ello-Hello and welcome to another wild week here at The Prepatorium.
It has been so frenzied we were forced to call in The Princess Consort, disturbing his plans for the ‘weekend.’ And didn’t he do a marvelous job on Preppy Khaki, not to mention his find of the “Kill a Prep” shirt for sale!
Regular readers know The Princess is not a fan of the majority of Louis Vuitton’s offerings; something to do with a bad case of LogoPhobia that seems to ramp up when she’s in close contact with some of their goods. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t see all of the new things we do, allowing you to make your own informed purchasing decisions. For example the Murakami Monogramouflage Speedy 35 Bag Limited Edition. (Actually the first bag does not qualify as a ‘new,’ topic; P is a little slow on the trigger!)
Most of you won’t be surprised to read it is not a handbag you will see draped over our wrist. (Or clutched in our hands either.) The fact it is the “Latest Creative Genius of Takashi Murakami and Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton” was not something we were aware of, but if one managed to take their AntiLogoPhobiac Attack meds, and overlook the mottled logos amid the mottled camouflage theme and simply look at its lines, they are classic. BTW, TP thought the Monogramouflage denim line was set to disappear the 13th, as in yesterday, but we still see it online, so if it’s something you desire, we recommend moving rather rapidly to make the acquisition.
This brings us to the very unusual maneuvering by these same good folks regarding their celebration honoring the 30th Anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s presence in Japan. To mark that occasion the company is opening a ‘pop-up’, or temporary store in Tokyo from September 4th through December of this year.
That’s not what is unusual, it seems everyone is adding the “Limited Edition Store” (our term) model to their marketing portfolio in addition to the proliferation of Limited Edition apparel, shoes, jewelry, accessories, vehicles, you-name-its, etc. What is interesting, at least here at PreppyPrincess intergalactic HQ, is the Collection of six bags can only be purchased at the special temporary store in Tokyo. One is shown above. We share two more just below, described as “party bags with oversized leather handles.”
We think that ranks fairly high on the ‘limited buying options’ meter. No internet orders, no orders by telephone, that’s it. You buy the bag at the pop-up store located inside Comme des Garçons, in Tokyo.
In return, customers will receive a certificate inside a special card holder in Louis Vuitton’s traditional natural leather, embossed with the Louis Vuitton at Comme des Garçons signature. Only several months later will their bag be delivered to their chosen Louis Vuitton store.
That’s from the snooze news release. So it would seem these are limited indeed, if not in number (which we’re quite sure they are), but in point of purchase locations.
So you can buy posters of Japanese girls carrying LV bags.
Or you can buy a book, Louis Vuitton Japan: The Building Of Luxury for a very small investment.
But you can’t buy these:
Unless you (or one of the household or office staff) physically buy it in Tokyo. So if you need to make travel arrangements, a reminder on the dates for the temp-o-store: September 4th through December. Should you find the opportunities for purchasing the bags not to your liking, the best The Princess can suggest is contacting Louis Vuitton Grand-Pooh-Bah Marc Jacobs.
For an extraordinary behind-the-scenes look at LV in France, Bag Snob is the place to be. Tina has outdone herself on this one, with photographs of the studio, the home and so much more. Click here to be transported to the fabulous post, Heritage and Tradition: The Legacy of Louis Vuitton.
Something that you *can* do and fairly easily: toddle on over to NBC’s site if you are a fan of the television show Heroes, because you don’t have to wait until Fall for new episodes of the megahit. NBC started streaming webisodes this morning on their site, just to tide you over! (Our thanks to BuzzSugar for this tip.)