29Apr

Chic Luggage

A basic black Swiss Army suitcase will do… but why? This chic luggage will make your travel experience more fashionable.

The Tumi Vapor is a great carry-on suitcase.

Tumi Vapor

Let’s start with Tumi – well made, not too expensive (as far as well-made luggage is concerned), and has stylish pieces for men and women.

The Tumi Vapor is my trendy pick. It features a hard shell, made of a lightweight, 3 layer alloy of ABS and polycarbonate. I love the colors this suitcase comes in – gold, gray, black, floral print, blue, and khaki.

The Tumi Vapor is a great carry-on suitcase.

Tumi Alpha Bravo

For a more utilitarian look, I like the Tumi Alpha Bravo McConnell International Carry-On. It’s made of soft and durable ballistic nylon and has wheels, top and side handles. It comes in black and khaki.

The Hideo Wakamatsu Tarapulin carry on is flexible, water resistant, and adjustable.

Hideo Wakamatsu Tarapulin Carry On

 

Hideo Wakamatsu makes fun carry-ons in bright colors. Half the collection features a hard shell, and the rest are made out of Tarapulin, a flexible, water and shred resistant material.

What I like about this piece is the adjustable straps that allow you to expand the deepness of the bag (great for people like me who have to stuff all their shoes into one carry-on). There are no heavy metal frames, which means it’s super lightweight.

J Crew collaborated with British luggage company, Globe-Trotters, to create this sunny yellow suitcase.

JCrew Globetrotters Yellow Suitcase

The collaborative collection from J.Crew and Globe-Trotter caught my eye. Specifically, the bright yellow trunk-style suitcase. Each of these bags are handcrafted in England by Globe-Trotter and are made of Vulcan Fibre, which they claim can withstand the weight of a 1 ton elephant! I probably won’t get to test that theory, but it sounds like it should travel just fine. This heirloom quality suitcase features leather trim and straps, wheels, and cotton lining.

The Louis Vuitton Pegase 65 is a classic piece of luggage.

Louis Vuitton Pegase 65

And last but not least, the classic, Louis Vuitton. The Pegase 65 is a great carry-on and will last for years. It’s made of the durable Damier canvas and includes several zipper pockets, a removable pouch, and garment bag. You can even monogram it!

27Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Retro

A lot of designers channeled their inner flower or mod girl for Resort 2011. There were lots of 70s inspired caftan outfits with flowy blouses and flared pants, and 60s inspired dresses in bright colors from designers Alice + Olivia, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Balenciaga, and Jill Stuart.

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia’s yellow 60s dress is fun and flirty, and this classic silhouette means you’ll get more than just one season’s wear out of it.  Pair with 60s accessories for a complete retro vibe, or with nude pumps and Ray Bans for a more modern take.

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia’s Resort 2011 collection was all about sixties fun, although it’s interesting to see that flared jeans have been popping up so much lately….is there a bell bottoms comeback in the near future?

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Look like a true flower girl in this breezy top and flared white pants by Alice + Olivia… Accessorize with a leather headband and lots of bracelets.

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

This blue 1960s skirtsuit in a bright blue color is a fun alternative to your typical skirtsuits. Nicolas Ghesquière pairs it with a funky retro necklace and some futuristic shoes to complete the look.

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

This pink pantsuit is paired with hints of neon green and white. Nicolas Ghesquière has created another fun alternative to a serious suit that women at any stage in their career can safely wear to the office or on a business trip overseas.

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

So hipster.

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

This is a perfect outfit for a day of shopping, lunch and mimosas. Jill Stuart’s favorite romantic floral look with a 70s twist.

Resort 2011: Moschino

Resort 2011: Moschino

Peace and love with Moschino.

Resort 2011: Moschino

Resort 2011: Moschino

Moschino’s fun polka dot motif is fun and ladylike. Perfect for an overseas business trip…if your business trip isn’t technically glamorous, at least you will be in this outfit.

Resort 2011: Louis Vuitton

Resort 2011: Louis Vuitton

Go sophisticated 60s with Louis Vuitton. Cat eye glasses complete the look.

4May

World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brands

Millward Brown Optimor just released their annual list of the World’s Most Powerful Luxury Brands. They’ve noted that the luxury category overall is down 3%, and brands that focused on heritage rather than high fashion fared better.

1. Louis Vuitton: up 2% to $19.78 Billion
- Focused on their primary consumer, the Jetsetter.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

2. Hermes: up 8% to $8.46 Billion
- Charge much more for their bags than their competitors, tight control over selected retailers.

Hermes 2010 Campaign

Hermes 2010 Campaign

3. Gucci: up 2% to $7.59 Billion
- Developed a partnership with Christie’s to appraise vintage Gucci luggage and handbags.

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

Gucci Summer 2010 Ad Campaign with Natasha Poly

4. Chanel: down 11% to $5.55 Billion
- The decrease in sales is a sign of the times. Their classic quilted bag was still a good seller, as well as fragrances and cosmetics, but people were not willing to spend the extra money on ready-to-wear.

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

Chanel Spring 2010 Ad Campaign with Claudia Schiffer

5. Hennessy: down 1% to $5.37 Billion
- This LVMH brand is super popular in China.

Hennessy

Hennessy

6. Rolex: down 14% to $4.74 Billion
- Suffered due to the recession, just like Cartier

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

Rolex 2010 Fall/Winter Ad Campaign

7. Moet & Chandon: down 12% to $4.82 Billion
- Still the #1 champagne brand despite the decline.

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

Moet & Chandon Campaign 2010 with Scarlett Johansson

8. Cartier: down 19% to $3.96 Billion
- Severe decline in sales to 3rd party retailers.

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

Cartier Summer 2010 Campaign

9. Fendi: down 8% to $3.2 Billion
- Known for “it” bags in the US, super popular in Asia; ready-to-wear designed by Karl Lagerfeld as an answer to Gucci’s ready-to-wear.

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

Fendi Spring/Summer 2010 Ad Campaign

10. Tiffany & Co.: up 6% to $2.38 Billion
- Did not place last year; brand refused to discount in 2009, plans to expand to Asia and Western Europe.

Tiffany & Co.

Tiffany & Co.