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Style Spotlight: A Brief History of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is a brand that needs no introduction. A common household name, Louis Vuitton has made its permanent mark in the world of fashion, handbags and accessories. In fact, chances are either you or someone close to you currently owns something embellished with the world-famous LV monogram. Touted as the world’s most storied luxury label, Louis Vuitton is a brand that has been around since as early as 1837. 

When you buy a Louis Vuitton bag, you’re not just purchasing a bag — you’re also purchasing hundreds of years of history, quality and attention to fine detail. Today, we’re having a look at a brief history of this world-famous luxury brand and tracking its journey from humble beginnings to the landmark of all things luxurious that it is today, so read on to find out more. 

Humble Beginnings

Born in 1821, the brand’s founder Louis Vuitton started with humble beginnings. At age 16, Louis trekked from Anchay to Paris on foot, eager and excited to experience the wonders of the city of love. Of course, one also has to earn a living along the way, which is why Louis held a job as a box-making apprentice to Monsieur Marechal. Little did he know, it was this key experience that acquired him the packaging and preserving knowledge that would soon take over the world. 

Before long, Louis had built a solid reputation for himself as a master craftsman and his works were starting to be recognised by the Parisian elite. By age 30, his clientele list included  Empress Eugénie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III and the most powerful woman in France at the time. Louis was to be Empress Eugenie’s personal box maker. And so, this rags to riches story begins. 

The Beginning Of An Empire 

In 1854, Louis opened his first workshop in Paris and soon revolutionised the trade with his first series of flat trunks, which to this day are considered the ancestors of what we now know as modern luggage. Louis’s trunks were water and odour resistant, lighter and rectangular in shape making them perfect for stacking. His iconic flat trunk in Trianon grey from 1858 was the first luggage of the modern era – it was easy to stack in a train’s baggage car or on a ship, and its poplar (wood) frame was covered in canvas. By 1859, Louis’ success required him to expand his operations, which led him to open his first atelier in Asnières, Paris. The workshop started with 20 employees, by 1900 there were nearly 100 people and by 1914 there were 225.

The Growth Of Popularity

By the time it was 1959, Louis was considered one of France’s most renowned trunk makers. It was no surprise that Louis’ expert craftsmanship won him an elite following, but things were soon to take a sour turn. Unfortunately, Louis’ Asnieres factory was destroyed during the Franco-Prussian war in 1870 but this wasn’t enough to stop him. Determined to succeed, he rebuilt a new shop in the ritzy 1, Rue Scribe. This fancy new store in its aristocratic location saw Louis Vuitton’s shift from regular trunks to luxury luggage. 

By the time it was 1885, Louis had even opened his very first stores in London. In that same year, for the first time in the company’s history, their registered trademark appeared on the canvas of its designs. 

But it wasn’t just luxury to design and expert craftsmanship that put Louis Vuitton on the map. In 1886 he and his son George revolutionized luggage locks by designing a single lock system with two spring buckles. Customers could now travel with peace of mind knowing that their belongings were safe from theft. The effectiveness of the Tumbler lock is indisputable and still appears on Louis Vuitton luggage today. 

Evolution

After his death in 1892, son George stepped in and took over the business. It was under his leadership in 1896, the now world-famous “LV” monogram was introduced — a monogram that remains a lasting symbol of luxury and the fine life until today. Fast forward to 1914 and George opens the world’s largest travel article store at the Vuitton Building, at 70, Champs-Élysées. During this period, the monogram canvas was revamped in 1959 to accommodate its expanding line of wallets, bags and purses. Over the next 40 years, the brand would start to introduce an even wider variety of bag designs including handbags, backpacks and carry bags that would then take the world by storm. 

The business grew from having 2 stores in the early 70s & 11 million euros in sales to 125 stores generating 600 million euros by 1989.

Louis Vuitton 1990s – Current Day

In 1997, Mark Jacobs was appointed Creative Director, which then saw Louis Vuitton venturing into the world of clothing and shoe production. LV’s ready-to-wear collections, designed by Marc Jacobs, were produced in 1998. Jacob’s helped breathe new life into the brand by making Louis Vuitton hat boxes and the new Monogram Vernis collection popular among iconic supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss.

Throughout the 2000s, LV collaborated with various prominent designers including 

Stephen Sprouse, Julie Verhoeve, Yayoi Kusama and Robert Wilson, releasing a range of limited edition monogram designs and accessory collections. In 2004, the brand celebrated its 150th anniversary and expanded into Moscow, Bombay, Shanghai and South Africa. 

