Tons of Gorgeous, Rare Hermès Bags Just Arrived at Moda Operandi


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By now, what I’m about to tell you is well known to anyone likely to find her way to this little Internet home of ours. Hermès pieces, especially the bags, can be incredibly difficult to find, and although the brand offers a cursory selection of products on its website, the really good stuff is hidden in the back rooms of boutiques and generally offered only to clientele with whom the store’s associates are already familiar. The Internet, in its eternal resourcefulness, has brought together Heritage Auctions and Moda Operandi to allow us to circumvent the whole thing.

Heritage Auctions has long been periodically offering a selection of its finest pre-owned and vintage bags through Moda Operandi, and this time around, we’re being treated to Hermès handbags, luggage, silks and other little highly covetable odds-and-ends. Birkins start at $18,500 and range up from there to include exotics and limited edition pieces, including an ivory alligator Birkin that will set you back a whopping $99,500.

Check out our favorite pieces from the trunkshow below or shop the full selection via Moda Operandi through August 18.

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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

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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

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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

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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 Spirit of Travel Ad Campaign

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The journey is the destination; getting there is not as important as the experience of going. A new Louis Vuitton advertising campaign conjures the original spirit of travel for the next generation. The allure of the unknown, the thrill of exploration, the wonder of discovery – all are captured in a series of stunning images, shot in South Africa by Peter Lindbergh, styled by Carine Roitfeld, and starring models Karen Elson and Edie Campbell.

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has defined the art of travel, designing luggage which – with elegance and ingenuity – has accompanied explorers and pioneers, stars and statesmen, and stylish travellers everywhere. It was only natural that, for this new adventure, Louis Vuitton should select its emblematic Monogram canvas, created by Georges Vuitton in 1896, as the perfect travel companion. Supple, lightweight, waterproof, hardwearing and, of course, eternally elegant, the Monogram has travelled the world, gracing so many unfamiliar settings, so many unexpected situations, that it never, ever looks out of place.

On this latest expedition – described by Carine Roitfeld as “a journey to the extremes of elegance” – the two intrepid travellers are accompanied by three iconic Louis Vuitton bags: the Speedy, the Keepall and the Neverfull. Two new designs in the Monogram line are also given their first outing. The structured, ladylike Montaigne bag is a natural choice for Karen Elson, while the more casual Marias bag reflects the bohemian chic of Edie Campbell. Both models carry their bags with the same easy insouciance with which they wear Louis Vuitton’s intricately embellished Spring/Summer 2014 collection in the South African bush – a spirit of freedom that underlines the modernity of this new campaign. Never ask for directions; just be where you are.

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“We travelled to South Africa with almost complete creative license and a wonderful cast. Karen Elson and Edie Campbell are two young women traveling in a very personal, but not necessarily narrative way. Working without any layouts or prefixed ideas allowed us to create spontaneous and real situations. The result is charming and natural.” – Peter Lindbergh

Beyond the Monogram, beyond the models, beyond even the beauty of South Africa, its landscapes bathed in the golden light of dawn and dusk favoured by Peter Lindbergh, the star of this campaign is travel itself. Travel as an inspiration, an illumination. Travel as an art. Travel as an endless source of impressions and emotions, memories and moments of grace – three curious giraffes cautiously approaching to observe the shoot; a pair of lion cubs, playful as kittens; Edie Campbell, an accomplished equestrienne, sitting astride a zebra or – in one of the most arresting images of the campaign – perched high on a pile of trunks, almost literally on top of the world. To travel is to live.

The Louis Vuitton Spirit of Travel campaign will break in the April 2014 issues of magazines worldwide, accompanied by a film on digital media and the Louis Vuitton Pass app.

Photographer: Peter Lindbergh
Stylist: Carine Roitfeld
Models: Karen Elson, Edie Campbell
Hair: Sam McKnight
Makeup: Stéphane Marais
Sets: Andy Hillman

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Louis Vuitton Summer 2014 Collection

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Summer 2014 at Louis Vuitton is a festival of perfect pastels and sweet sorbet shades recalling Slim Aarons’ seductive images of the international jet set in the Sixties and Seventies. Quietly and coolly sophisticated, this is a collection that will stand out on the beach by day and, come the evening, by the pool for cocktails.

For an afternoon by the sea, the season’s essential tote comes in natural linen and cotton canvas with pastel leather trim, or else in Damier Azur. Both versions are printed with the heritage Articles de Voyage signature, and the natural canvas tote is lined with Summer 2014’s tropical flower print.

Sized up or down, in coral, pale yellow or both, this pattern also covers a cotton pareo, a silk square, a beach towel and, naturally, the glamorous zip-front swimsuit or bandeau bikini in which Louis Vuitton’s sophisticate takes her place in the sun.

