case i8 comprises of two ultra-resistant, thermocompressed semi-rigid shells that perfectly follow the curves of the back seat of the BMW i8. It also leaves the space for the Weekender PM i8 to slide on top of it.

Business Case i8 features two interior flat pockets, four credit card slots, two pen holders, two interior elastic straps, punched microfiber lining with underlying blue highlights, cowhide leather trimmings including luggage tag, laser engraved logo onto the Damier carbon fiber fabric, zipped closure and aluminum and silver brass metallic pieces including a padlock.

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Weekender PM i8
 15.4″ x 17.3″ x 13.8″
Price: US$6750

The Weekender PM i8 is designed to lie snugly on the flat surface of the business case on the back seat of the BMW i8. Like the other pieces of the set, it features a specially designed handle, a natural leather luggage tag and the famous Louis Vuitton padlock that has become one of the House’s best known emblems.

Weekender PM i8 featuers an interior zipped pocket, flat pocket, punched microfiber lining with underlying blue highlights, cowhide leather trimmings including luggage tag and handles’ fastener, laser engraved Louis Vuitton logo onto the Damier carbon fiber fabric, zipped closure, and aluminum and silver brass metallic pieces including padlock.

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Weekender GM i8
 20.5″ x 16.5″ x 11.0″
Price: US$7600

Reinterpreting one of Louis Vuitton’s most iconic shapes, the Weekender GM i8 is a large and soft travel bag that is designed to be handheld or carried on the shoulder. Its a perfect fit for the boot of the BMW i8.

Weekender GM i8 featuers a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, interior zipped pocket, flat pocket, punched microfiber lining with underlying blue highlights, cowhide leather trimmings including luggage tag and handles’ fastener, laser engraved Louis Vuitton logo onto the Damier carbon fiber fabric, zipped closure, and aluminum and silver brass metallic pieces including padlock.

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Garment Bag i8
 9.8″ x 64.2″ x 3.5″
Price: US$4550

The Garment Bag i8 slips perfectly onto the car’s rear parcel shelf. With two rounded handles and a removable address tag on the outside, as well as two hangers protected by a zip-up microfiber sheath, on the inside it offers the very best protection for suits and shirts.

Garment Bag i8 features two interior removable hangers, punched microfiber lining with underlying blue highlights, cowhide leather trimmings including luggage tag and handles’ fastener, laser engraved Louis Vuitton logo onto the Damier carbon fiber fabric, zipped closure, and aluminum and silver brass metallic pieces including padlock.

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Louis Vuitton Presents “A Tribute to Heroines”

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Louis Vuitton proudly presents A Tribute to Heroines: an exploration of art featuring Filipino contemporary artists: Ferdinand Cacnio, Chati Coronel, Olivia d’Aboville, Ramon Orlina and Popo San Pascual. The selection of artworks salutes femininity, its beauty and strength. This event commemorates Louis Vuitton’s 20th year in the Philippines.

“We have brought together five exemplary artists who have interpreted the essence of femininity in various art forms. We are proud to present these to our guests as we enter a new decade with them, solidifying the memorable relationships we have nurtured through the years. Due to the recent turn of events brought about by Typhoon Haiyan, we would like to make this occasion more meaningful by donating proceeds of the sale of the artworks to SOS Children’s Villages in Tacloban City. The donation will support the rebuilding of the village for the displaced children.”, said Rhea De Vera-Aguirre, Country Manager.

“The concept of showing artworks in the store is new in the Philippines. This event signifies our commitment globally in sharing our passion for art and creativity with more audience here.”, said Emily Zhou, General Manager (Louis Vuitton Micronesia and Philippines).

Power and Grace Ferdinand Cacnio Louis Vuitton Presents A Tribute to Heroines

“Power and Grace” is Ferdinand Cacnio’s homage to the feminine form. After 20 years in graphic design, Cacnio forged his way into the realm of fine arts at the age of 45. In 2005, he was awarded the top prize by the Art Association of the Philippines. He went on to garner awards in 2008 and 2010 with the Gintong Parangal (Golden Award) for Culture and Arts by the City of Malabon and the prestigious Parangal Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan (Arts and Culture Guide Award) by the City of Manila, respectively. Known for his ability to “tame” the stiffness of metal, Cacnio once more created a stunning sculpture in Power and Grace to capture rhythm and energy, exquisite grace and the professional skill of a female dancer.