The house of Vuitton’s journey and evolution over the past 200 plus years is nothing short of remarkable. Louis Vuitton’s original atelier in Paris is still where products are crafted today and has been expanded to include the Vuitton family residence.

Fast forward to us now entering 2021, Louis Vuitton still remains a prominent name in the luxury fashion industry and is predicted to grow even further and larger in the coming years.

Five Accessory Trends to Look Out For in 2021

It’s safe to say that 2020 was the year of sweatpants, oversized hoodies and bed hair. With most of the year being spent inside, formal work clothes and dress-to-impress outfits were retired to the very back of wardrobes everywhere, but with 2021 now upon us, it’s time to pull them to the front and dust them off. 

A new year brings with it ample opportunity to revamp your wardrobe, and if ever there was a time to invest in new pieces to make a fashion statement, 2021 is it. With so many people spending most of their time in comfy loungewear, it’s expected people will be going all out in terms of outfits as life hopefully begins to return to normal with the prospect of several vaccines being rolled out to tackle to pandemic. 

So, what can we expect from 2021 fashion? Accessories! Keep reading to find out more about the top accessory trends you need to be aware of as we move into the new year. 

1. Hair Pieces

As we said earlier, many people spent 2020 doing the bare minimum – hair included. Salons closed their doors and hair took a backseat, but in 2021 as salons re-open and those luscious locks return, people will be desperate to draw attention to their silky smooth, perfectly cut and nicely colored hair. 

We saw 90’s clips come back in 2020, but 2021 will see more sparkle, more jewels and more high-end hair accessories making their way onto people’s heads. Designer bags will be replaced with designer headbands as we go all out to impress (and to make up for all those days spent donning greasy buns). 

2. Men’s Jewelry 

Hair isn’t the only thing that will be glistening at the turn of the new year, men’s cufflinks will be, too. Every year we see trends of decades past make their way back into the general fashion arena, and cufflinks are set to be one of the things making a return. Shunned in recent years in favor of short sleeved shirts or shirts with a buttoned cuff, cufflinks were seen as an unnecessary expense, but now they’re a way for men to express their personalities and add some regal glamour to their wrists. 

3. Mobile Bags

Say goodbye to your big tote or shopper and hello to the mobile bag. Mini handbags first made it mainstream in 2019, but they weren’t warmly received. Persistent celebrities like Gigi Hadid, Rihanna and Kylie Jenner continued the trend in 2020, and it seems they’ve won over the crowds because mobile bags are here to stay for another year. Mostly manufactured by designer brands like COACH, Chanel and Michael Kors, we’re seeing more mall shops stocking mini bags which means 2021 could be the year we finally see people other than celebrities accessorizing their outfits with them. 

They might seem impractical, but in 2021 all you need is your phone, your keys, your mask and your bank card, all of which should be able to fit inside a mini/mobile bag easily. After all, anything else is just a chance to pick up bacteria, right?!

4. Odd Earrings

Forget odd socks, 2021 is all about odd earrings. Whether it’s one big and one small, one gold and one silver or one hoop and one stud, mismatched earrings are in! There are a million ways to work mismatched earrings to reflect your style and personality, meaning you can really tailor this trend to your unique preference. They add dimension and spark interest in any outfit. 2021 is the year of accepting that not everything has to be perfect and learning to accept the imperfections (although odd earrings are not so much of an imperfection as much as they are a serious style statement). 

5. Head Scarfs

As mentioned before, fashion trends are an accumulation of times gone by, and one of the trends that is due to make a return is the head scarf from the 1950’s and 1960’s. Timelessly chic and the perfect item to cover up a bad hair day, head scarfs can instantly make it look like you’ve put more effort into an outfit than you actually have. Not only this, head scarfs are great for color-picking other aspects of your outfit and instantly pulling it together. 

Will you be putting any of these five accessory trends to the test in 2021, or will you continue the 2020 trend of comfort above looks?

Top 10 Women’s Magazines & Publications to Follow in 2020

The time of women’s magazines is NOT over. Only the format is changing. Today, you don’t have to buy the printed edition as soon as it comes out. You can access online magazines as well. You also have an option to view popular magazines in a digital version. If you’re a lover of printed edition, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy them. 

The only question is: what publications should you follow? Don’t get stuck with the ones you used to love back in the days. There are too many options nowadays, so it’s important to make a wise choice. A modern women’s magazine has a feminist touch. It’s still dedicated to fashion and beauty in a big part, but its purpose is to make you feel powerful just for being a woman. 

Do you love photography, writing, and magazines? Maybe it’s time to start your own project. You can use Publisher for Mac to get the perfect format, and start the exciting journey of publishing. But first, let’s work on your inspiration. We’ll list 10 amazing women’s magazines that you should follow. 