As cocktail hour approaches, she slips out of her relaxed beach cover-up or crisp cotton shorts into something a little more formal – a fluid viscose floral-print dress, perhaps, or a baby-doll style as blue as the cloudless sky. She swaps her espadrilles for a pair of high-heeled wedges, but keeps the laid-back spirit of denim printed with the Articles de Voyage motif.

For evening, Louis Vuitton’s classic Epi leather in sunset shades of lilac, yellow, pink and coral dresses the neat Louise bag with its tone-on-tone LV initials clasp. Slung across the body on its slender strap, the Louise is casual and carefree. With the strap removed, it transforms into a chic clutch. Matched with strappy flat or wedge- heeled sandals in coral or pale yellow calfskin, the iconic Neverfull in Epi leather epitomizes the mood of easy, breezy elegance that infuses this Summer 2014 collection.

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Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Riviera

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The refreshing Damier Azur canvas is back this season in the form of a gorgeous summer bag. The Riviera in Damier Azur travels with laid-back elegance from brunch to shopping to cocktails by the pool. Its the spirit of summer, captured in a beautifully crafted handbag.

Riviera’s coated canvas body in the summery Damier Azur features natural cowhide accents such as the gorgeous intricately braided handles (for hand-carry), piping, borders and removable strap (for shoulder or cross-body carry). Other details include shiny golden brass hardware, an interior flat pocket, and 2 smartphone pockets. Lightweight and versatile, the Riviera is a stylish companion for a relaxed season.

Damier Azur Riviera comes in two sizes: PM (15″ x 9.1″ x 6.3″) and MM (18.5″ x 12.2″ x 7.5″). Available at Louis Vuitton stores for US$1650 and US$1810 for the PM and GM sizes respectively.

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Louis Vuitton L’Aventure Pop-Up Store Opens at Hong Kong Pacific Place

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“The Monogram must have been sent round every airport carousel in the world, and been through every cruise terminal and train station. The legendary signature has adventure embedded in its core”, says Tyler Brûlé, founder of Monocle magazine.

The “L’Aventure” pop-up store, an unprecedented space that highlights Louis Vuitton’s expert authority on travel, opens 4 April 2014 at The Space on 4/F at Louis Vuitton Pacific Place, Hong Kong, offering a selection of luggage in the legendary Monogram canvas, travel accessories, and looks for the modern traveller. From trunk beds destined for expeditions on the African continent to luggage designed to equip half-track vehicles across Asia, adventure is intrinsic to Louis Vuitton.

Designed in a collaboration by Tyler Brûlé with his team, the pop-up store, which has been transported from the prestigious Avenue Montaigne in Paris, France to Hong Kong to accompany great travelers of the modern age who crisscross the globe, is the perfect embodiment of the spirit of adventure. Upon entrance, a bold window display of brightly colored monkeys and LV’s classic trunks and bags dangling from a golden palm tree greets visitors. Inside, a leather hammock is positioned next to potted palms. Eyes are immediately drawn to artist Letman’s boldly colorful illustrated mural, depicting a playful rendition of LV personalization codes – a striking contrast against the store’s warm wood floors and dark wood ceilings. Opposite the mural, vintage trunks are displayed on shelves suspended by cowhide leather straps. Stepping in, you feel as if you’ve entered the golden age of travel, rediscovering a world where travelers think nothing of traversing continents with a dozen trunks.

“L’Aventure pays tribute to the spirit of travel, the thirst for conquering the unknown, and celebrates elegance on the move with tasteful and functional luggage that fulfill the requirements of each new generation of travelers, from the golden age of the ocean liner to the conquest of the air to the advent of the automobile.

To accompany globetrotters from the past to the present, wherever they may roam, this store will offer not only luggage and “L’Aventure” travel accessories, but also a number of unique services by artisans such as:

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– Personalization: the Maison offers a wide range of options for customizing luggage (Special Orders, Mon Monogram Service, hand painting or hot-stamping of your initials)

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– The Art of Packing: a demonstration of the art of packing your suitcase by a travel expert and evokes Louis Vuitton’s original profession of “clothes packer”

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– Repair: after-sales support and luggage repair by expert craftsmen

Twenty-six collector’s postcards will be available to visitors at the Pacific Place “L’Aventure” pop-up store, inspiring them to pack their bags and set off on their own adventure, in the style of the tips found in the Louis Vuitton City Guides.

The “L’Aventure” store wil be open to the public from 4 April 2014.

L’Aventure Pop-Up Store
Louis Vuitton Pacific Place
Level 4
Pacific Place
88 Queensway
Hong Kong

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