LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault’s Super Yacht-Symphony

LV-CEO-Bernard-ArnaultLet me introduce the CEO of LVMH( Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) which is primarily the holding company of Louis Vuitton, Mr. Bernard Arnault.  Bernard is a 68 year old Frenchman who first stepped up to the plate as the CEO and chairman of Louis Vuitton in 1989. Since then he has lead the luxury brand and it’s fine products to become the leading luxury group.  While the actual Louis Vuitton and his sons built the brand from the ground up Bernard Arnault has done a miraculous job not only keeping the brand at the top of its competitors but also maintaining its luxurious styles and coveted bags, attire, luggage and shoes.   What is a man of this stature actually worth? Arnault has a net worth of 61.6 billion dollars and is considered the second richest person in Europe. He is also undoubtedly listed as one of the top 10 billionaires on the Forbes list. So what exactly does he like to do when he isn’t running and maintaining Louis Vuittons luxury brand?  He loves yachting! And not only does he love yachting he also is an expert yachter and perhaps has one of the biggest most luxurious yachts out there. Not surprising for a man that maintains one of the most popular luxury brands! If you haven’t read our post on the actual Louis Vuitton and how his brand came about now is the time to do so.  Starting from the ground up and very humble if not poor beginnings Louis Vuitton pioneered his brand and left a legacy that was able to be maintained and continue to grow especially with the skills and work of a man such a Bernard Arnault.

Bernard began his love for yachts with the purchase of a 70 foot research vessel,Symphony-arnault-yacht Amadeus, he purchased in 2007.  From there he renovated the giant ship converting the entire main deck into the master suite with 2 guest cabins and 2 twin cabins located on the yacht as well.  He also completely had the interior of the boat redone. A vinyl boat wrapping expert we spoke with knew of the famous yacht and the renovations that followed. In fact Bert, the owner of Marine Wraps spoke of how many boat wrapping experts would have pulled teeth to be part of such a luxurious boat renovation.  He stated that it’s not everyday you see a project that large and with the capacity and money to do so much. If Bert and his company could have bid for the job he said he had numerous ideas of what he could have done to add class and comfort. From vinyl wrapping the exterior of th massive ship to the interior as well its a project he would have loved to even have been a small part of.  However, Bernard decided to have this particular ship rebuilt in Taiwan. After its completion he enjoyed the beautiful yacht for a bit and then sold it to buy his pride and joy, the 101 meter Symphony yacht! This amazing super yacht is the biggest yacht built by Feadship. It boasts a golf tee located on the upper deck for guests to practice their swing. What’s even better is that the golf balls used are specially designed to biodegrade once they fall into the sea.

Being able to own and maintain a yacht such as the Symphony definitely comes with a hefty price tag.  Bernard Arnault definitely can afford it thanks to the billions he has amassed from running the Louis Vuitton luxury brand.  Perhaps one day Bert and his company will get the chance to work on one of his next yachts. What we can say is a huge thank you to the late Louis Vuitton for taking his talents and creating such a beautiful and classic brand that will continue to prosper..  

Coated Canvas vs. Authentic Leather

louis-vuitton-luxury-brandMany people have the misconception that Louis Vuitton bags are made out of leather, or at least all leather at that.  However, did you know that while there are parts on Louis Vuitton handbags that are made from real leather most Louis Vuitton bags are made from coated canvas!  Coated canvas is not leather at all and instead is a layer of cotton canvas that is coated with PVC, a plastic derivative.  Coated canvas actually makes the bag a lot lighter and a lot more durable than other luxury handbags that are made from authentic real leather.  It also makes Louis Vuitton bags a better investment! Still there are a lot who wonder how Louis Vuitton brand bags and such can be so pricy when they are just made from coated canvas.  The fact is the production process for Louis Vuitton bags is much more of an in depth process than other coated canvas handbags, and their is a definite distinction with Louis Vuitton!