Neck Chati Coronel Louis Vuitton Presents A Tribute to Heroines

Chati Coronel found her most honest fulfillment in painting after obtaining her degree in architecture as her artistic backbone. She paints layer over layer of strokes and images until each painting has a history to tell. Her work, “Neck”, purposely attempts to veer away from the obvious leanings of portraiture to reveal seemingly ordinary yet universal aspects of being. In her artist statement, Coronel cites a compassion meditation from the Dalai Lama as the inspiration for UnPortraits: “In order to generate compassion for someone, one can meditate on something ordinary that you have in common with that person.”

Echinoderm 3 Olivia dAboville Louis Vuitton Presents A Tribute to Heroines

“Echinoderm 3” is one of the latest works by young French-Filipino artist Olivia d’Aboville. Graduating with honors from Duperré, a prestigious Textile Design school in Paris, d’Aboville experiments with textiles and everyday materials to create artworks inspired by nature.From plastic spoons to pins and water bottles, d’Aboville is fascinated by ordinary mass-produced objects. These objects refer to our society and our lifestyle that are inevitably destroying our environment and polluting our seas. She manipulates and recycles materials to create new work. For every interesting element that inspires her, she asks herself: “What can I do with this? Can I cut it, bend it, heat it, stretch it, accumulate it and create a new form?”

A Mothers Strength Ramon Orlina Louis Vuitton Presents A Tribute to Heroines

Ramon Orlina’s exquisite glass sculptures offer multi-dimensional perspectives unlike any other. “A Mother’s Strength” is Orlina’s testament to motherhood. His work echoes a deep reverence for motherhood and depicts the mother in the pinnacle of the home, binding the family together. Orlina’s reputation extends to art circles and patrons in the Philippines and all over the world. He has been conferred two prestigious ASEAN Awards in the field of visual arts. In 2006, he was bestowed The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for having led a life of excellence in the field of arts and having contributed immensely to public welfare and national development.

Botanica Popo San Pascual Louis Vuitton Presents A Tribute to Heroines

Renowned painter and Thirteen Artists Awardee, Popo San Pascual, revisits his blue period and celebrates the beauty and grand design of life through “Botanica”. The monochromatic departure serves as an interlude from vibrant interplay of colors which he is known for. Although he applies the same playful brush strokes to achieve the dreamlike appeal, the effect is evocative and is as delicate as fine porcelain. Inspired by endemic Philippine orchids that he painstakingly cares for in his garden, San Pascual takes a personal approach towards the exotic characteristics of these rare floral varieties that rise from cooled volcanic lava. He likens a refined yet strong woman to an orchid: its stem is strong yet flexible; it waits for the perfect time to bloom and when it does, it exhibits its endurance as no other flower.

The Louis Vuitton Philippines store in Greenbelt 4, Makati City will feature the artworks from 09 to 15 December 2013. A silent sale of the art pieces will be for the benefit of SOS Children’s Village Tacloban, the charity partner of Louis Vuitton Philippines.

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Louis Vuitton Chapman Precious Rug

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For Fall/Winter 2013, Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Studio and Style Director commissioned British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman to create an interpretation of a French baroque floral print to be used as key motifs for the collection. “I sat down with Jake Chapman and we talked through the idea of a Garden in Hell”, says Jones. “This was the phrase Diana Vreeland famously used to describe her apartment. It was something we both responded to, that and all of the unusual animals to be found in the Himalayas.”

The designs commissioned to the Chapman Brothers appear in one of the standout accessories of the Fall/Winter 2013 collection: the Chapman Precious Rug – a richly colored rug woven with the neo-baroque pattern of fantastical flora and fauna. These anthropomorphic animals and creatures appear almost like the Chapman’s own spin on the Buddhist idea of “wrathful deities”, fearsome talismanic protectors from evil and a bridge between the natural and supernatural world this season.

The Chapman Precious Rug features a luxurious blend of silk (73%) and cashmere (27%) making it a super soft and cozy accessory for cold weather. A hand-embroidered Louis Vuitton signature adds a lavish detail, a perfect crowning touch. Chapman Precious Rug measures 54.3″ x 76.8″ and is priced at US$3800. This item is super rare and is only available in select Louis Vuitton stores. So if you happen to bump into one of these, you should definitely get it!