  1. New Beauty

Let’s start with a magazine that doesn’t fall in the typical format that tackles all topics that women like. This one is 100% about beauty. If you’re wondering how to improve your beauty routine, introduce something new, and create a great budget for beauty products, this is the magazine for you. It will teach you how to make informed decisions. 

  1. Create & Cultivate

This is a women-centered website in an online magazine format. It focuses on entrepreneurship. Create & Cultivate empowers women to build their own businesses and bring them forward. The main categories include: work, wellness, marketing & PR, money, diversity & inclusion, life, small business, and side-hustle.

  1. FIRST for Women

This is a creative magazine that covers a broad range of topics: family, decor, fitness, beauty, nutrition, health, and more. 

  1. Cosmopolitan

If you plan to subscribe to a single women’s magazine, the good-old Cosmo is the best choice. It’s a fun magazine that features beauty tips, empowering celebrity interviews, tips on setting and achieving personal goals, healthy lifestyle advice, and more. 

  1. Career Contessa

This is an amazing online publication that drives women forward in their careers. It’s all about professional tips, jobs, interviews, webinars, and coaching. If you’re going through a transitional period between jobs or after college, you’ll find great resources here. Career Contessa collaborates with professional women in a variety of industries. The website has a great library of podcasts, courses, and valuable downloads. 

  1. The Final Line

This digital magazine is special because it targets a particular group: women over 45. It offers beauty tips, fashion editorials, fitness and wellness guidance, and a great deal of lifestyle resources. The posts aren’t published frequently enough, but each one holds great value.

  1. InStyle

It’s more than a mainstream magazine that features celebrities and the latest fashion trends. InStyle brings the personalities of our favorite stars closer to us. Through its interviews and exclusive home tours, we realize that these are just people, after all.  

  1. Darling Magazine

Are you interested in traveling tips for women? You’ll get the best travel features from Darling Magazine. In addition, the publication offers creativity, style, relationships, and culture editorials. Darling has a special value for women who want to stay real. In its printed editions, it has always been featuring untouched, raw visuals. Throughout the year, the magazine has evolved into a go-to resource for women seeking motivation, inspiration, and empowerment. 

  1. Viva Magazine

This is a Canadian publication for wellness. It inspires women to lead a healthy lifestyle without compromising any of their style. The content will teach you how to make the right decisions regarding food, home maintenance, shopping, exercise, and more. 

  1. Allure

Sometimes you need something trendy, which will keep you updated on current events, fashion, and beauty. You’ll find great recommendations on skip care and makeup for different skin types and face shapes. This is one of those editions that inspire you to become a lifetime subscriber. 

Did You Make Your Choice?

There are so many magazines to choose from! When you’re ready to pick up a printed edition or pay for a subscription, it’s never easy to decide what to spend your money on. 

Take our recommendation: explore the free online resources of all above-listed magazines, but don’t ignore the benefits of paid subscriptions. That’s how you’ll access all the content and get more value from it.

James Dorian is a technical copywriter. He is a tech geek who knows a lot about modern apps that will make your work more productive. James reads tons of online blogs on technology, business, and ways to become a real pro in our modern world of innovations.

7 Key Pieces Of Jewellery Every Girl Needs

About the Author:

Lisa Eclesworth is a notable and influential lifestyle writer. She is a mom of two and a successful homemaker. She loves to cook and create beautiful projects with her family. She writes informative and fun articles that her readers love and enjoy. You can directly connect with her on email – lisa@lisaeclesworth.com or visit her website www.lisaeclesworth.com.

Fashion is ever-evolving, but certain pieces of jewellery are timeless. Think of the Queen of England’s world-famous tiara collection, or the iconic Hope Diamond. While such incredible gems may be beyond our reach, there are many other enduring and versatile pieces available to elevate your wardrobe. Read on for the 7 key pieces of jewellery every girl needs.

Gold Hoops

Gold hoops have been worn with many different outfits over the years. They are associated with everything from pirates to hippies to boho chic social media influencers. That does not mean that gold hoops are trendy. Quite the opposite, it means that gold hoops will never go out of style.

The beauty of gold hoops is that they can pair with almost anything. They look as good with a white tank and jeans as they do with a little black dress. If you are looking for investment jewellery that you will wear again and again, start with gold hoops.

Birthstone Earrings

Many girls begin receiving birthstone jewelry as children. But this trend is one that you never have to outgrow. Since your birthday will never change, birthstone earrings will always be personal and relevant.

