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Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit Hits LA with FREE Stickers & Posters!

Louis Vuitton Series 2 Exhibit Hits LA with FREE Stickers & Posters!

We are loving all the attention Los Angeles has been receiving lately for FASHION, and not just for, you know, the celebrities and weather etc. LA’s latest triumph comes in the form of a high-falluting, high-tech exhibit from Louis Vuitton, entitled “Series 2”, which provides a futuristic idea of what fashion shows will be like soon enough. The exhibit presents a maze-like experience via a series of rooms, using hologram and 3D technology. Also, Los Angeles is Series 2’s ONLY U.S. stop. Once they pack it up, it’s headed to Beijing next.

We went last Saturday first thing in the morning and we can’t wait to go back again. There aren’t enough words to adequately describe it, so check out our photo journal below. However, you definitely have to go for yourself. If you’re still not convinced, go for the FREE cool stickers and posters.  Series 2 is located at 1135 N. Highland Blvd, Hollywood (at Lexington, across the street from James Perse). FREE admission to the general public until February 22, 2015, every day from 10AM-6PM. Street parking available.

From Highland Blvd.

From Highland Blvd.

Store hours

Store hours

This greets you as you enter

This greets you as you enter

Crazy halls of hologram

Crazy halls of hologram

Nifty little film on LV artistry and craftsmanship

Nifty little film on LV artistry and craftsmanship

The Accessories Room aka the "white room" and also our favorite

The Accessories Room aka the “white room” and also our favorite

We were just diggin' the crazy

We were just diggin’ the crazy

The Infinity Room, you'll just have to check this out yourself. It's so rad.

The Infinity Room, you’ll just have to check this out for yourself. It’s so rad.

We want this bag

We want this bag

The Backstage room, a real live replica of the real thing

The Backstage room, a real live replica of the real thing

We want these too

We want these too

Handbag Honey

MUST HAVE: Louis Vuitton Merit Pump

MUST HAVE: Louis Vuitton Merit Pump

Hurray! Louis Vuitton’s 2013-2014 shoes are here! We are loving the new patent leather Merit pump, especially the LV-branded brass studs at the toe. It’s equal parts sexy, classy and stylish, and the heel isn’t ridiculously high, clocking in at just under 4′. That means you won’t have to do the painful hobble-walk if you keep them on for more than 20 minutes. What we’re not loving is the $1,190 price tag – ouch! At this point, we can only dream of either winning the lottery or finding them in some out of the way consignment shop and in our size, of course. If you’ve got the bucks, you can get them here.

Handbag Honey (photo via Louis Vuitton)

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton PART II – The Speedys Are Here!

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton PART II – The Speedys Are Here!

After all my hemming and hawing, I finally did it.  Last Sunday, I bit the bullet and shelled out $1326.75 (that’s including the tax) for the Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton Monogram Town Speedy AND another $266.44 for the matching key chain!

Kusama’s Monogram Town style, which is made available in the Speedy 30, Neverfull MM, Papillon and the Keepall bags, became available on Sept. 7, as part of the second installment of the Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection. There is a bit of a frenzy for the Speedy because: 1) it’s the less expensive of the other collection bags; and 2) the Speedys were made in France, while the Neverfulls were made in Spain. This is something a true bag aficionado will appreciate.

Now, a couple weeks later, almost all of the Speedys are sold out in the entire U.S. They came in five colors – white, blue, red, green and yellow. The white version sold out instantly as most were placed on reserved lists, and the blue bags are practically sold out as well. As of last Sunday, the only two available are in Las Vegas and New York. The yellow, red and green ones will surely be gobbled up soon. The Speedys have already popped up on Ebay for up to $2,000.

$1300+ is a lot to spend for a Speedy, even for a limited edition one. The regular monogram Speedy is currently $790. And remember when the original Stephen Sprouse Speedys were like $600 back in 2001?? But it’s SO worth it. When I bought my Speedy at the Louis Vuitton in Topanga Mall, in addition to wrapping it in the custom LV chocolate brown box and placing it in the envy-inducing over-sized matching LV shopping back, they filled the shopping bag with yellow tissue paper, printed with the  Yayoi Kusama polka dots. Walking around the mall with an extra large LV shopping bag is attention-grabbing enough, but fill it with Kusama yellow polka-dotted tissue paper and it’s like you’ve got a little party attached to your arm! I love how Louis Vuitton makes the purchase an experience, like you’re floating home with that bag on limited edition polka-dotted tissue clouds.

The best part of spending all that money on a handbag? The bragging rights! If you too had a little LV party of your own, please let us know in the comments. – Handbag Honey

 

UPDATE: Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton in LA on 7/19 and Prices Revealed!

UPDATE: Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton in LA on 7/19 and Prices Revealed!

I did some digging and – Hurrah, hurrah! Great news! – the Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection will definitely be sold at the Beverly Hills store next Thursday when the collection will be offered nationwide in select stores! The bad news, these exclusive pieces are priced more for the 1%, it seems. This first installment offers two handbag styles, the Papillon and the Lock It. The Lock It is priced at $3,650. The polka dot patent leather collar and cuff are considerably less at $1,700 and $1,200, respectively, but still…. Those of us in the 99%, who just want a little piece of the collection, may be able to afford the plastic bangles, which are priced at $465 for the large bangle and $385 for the small bangle. Geez, remember back in 2001 when the first Stephen Sprouse “Graffiti” collection came out and the Speedy was like $300 and the pochette was $130?

I’ve been told by a trusted source that the second installment of the Kusama x Louis Vuitton collection, set to launch in September, will include other styles, such as the Never Full tote, the Pegas and other travel bags. I myself am eyeing the Never Full and hope it falls somewhere south of $2,000. – Handbag Honey. Inset photo via Louis Vuitton.

 

Rendering of the Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton Pop Up Shop

Rendering of the Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton Pop Up Shop. Photo via Style.com

Yayoi Kusama Collaboration with Louis Vuitton

Yayoi Kusama Collaboration with Louis Vuitton

When I first watched the “Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton” 2007 documentary on the Sundance Channel (and I’ve watched it several times since), featuring the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, I had visions of polka dots dancing in my head, as I waited with child-like excitement for this very collaboration. Today, Fashionista posted the complete preview of the Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection and I could not have hit the click button any faster.

 

 

Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton black and white polka dot bags

Pieces from the Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton collection. Photo via Fashionista.com

After seeing photos of all this polka-dotted cuteness, my anxiety levels have risen and now I have daydreams of coordinating some of these pieces with my everyday wardrobe. The handbags and cuffs would go nicely with just about anything I own. However, I sadly predict we’ll be seeing knock-offs and various derivatives of the ready-to-wear in just about every mass-producing chain store.

Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton polka dot cuff bracelet

Polka dotted cuff bracelet from Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton collection. Photo via Fashionista.com

The first installment of the Kusama-Vuitton collection will be launching tomorrow, July 10, via special pop-up shops on 5th Ave and in Soho in New York, with a second installment of the collection coming later. The launch is a precursor to a retrospective, opening at the Whitney Museum two days after. While there will be seven other pop-up shops set to open in the following months throughout the world, there has been no confirmation if the collaboration will hit Los Angeles. I would think at least some of the pieces will be offered in some of the Southern California stores, considering the buying and celebrity power of Los Angeles and Orange County areas alone, but time will tell when the collaboration will be made available to select stores nationwide on July 19. – Handbag Honey. All photos via www.fashionista.com.

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