LV-coated-canvasFacts On Coated Canvas Louis Vuitton Handbags

  • Goes through 100 stages during production process before it can be sold on retail shelves.
  • Louis Vuitton bag trim is made from authentic cowhide leather
  • Much More Durable
  • A lot lighter and great for those with back and shoulder issues
  • Only the highest quality materials are used in production

For those that are wondering what types of leathers are used for luxury handbags outside of coated canvas………

3 Basic Leathers Used For Luxury Handbags:

Full-Grain Leather-  Made from only the finest of all natural hides and have no imperfections at all!  This leather is extremely durable and offers excellent quality and a smooth texture

Corrected-Grain Leather-  This leather is also known as top grain leather.  One side of this leather is smooth and the other side has a fuzzy texture.  This is because the natura hide and texture is sanded down to showcase the smoother side.  This type of leather offers versatility which adds to its beauty.

Suede- To achieve this type of leather the inside must be split.  A soft velvety texture is created making it a favorite of many.

Exotic Leathers- while these leathers are a bit more rare they are also used inpython-leather-handbags the production of luxury handbags.  Think ostrich, stingray, crocodile, and snake/python

Even if you were thinking that Louis Vuitton bags were made completely of leather and have found out today that instead the material you covet so much is coated canvas, one fact remains the same.  Louis Vuitton bags are made very well, they hold their value and they are one of the best luxury designer bags one can carry. So cheers to coated canvas we love your lightweight luxurious durability!

 

Louis Vuitton Collaborations

Louis-Vuitton-collaborationsOver the years Louis Vuitton has branched out and collaborated on designs for their handbag line with many well known designers and artists.  Not only did these collaborations make for some very beautiful collections it also added a twist to the already luxurious and coveted designers brand.  In fact, we have probably said it before and we will say it again, Louis Vuitton is a definite force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry and with these collaborations he has proven that stepping outside of the box can only help to enhance his brand and make for some truly amazing and beautiful collections.

Louis Vuitton Top Handbag Collaborations

  • takashi-murakami-artist2003-2015 Takashi Murakami- Takashi Murakami is a well known Japanese artist who first began collaborating with Louis Vuitton for the release of its 2003 Summer/Spring Collection. Takashi helped to bring to life the much sought after Multicolore Monogram bag in both black & white with colorful monograms.  Next came Cherry blossoms, Monogramouflage, and Character bags. In fact the multicolore bag was probably one of the most popular collaborations ever done by Louis Vuitton, which is why the course of the collaboration with Takashi Murakami lasted for 12 years! Louis Vuitton finally decided to end the collaboration series in 2015.
  • 2003-2009 Stephen Sprouse- This collaboration started with the Spring/Summer Collection of 2001.  Then Creative Director for Marc Jacobs, Stephen Sprouse was asked to aid in creating a unique collaboration design.  Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas bags came out with Paris Graffiti embolized on the bag. In 2009 to celebrate the life of the famous Creative Director, Louis Vuitton released versions of the Speedy and Neverfull leather bags with Monogram Roses and Monogram Graffiti before the collaboration came to an end.  
  • 2017 Supreme- Louis Vuitton branched out a bit more during its collaborationSupreme-collaboration-LV with the brand Supreme for it’s men’s Fall/Winter Line in 2017.  You could find the epi leather with the Supreme Logo as well as other items besides bags that included, smaller leather goods, jackets, jeans and belts.  The collaboration only lasted for a short time but if you read the previous article on the 15 year old from Dubai who had is Ferrari vinyl wrapped with the Louis Vuitton Monogram and Supreme logo, you will get a better idea of what it looked like!
  • 2014 Iconoclasts Collection- to celebrate Louis Vuitton brands 160th anniversary, Vuitton collaborated with 6 different famous artists/designers including Christian Louboutin, Frank Gehry, Cindy Sherman, Karl lagerfeld, Marc Newson, amd Rei Kawakubo to create the Iconic Monogram Canvas collection. What a collection it was!

While Louis Vuitton has definitely ahs other noteworthy collaborations and collections with other artists and designers we chose theses as the ones that stood out the most to us.  One thing is for sure Louis Vuitton shows no sign of stopping in the brands creative department or as being one of the most coveted handbag designers out there no matter the passage of time.