The best way to level up this look is to choose a more elegant design. Forget the cheap metal and colored glass baubles of your youth. Find out your birthday stone, and invest in an elegantly set pair of earrings featuring the real gems. They are not only a fun way to treat yourself, but also a subtle way to add sparkling color to a wide variety of ensembles.

Diamond Studs

The third and last pair of earrings every girl needs is diamond studs. Diamond studs send the same message as a power suit. They speak to status and success. The incomparable sparkle of real diamonds draws every eye without being ostentatious.

You might be surprised by the variety of diamond stud options available. The diamonds alone come in a variety of cuts, colors, and carats. Likewise, you can choose between a sterling silver, yellow gold, rose gold, or white gold setting to suit your own unique style.

Pearl Necklace

Do not make the mistake of writing off the classic pearl necklace. It has been a jewellery collection staple for so long that some might consider it matronly. But today’s pearl necklaces are among some of the most revolutionary jewellery designs.

The pearl has inspired poetry and art for hundreds of years. It continues to inspire jewellery designers. Whether your preference is for a simple but dramatic drop style pearl necklace or the classic choker-style string of pearls, this piece is a must for everything from job interviews to weddings.

Statement Ring

While many pieces of jewellery have an obvious place or purpose, a statement ring is just for you. You might even say it is a celebration of you. When you want the world to know that you are awesome and you know it, you slip on your statement ring.

What makes a ring a statement ring? Exceptional design, intricate metalwork, and/or a very large stone are all common features of a statement ring. In other words, a statement ring should be big, flashy, and fabulous.

Chain Bracelet

While earrings are often used to draw the eye to a graceful neck, and necklaces add sophisticated sparkle to décolletage, the value of a good bracelet should not be overlooked. When you wear a beautiful bracelet to important functions, you make an elegant impression on every person whose hand you shake.

Stone Pendant

Pendants are one of the most historically enduring pieces of jewellery. They pair well with virtually any neckline and look equally smart when worn with a dress. The simple design of a pendant prevents it from weighing its wearer’s neck down, while the size of the stone ensures that the accessory is always visible.

The popular saying, “Life is in the details,” applies very well to a woman’s jewellery collection. We are required to wear clothes to cover our bodies. But we wear jewellery when we want to feel special. Revelations Boutique Jewellery understands that desire. Their exceptional collection offers hundreds of pieces designed to bring sparkle to your wardrobe as well as to your life

Two Cardinal Jewellery-Related Sins People Commonly Make

If you think jewellery common sense was shared by everyone, you’d definitely be wrong. People make all sorts of mistakes when it comes to jewellery, and whether it comes at a cost to the person or the jewellery itself, these are easy issues to rectify. In this article, we take a look at two of the most common mistakes people make when it comes to wearing jewellery so that you won’t have to make them in the future. 

Taking the time to clean things is important

We get it, showing off your exquisite diamond rings in Melbourne feels great. Although some people wear the same jewellery every day out of habit, it’s something that isn’t always flattering. It’s not just because you’ll inevitably look like a style repeater (sorry), but it’s more so the fact that wearing the same things so regularly will make them very, very grimy and dirty. Because the changes typically occur so slowly, lots of people don’t actually notice that their jewellery is getting grottier, and in the case of earrings it can actually cause some infections. You can still wear your jewellery on a semi-regular basis, but on those off days make sure to give them a little clean with some warm soapy water to ensure they’re in a better state than they otherwise would be. If you don’t have any other pieces to wear while you give your main collection a rest, perhaps consider investing in some – it’s a fantastic investment that you won’t regret, after all. A big clean of your jewellery should occur at least twice a year at the very minimum, regardless of whether you have anything else to wear or not. 

Mixing it up is exciting!

If you’re going to wear something as fun and flashy as jewellery, you might as well make it as creative as possible. There are too many people who are completely complacent with the way that they wear their jewellery to the point where the same pieces they wear every day just become a part of them. This isn’t what jewellery is about – jewellery should be about experimenting and coming up with new and fun (and often unexpected) combinations with your pieces. This allows you to work out what works best for certain events – what you wear for work probably won’t work for a special occasion, for example. It’s also a great way to better demonstrate your personality, particularly if you love wearing fun and flashy pieces. Finally, mixing it up will allow your core wardrobe to go a lot further – something as basic as the same all black outfit can look completely different with a different set of jewellery.

Ready to conquer the world of jewellery?You don’t have to conquer it necessarily, but keeping these two tips in mind can help you look better and it can help you do a lot more with your jewellery (and it’ll stop you from wearing the same thing for the rest of your life). Exercising your creativity in these departments will also give you a better understanding of how to more effectively make more out of what you have, just as outfit swapping can show you how different articles of clothing can work with one another.