Archive for the ‘Luxury Goods’ Category

Accessories: Gucci’s Heritage Tour for the New Pelham Collection

April 21, 2010

 Gucci wants to give its customer’s a lesson in history. Well, almost. The brand is hosting a tour series across the U.S. for the launch of their New Pelham Collection.

The Artisan Corner program will feature some of the country’s most skilled Italian leather craftsman to created customized bags for Gucci customers. The workshops will hit Gucci boutiques in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Chicago and New York,  ending on April 29th.

The Artisan Corner previously hosted events in Tokyo, Osaka, Rome and Paris last month. Stateside, San Francisco will be the first stop. Gucci VIP customers have been invited to participate and have the option of purchasing the customized bags complete with their embossed initials. Bags purchased at the events will have an embossed plaque on the bag’s interior with the location and date of the event. Bags prices range from $465 to $18,000, for an exotic skins.

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Fashion & Style News: Luxury Goods Are Still Selling

April 14, 2010
 Everybody loves a Louis Vuitton.

The recession isn’t stopping some luxury brands from raking in the cash. LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey) have seen significant improvement in the sales of their brands. March ended with about $6.2 million in sales $5.26 million during that time in 2009. In plain English, sales increased by 13%.


LVMH has seen dramatic increased in all of its business divisions including a 10% increased fashion and leather goods; 12% in perfumes and cosmetics; 13% in selective retailing; 20% in wines and spirits, and 34% in watches and jewelry.

Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs, who also fall under the LVMH umbrella saw an increase in sales as well, while Celine closed up shop at a few of their stores. Dior revenues reached nearly $250 million compared last year’s $221 million. Sometimes you just can’t keep a good brand down. 

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Fashion & Style News: Freida Pinto & Halle Berry don Asprey Jewels

November 10, 2009
Halle Berry wears the Asprey Rose pendant. 

Hollywood loves bling and Asprey jewels are no exception. Oscar-award winning actress Halle Berry donned an Asprey Rose pendant at the Celebration of Babies this past Saturday in Beverly Hills at the Four Seasons Hotel (see CFB Photos post). The Rose pendant features brilliant diamonds, pink sapphires and pink opal.

Freida Pinto in the Daisy diamond collection.

Freida Pinto, not to be outdone wore the  Asprey Daisy Diamond collection featuring a pair of classic daisy drop earrings and the daisy bracelet at the Britannia Awards/BAFTA L.A. last week in Los Angeles. Berry’s jewels were not only worn for a good look but for a good cause. The pendant Rose pendant was later raffled off to raise money in support of the March of Dimes.

Asprey was founded in 1781 in South London. Visit Asprey.com to view the lastest collections or find a store near you.

Asprey Beverly Hills is located at The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California.
For an appointment call (310) 550-0520.

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Fashion & Style News: Louis Vuitton Opens Flagship in Dallas

November 2, 2009
The entrance to the Louis Vuitton store at Northpark.

Louis Vuitton is showing Dallas how its done. The luxury retailer just opened its first flagship store in Northpark Centre (my favorite Dallas mall), the brand’s largest in the city. The store is also the first to carry watches, a good thing for those time conscious Dallasites who like to be on time for everything.

The Northpark store is one of three in the U.S. to feature the bronze sculpture “Suitcase in Exile” by Vincent Dubourg. The store faces the mall’s center garden, a serene setting in contrast to the parking lot that resided there just a few short years ago.

The store’s decor is worthy of praise, with Murano chandeliers, a two-story atrium, a shoe and bag salon and a handbag bar. (Cocktails anyone?) The rear atrium features a boutique with luggage, watches, and antique trunks. The store which opened on Tuesday is part of Louis Vuitton’s serious investment in the Dallas market. The brand renovated the 3,800 square foot store at the Dallas Galleria a little over a year ago.

Louis Vuitton Northpark Centre
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 361-8566
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Fashion & Style News: Fendi Has a New Leader

September 2, 2009

Luxury brand Fendi North America has hired a new president, Stacy Van Praagh to lead it into it’s next era. Van Praagh’s previous post was as vice president of sales at Oscar de La Renta.

Like most other luxury brands, Fendi has seen a dip in profit although the company’s ready-to-wear and footwear sectors have experienced moderate growth. Beginning with the fall-winter season, Saks Fifth Avenue will showcase Fendi ready-to-wear in it’s newly redesigned floor.

Fendi merchandise can be found in Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Jeffrey. Fendi plans to open a boutique at the CityCenter in Las Vegas.

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