One Of A Kind, LV Monogram Vinyl Wrapped Car!

Although vinyl wrapping your vehicle may be a bit off subject for our Louis Vuitton site, what if we told you that someone actually vinyl wrapped their car with the LV monogram. In fact what if we told you that a 15 year old boy from Dubai wrapped his Ferrari in the LV Monogram because it’s one of his favorite brands!  Of course the LV Monogram wrap is not “authentic” Louis Vuitton, but the fact that he customized his Ferrari with the Louis Vuitton logo is huge! Not only for him and his car but also for the Louis Vuitton brand in itself. Why? When George Vuitton, the son of Louis Vuitton created the LV Monogram he did so to authenticize their brand and also too brand it.  Pretty much anyone that sees the LV Monogram knows it’s Louis Vuitton. Branding your company is hugely important to any business and also gives the brand it’s own voice in the consumer world.

After seeing this video we contacted a vinyl wrap company to understand the process on how this wrap was created and so beautifully depicted on his souped up Ferrari. Although we couldn’t reach the actual vinyl wrap company in Dubai we figured an expert in the field could answer some of our questions!

How Do You Go About Printing a Logo On a Vinyl Wrap- First the owner of the car must have a blueprint template of the car made.  This enables the wrap designer to scale the images wanted perfectly to the said cars body style, curves, grooves etc.  Afterall you want the custom wrap to fit the car as if it was made for it and to look as natural as possible.

How Is the Logo Printed On?- The logo once designed is fitted to the blueprint template of your car, then printed on a large sheet of adhesive paper using a special printing machine.  A vinyl wrap professional then adheres the large sheet to your vehicle’s surface. It is important that the company printing and installing your wrap uses high quality materials.  The type of material used greatly affects the quality of your wrap.

Will The vinyl Wrap Affect The Original Paint- The vinyl wrap actually does NOT alter the original paint of your car.  Instead it protects the paint and body of the car by acting as a type of durable shield.  A vinyl wrap when taken care of as advised by the vinyl wrap company you used, should last up to 5 years.  If 15 year old Rashed Belhasa should decide he wants to remove the LV monogram he simply has to have the wrap removed and his beloved Ferrari will be restored to its original yellow color.

Not only is Rashed’s LV Monogram Ferrari one of a kind it also is quite incredible at 15 years old he owns such an exquisite automobile and has such polished tastes.  We Love your LV Monogram wrapped car Rashed and I’m sure it’s safe to say that most louis Vuitton lovers will appreciate your Ferrari for the beautiful piece of art that it is.  

 

Interesting Facts On Louis Vuitton

LV-monogramIf you have read our previous article you probably know a bit more about Louis Vuitton and his humble beginnings, how he got into the fashion business, and how he became such a success.  If you have not read the article you should check it out and get to know Louis Vuitton the man behind one of the most luxurious and coveted brands in the fashion world, or in the world in general! We also have more interesting facts about this famous designer, his legacy and his brand!

Interesting Facts On Louis Vuitton

  • Handmade- Each bag takes about a week to be made because they are made by hand!
  • Hold Their Value- LV bags hold their value and class so well because at the end Louis-Vuitton-Franceof every season all the leftover bags that did not sell are sent back to the factory in France where they were made.  Once there they are destroyed by either burning or shredding them. Why? No merchandise is ever sold on discount so that each product maintains its value
  • Part Of The Expense- Each bag is both waterproof and fireproof, which is one reason they are so expensive
  • The Alma- This design was actually originally created for Coco Chanel!  Talk about a great friend!
  • Leather- The tan leather that can be found on the bags is not treated with any colors or chemicals. Because of this you will notice the leather darkens over time because of natural effects.
  • No Frauds Here- Both the LV Monogram print and the Damier print were actually created so that no one could copy the design.  
  • Houdini- George, Louis Vuitton’s son created a tumbler lock for their trunk Louis-Vuitton-Trunkluggage to replace the original lock.  They were so confident of its locking abilities they actually challenged The Great Houdini to escape it. He didn’t take the bait but it’s still a pretty cool story
  • Salvador Dali- The Daligram print was created by none other than the famous artist himself Salvador Dali
  • Marc Jacobs- Another well known name connected to the LV empire is Marc Jacobs.  He was the brands artistic director from 1997-2013
  • Nicolas Ghesquiere– Nicolas is now the head designer of the Louis Vuitton legacy taking Jacobs place in 2013
  • Forbes- it made forbes list of The World’s Most Valuable Brands, taking the 14th place

