Friday, February 28, 2014

Louis Vuitton Creates An Elite Travel Luggage Set For BMW i8


From one icon to another, Louis Vuitton making custom luggage for BMW is a match made in luxury heaven. As announced today by German automaker BMW, French luxury giant Louis Vuitton has created a set of tailor-made luggage for their most advanced sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.


The luggage collection consists of two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. All made to perfectly fit in the space challenged sports car’s nooks and angles. Each item has its own place inside the interiors of the BMW i8. The Weekender GM i8 with both hand and shoulder carry straps, is custom-designed to go into the trunk, while the sturdy hardshell Business Case i8 is for the back seat. The Garment Bag i8 is a perfect fits snugly in the rear shelf and the small Weekender PM i8 can easily rest on the floor.


Made from light weight and sturdy carbon fiber, it is the same high-tech material used in the car’s passenger cell. By using carbon fiber Louis Vuitton has created a special type of textile to use for the luggage set. The print on the luggage is Louis Vuitton’s distinctive Damier pattern with Louis Vuitton signature laser-etched. Luggage set features handles made from dyed natural leather, leather name tags and the iconic Louis Vuitton padlock in all except the garment bag. The carbon black of the luggage set and the interior microfiber lining in black and electric blue are chosen match the brand colors of the BMW i8.


Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Head of Special Orders at Louis Vuitton and great grandson of the House’s founder said, “This collaboration with BMW epitomizes our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style. Our craftsmen at Louis Vuitton have enjoyed the challenge of this very special project, using their ingenuity and attention to detail to create a truly made to measure set of luxury luggage. This is a pure expression of the art of travel.”



The Louis Vuitton luggage series will be available upon request in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) starting April 1st 2014.

Hello Kitty Celebrates 40 Years With A Mikimoto Collection

At 40-years old Hello Kitty maybe a middle aged kitty, but she refuses to get tied to a number. In fact her life begins at forty with a big bash thrown in her honor by two of Japan’s well-known brands. 


The adorable white cat, we always see dressed in baby pink and a big bow celebrates her birthday with a jewelry collection of almost 20 pieces. The collection is a collaboration between Hello Kitty parent company and the luxury jeweler Mikimoto.


The centerpiece of the collection is the Mikimoto x Hello Kitty tiara, which is a one-off item and not for sale will be used to showcase Mikimoto’s craftsmanship. Its elaborate design features a Hello Kitty shaped entirely from diamonds including her face from oval-cut diamond, claws for the whiskers and ears from a pair of trilliant-cut diamonds.


Two strawberry-shaped lockets reveal portraits of Kitty and her darling partner, Daniel. In addition to Kitty her twin sister Mimmy also get to celebrate the 40th birthday. Mimmy’s yellow ribbon is featured in necklaces and earrings.



A collection of pendants, earrings and necklaces with ribbons in blue, the store’s signature colour, has also been designed for Colette in Paris. With a fan base that runs into millions, these exquisite pieces are destined to become collector’s items for Hello Kitty lovers all over the world.




Mikimoto x Hello Kitty choker necklace featuring Akoya pearls, rubies for Hello Kitty’s bow, onyx for her eyes, and diamonds for the stars.


Dos Pavos Piggy-Bank By Mr. Simon


Valencia-based design studio Mr.Simon reimagined the traditional piggy-bank with this cleverly self-counting money box for €2 coins.  ‘Dos Pavos’ is made of a cylindrical solid base of wood, that acts as coin stopper and a ceramic piece that rises in height as the piggybank is filled in with coins. The lines in the wood act as an indicator of how much money we have in each moment.




‘Dos pavos’ has been fabricated in collaboration with Domanises, the studio of ceramic master craftsman Juan Carlos IƱesta.




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