As the official timekeeper for the races, which take place in San Francisco for the next two months, the luxury retailer is introducing several timepieces inspired by the world of sailing with technological finesse. Each watch features what is known as the Regatta function, which marks the countdown of the last five minutes before the starting gun goes off for an America’s Cup race. The crown jewel is the Tambour America’s Cup Automatic Regatta , a limited edition offering of only 720 numbered watches referencing the 72-foot A72 catamarans used in the Cup. It sports a red-and-black dial with the America’s Cup logo, waterproof rubber strap and a Swiss automatic LV 171 chronograph movement. There is also a quartz version, with a limited edition of 1,851 watches, referencing the year of the first America’s Cup. The watch retails for $11,600. Other versions feature the Louis Vuitton Cup logo on the dial. Currently, boats are vying for the Louis Vuitton Cup in a challenger series for the right to sail against the American defender, Team Oracle USA, at the 34th America’s Cup, to be held Sept. 7 to 21.
Alexa Chung Wearing Louis Vuitton Heels 2011
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Quite the man bag! Justin Theroux totes a large Louis Vuitton duffel as he struts through the Big Apple in skinny jeans and motorcycle boots
At that time, Arnault publicly admitted for the first time that Louis Vuitton, LVMH’s biggest contributor to profits, was at risk of being too ubiquitous. To counter that perception, Arnault said the brand would move upscale and expand its leather bag offering while pruning its portfolio of LV-embossed canvas bags which make up two third of its business and generate gross margins of around 90 percent. LVMH Finance Director Jean-Jacques Guiony on Friday said Louis Vuitton’s margins rose in the first half, both at the operating and gross level, reversing a decline which analysts estimate started two or three years ago. “People feared that less canvas and more leather could impact Louis Vuitton’s margins,” said Exane BNP Paribas analyst Luca Solca. HSBC calculated that Louis Vuitton’s operating margin fell to 42 percent from 44 percent between 2011 and 2012. RELIEF Sales growth at LVMH’s fashion and leather goods division, of which Louis Vuitton makes up 75 percent of sales, doubled in the second quarter to 6 percent from 3 percent in the previous three months on a like-for-like basis. “It is a relief that there is an improvement in the second quarter and that the margin (at LV) stopped deteriorating,” said Zurich-based Andrea Gerst, who helps run the Julius Baer Luxury Brands fund with 417 million euros ($551.92 million)under management. Referring to Louis Vuitton’s performance regionally, Guiony said trading in Asia was “flattish,” in the United States “in the mid-single digits” while in Japan and Europe, it was “a bit higher or a bit lower than double digit.” Guiony added that the bulk of Chinese demand today was from tourists and estimated overall Chinese demand for the brand to be in “mid-single digits” terms. Analysts estimate that growth in the global luxury goods industry will slow down to around 6-8 percent in 2012, or about twice the level of global GDP growth depending on estimates, compared with 10 percent growth last year. Luxury investors and analysts said they expected trading to continue to improve in the second half of the year, partly thanks to the return of Chinese customers, the world’s biggest buyers of luxury goods.
Michelle Williams smoulders in edgy fashion shoot
As a testament to this, we’ve spotted Alexa Chung making use of one very chic pair of Louis Vuitton heels. Her bow-adorned pumps have served her well through fashion parties and premieres (year after year), adding a sweet, polished touch to every look. And because we love when fashion is also functional, we’re big fans of this low heel ! You may not be running out to score a pair of Louis Vuittons, but after a glimpse of Alexa showing off their styling potential, you may just want to shop something similar. We’ve already done the legwork just click through for a closer look at her sweet footwear, then shop a pair for yourself. Whats Your Reaction? 0 0 0 0 0 0 When you have a favorite style or treasured item in your closet, there’s nothing wrong with giving it the attention it deserves by wearing it all the time. As a testament to this, we’ve spotted Alexa Chung making use of one very chic pair of Louis Vuitton heels. Her bow-adorned pumps have served her well through fashion parties and premieres (year after year), adding a sweet, polished touch to every look. And because we love when fashion is also functional, we’re big fans of this low heel !