Not only is Louis Vuitton one of the greatest designers of all time his brand has held its level of class, value and beautiful designs for centuries.  His story and other tidbits of information surrounding his brand just make both him and his designs that much more interesting. Beautifully made and always classy and elegant Louis Vuitton will continue to make history!

Who Was Louis Vuitton?

louis-vuitton-paris-franceLouis Vuitton is a world renowned designer that most if not all of us know of. Starting out designing luxury luggage he branched out and has created a line of clothing, bags, purses, wallets, shoes, scarfs, keychains, the list goes on and on. But where did Louis Vuitton get his beginnings and how did this iconic designer acquire his fame, fortune, and reputation?

Louis Vuitton Working Class Beginnings

Louis Vuitton was born on August 4, 1821 in a little mountain town in Anchay, France.  His family was of working class having origins in farming, carpentry, & milling. When his mother died at a young age, his father remarried giving him his vicious and mean stepmother.  Louis despised her so much that in 1835 at theeiffel-tower-paris age of 13 he set out on foot to get to Paris, a far 300 miles away! He knew there was more in life for him then this small town, evil stepmother and had a fierce determination to do great things! It took him a little over 2 years but at the age of 16 he finally reached Paris.

Box Making Apprentice  

Once in Paris he met a box maker with his own shop by the name of Monsieur Marechal who took him under his wing as an apprentice.  In this era box making was considered a highly reputable professional and Louis Vuitton quickly made a name for himself among the elite upper class of Europe.  Box Makers were not only responsible for making the boxes they also packed, shipped and unloaded the expensive clothing and such that the rich stored & traveled with.  

The Beginning Of Louis Vuittons Legacy

louis-vuitton-luggageIn 1854 Louis Vuitton married his first love and decided to leave Monsieur Marechal Box Shop to start his own in Paris.  Four years later in 1858 he designed his own trunk luggage making it rectangular and made of canvas instead of leather so that it was more durable, odor & water resistant.  The elite fashion clientele of Paris fell in love with Vuitton’s new design and his trunks were highly sought after making him a huge success. In fact just a year later he had to move to a bigger shop because of the high demand for his luggage pieces.  

A Short Downfall

In 1870 with the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War much of the French Empire was destroyed in and around Paris forcing Louis and his family to flee their town and his beloved shop. A year later he returned to the city that was now left in destruction, a shop that had been vandalized and all of his equipment stolen.  He did not take this set back laying down however! He rebuilt his shop in a new city in the “new” Paris and was among an even higher class and elite clientele. He again became greatly successful and continued making sought after luxury luggage for the next 20 years.

A Legend Passes But His legacy Lives On

On February 27, 1892 at the age of 70 Louis Vuitton passed away leaving his business to his son Georges.  His son continued to build his father’s legacy and louis-vuitton-legacyis even responsible for creating the famous LV monogram that is all over Louis Vuitton luggage, purses, wallets, and apparel today.  The family business continues to be handed down each generation and will live on for eternity. It just goes to show that with an amazing drive and spirit like Louis Vuitton you can come from humble beginnings and succeed at anything you choose.  To the 13 year old boy who walked 300 miles to get to Paris and realize his dreams!

Welcome!

louis-vuitton-purseHello All and WELCOME to our blog!  We hope to share with you all the beauty that can be found in the gorgeous design of all Louis Vuitton bags.  We are talking purses, luggage, men’s bags, wallets, etc.  We also wanted to share the story of Louis Vuitton, the person responsible for these exquisite bags and pieces of art!  We hope you enjoy our blog and all things Louis Vuitton.