Louis Vuitton Chapman Rug Louis Vuitton Chapman Precious RugLouis Vuitton Chapman Rug. Wool/Cashmere/Silk blend. Digitally printed Chapman brothers motif & Louis Vuitton signature. US$1750.

A more “affordable” version of the rug is also available. This time, the Chapman brothers motif and Louis Vuitton signature is digitally printed onto the fabric. The fabric composition is also different: 80% wool, 15% cashmere, 5% silk. Priced at US$1750.

About the Chapman Brothers

Dinos Chapman was born in London in 1962 and Jake Chapman was born in Cheltenham in 1966. They both graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1990 and worked as assistants to Gilbert and George before beginning to collaborate in 1992. The Chapmans weave a vast range of associations into their work using material from all areas of the cultural landscape including philosophical theory, art history, and consumer culture. They engage with inflammatory subjects and use subversive strategies to produce works that defiantly refuse straightforward interpretation.

The Chapman brothers were nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003.

“For Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection, we were commissioned to create our own interpretation of a French baroque floral print. Using hand-painted watercolor artworks from our archives, and inspired by the intricacies of Himalayan traditional arts, we added twisted and surprising elements to the creeping floral design; subverting and reinventing the classic.”

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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2015 Bag Collection Preview

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Following up on our previous post, the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2015 Collection by Juergen Teller. We highlighted the Losange tote bag, which was diamond quilted, in red and refined in golden hardware. We absolutely love that and today, we are revealing you why. But instead of explaining, you need to glance at the pictures yourself.


Notice how the LV is engraved on the front flap, they are not boring and flat. They want to pop out, very shiny and luxurious. The golden chain is killing-me-softly, I just hope they will include a shoulder strap, Nicolas please…


If the above’s tote bag is too much for you, I mean: ‘red is not for everyone’ right? Then perhaps this bag will suit your style, it’s in monogram and has a playful closure embellished on the front flap.


You got classic speedy, the neverfull, but you desire more of the iconic’s, this is a new bag that will be released for the Cruise 2015 Collection. The sides look like being wrapped around each other, reminding me of the latest Dior Addict Tote Bags.


And if cream is all what you want on your cake, then for the next season, carry a tote in plain white. This bag is streamlined (Louis Vuitton finally!!!) and it’s not even trying to scream: ‘I’m Louis Vuitton, look at me’. A tiny LV logo on the right bottom, just the way I like it.

We will post the prices and details later on, this collection has not yet been released, therefore information are limited. Like our Facebook page to the updates.







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Louis Vuitton The Icon And The Iconoclasts Celebrating Monogram Ad Campaign

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The ‘Monogram Canvas’, symbol of Louis Vuitton. In 1854 Louis Vuitton established the house, but it’s his son Georges Vuitton that created the monogram in 1896, in honor of its father and it was also the day that an icon was born.

When the Monogram appeared, it was revolutionary. In the hands of Georges Vuitton, he transformed the icon into a universal symbol of modernity and today, the symbol has captured the minds of the people all around the globe.


In 1965 Gaston-Louis Vuitton recounted how his father, Georges Vuitton, had created the motifs on theMonogram Canvas: ‘First of all, the initials of the company – LV – are interlaced in such a way as to remain perfectly legible. Then a diamond. To give a specific character to the shape, he made the sides concave with a four-petal flower in the centre. Then the extension of this flower in a positive image. Finally, a circle containing a flower with four rounded petals.’

The Monogram is now recognised globally as a defining signature, both literally and metaphorically, of the House of Louis Vuitton. As it has travelled through time, certain of its features and meanings remain the same. Blurring the boundaries between craftsmanship, art and design, Louis Vuitton has repeatedly embraced the notions of innovation, collaboration and daring throughout The Monogram’s history.

It is within this context that Louis Vuitton’s ‘Celebrating Monogram’ project appears this year. It is a collection of works that shows the distinctly personal side of the Monogram; re-presenting something we think we all know in an extraordinary, individual and idiosyncratic way. Six creative iconoclasts – the best in their individual fields – who blur the lines between fashion, art, architecture and product design, have been given carte blanche to dictate and make whatever they see fit in the patterned canvas.








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