Michelle Williams is a Stunner in These New Louis Vuitton Ads
Here are the first campaign images from the Oscar-nominated actress new gig as the face of Louis Vuitton. The ads, which will appear in September and October magazines, are for the brands new handbags, the W and the Capucines. Michelle Williams was selected by Louis Vuitton for her independent spirit with which she has forged her path through Hollywood defined by her outstanding talent, her passion for craft, and her choice of daring and challenging roles, the French fashion house said in a statement. [via PEOPLE] [Courtesy Louis Vuitton] Williams, 32, is no stranger to Louis Vuitton. In February 2012, Williams donned a burnt orange LV gown for the 84th Academy Awards. (While she was a winner on the red carpet, the My Week With Marilyn starlost the Best Actress Oscar to the one and only Meryl Streep ). [Courtesy Getty Images] Williams, who was most recently seen in Oz the Great and Powerful as Glinda the Good Witch, is currently filming the World War II movie Suite francaise with Kristin Scott Thomas.
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The 41-year-old carried a Louis Vuitton duffel in his right hand and the physical strain of the endeavour made the corded tendons and veins of his well-toned arms stand out impressively, displaying the lean condition of his vegetarian’s body. Keeping fit: Justin Theroux carried a leather duffel bag as he showed off his muscular arms in New York, on Tuesday The high end travel bag, made of rich brown and tan leather, appeared to be quite weighted down, as the clearly fit actor seemed to have trouble lugging it down the street. ‘It’s a scary thing to revisit those things underneath’: Lady Gaga looks unrecognisable as she posts make-up free snap In keeping with his fashionable luggage, Justin sported freshly polished motorcycle boots along with dark skinny jeans. Topping his getup was a light blue T-shirt as he wore tough guy aviator sunglasses and a New York Yankees cap. He’s so vein! Justin’s forearms were corded with vascular effort as he carried a knapsack and his LV bag Contemplative mood: The 41-year-old cut a thoughtful figure as he walked alone in the city streets Slung over his shoulder was a knapsack and an army green jacket as his wrist displayed an expensive looking watch. The nephew of famed travel writer Paul Theroux looked to be embarking on a mini sojourn of his own as he was loaded down with his pricey baggage.
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Adding to the glamorous look is her outfit created by Marc Jacobs, who is the creative director of Louis Vuitton. CLICK ON PHOTOS TO ENLARGE She poses with two of the brand’s new luxe handbags the W and Capucines carryalls in tan and black. The shoot, photographed by Peter Lindbergh, marks Michelle’s first major fashion campaign. Michelle has a good relationship with Louis Vuitton. For the 2012 Oscars, where she was up for the Best Actress award, she wowed in a vibrant gown by the Italian fashion house. With a ruched bustline and peplum detailing, the burnt orange number had a distinct prom vibe and ensured that Michelle stood out from the crowd.
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Now, its most pressing challenge is to maintain the image of exclusivity built from its beginnings as a trunk maker to European royalty even as it continues to push for bigger sales in China. Louis Vuitton’s new women’s store at the Shin Kong Place in Beijing, with sections dedicated to luggage, handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories, is seen as a way to highlight among Chinese consumers the brand’s heritage of exclusivity. The Chinese are now the world’s top luxury spenders, making one out of every four luxury purchases globally, according to a report by consulting firm Bain & Company. “With this new store we would like to take a step further and provide adapted shopping experience and service for our sophisticated clientele,” Philippe Fortunato, president of Louis Vuitton China, says in a statement. Last year, in the annual China Luxury Study conducted by Bain, the French label fell to second place among Chinese women’s “most desired luxury brands” after being in the top spot the previous two surveys.