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Kate Spade

There's a woefully short list of the effortlessly stylish that includes women like Catherine Deneuve and the late Audrey Hepburn. Add to that list Kate Spade. The slim, brunette accessories designer has created a brand that captures her classic aesthetic in more ways than one. Spade's label, which appears on the outside of her handbags, barely whispers her name. Wrought in lowercase letters, it's charming, unconventional, and indisputably tasteful: "kate spade."

Of course, Spade's bags have always stood for more than a label. While working at Mademoiselle as a fashion editor from 1986 to 1991, Spade observed a void in the accessories market. "I wasn't seeing a lot of interesting bags," she explains. "Women were carrying these big black or brown bags that they would throw things into and then stow under their desks or under the table at dinner." Spade changed all that when she left the magazine world to take a shot at filling the void. The first collection, launched in 1993, consisted of whimsical little totes full of charm and good taste. Spade designed linen bags for spring in colors like bright pink and green and a pretty mocha brown. She lined them with cotton sateen gingham and trimmed the tops with white flowers that had vibrant yellow centers. The fashion industry wasted no time in snapping them up.

One of Spade's signatures is a no-nonsense, boxy black nylon tote. That classic, introduced shortly after the spring bags that wowed the industry, was the bag that put the Kate Spade label on the arms of fashionistas from coast to coast. Today, Spade's line of accessories has grown to include animal-print bags done in sleek satin; preppy plaid silk shantung bags and footwear in a sexy range of slingbacks, sandals, slides, and mules.

If it sounds like Spade has been busy, it's because she has. But she's had help most notably from her husband and founding partner, Andy Spade, whom she met while attending Arizona State University. In the company's first few years, Andy spent his days in the world of advertising at Manhattan agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi and TBWA/Chiat/Day, but by night he worked with Spade as the business found its legs. In 1996, Andy joined full-time as president and creative director, and last year he launched a line of men's accessories under the label Jack Spade

There have been moments for the couple when the magnitude of their endeavor and its success has stopped them cold. "We probably first realized that this was big on a vacation to Italy a few years ago," says Spade. "We were at a hotel in Positano when this woman strolled by carrying one of our bags. I said, 'Oh my god,' and I nudged Andy. He knows the nudge quite well by now," she says with a laugh.

The nudge could become a major distraction for the Spades. Their company has grown to include a number of carefully chosen license agreements. Aficionados can now enjoy kate spade sunglasses, launched in the spring of 2001, and in the spring of 2002, Estée Lauder will launch kate spade beauty and skincare products.

The design philosophy that holds the company together is a simple one, illustrated by Spade herself. "When you are defining your own style, it's so important not to be nervous," she explains. "If you've already pulled off a simple, clean look, then you can just add one great piece: shoes or a bag. Find something you're drawn to, something you can't stop thinking about. Enjoy it. Play. I'm a big proponent of owning pieces that you cannot wait to wear. I go in waves of wearing things day and night, like this antique cocktail ring I bought recently," she says, flashing one hand. "You want to find something that speaks to you in a slightly eccentric way.

Over the years, Spade's personal style has stayed a steady course. "Did I ever have a Madonna phase in high school?" she asks rhetorically. "No, overall my style has always been the same," she says. "Some would call it classic, but when I find a piece I adore it doesn't really matter how I would classify it. I'm not too interested in the super basic or the super flamboyant, though; I play with both in a subtle way." And she is not at all interested in following the day's hot trend. Take these ubiquitous chunky-heeled shoes, for example. "I don't care if that trend goes on into eternity," she says."I will not do those shoes."

Who are Spade's style heroines? She cites two women who until now have never been mentioned in the same breath: actress Katherine Hepburn and Icelandic singer Björk. "Hepburn found a look and stuck with it,"she says. "She has always seemed comfortable in her own skin, and she managed to wear man-tailored clothing in a sexy way. Björk is kind of the opposite. She takes greater risks, and her style is more cutting-edge, but at the same time she's playing with fashion like Hepburn; she's dressing up.

Spade also appreciates the comfortable, pulled-together look of the average woman on the streets of Paris. "Parisians tend to use a lot of elements, but it all really works. It's not over thought. If you really think about it too much, the look can become stiff." And yet the designer understands the importance of paring down the elements at times. "I adore coats, the kind you can wear indoors or out. If I'm having a frumpy day, I grab my favorite little trench coat, and I pull it on over a simple skirt or sweater. I wrap myself up in it and wear it all day. It's a great look," she exults. "I'm wearing it right now."

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Kenneth Cole

Eighteen years ago, Kenneth Cole wanted to open a shoe company with limited money. From experience hr knew one had to get in quickly because so often new companies run out of cash flow before they get the chance to conduct business. He also knew it was easier to get credit from factories in Europe who needed the business than from American banks that didn't. So I lined up the factories, went to Europe, designed a collection of shoes, and returned to the states to sell them.

At the time, a shoe company had two options. You could get a room at the Hilton and become 1 of about 1100 shoe companies selling their goods. This didn't provide the identity or image Kenneth Cole felt necessary for a new company, and it cost a lot more money than I had to spend. The other way was to do what the big companies do and get a fancy showroom in Midtown Manhattan not far from the Hilton. More identity, much more money too.

Kenneth Cole had an idea. He called a friend in the trucking business and asked to borrow one of his trucks to park in Midtown Manhattan. He said sure, but good luck getting permission. He went to the Mayor's office, Koch at the time, and asked how one gets permission to park a 40 foot trailer truck in Midtown Manhattan. Kenneth Cole said one doesn't. The only people the city gives parking permits to are production companies shooting full length motion pictures and utility companies like Con Ed or AT&T. So that day he went to the stationery store and changed our company letterhead from Kenneth Cole, Inc. to Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and the next day Kenneth Cole applied for a permit to shoot a full length film entitled "The Birth of a Shoe Company."

With Kenneth Cole Productions painted on the side of the truck, we parked at 1370 6th Avenue, across from the New York Hilton, the day of shoe show. We opened for business with a fully furnished 40 ft trailer, a director (Sometimes there was film in the camera, sometimes there wasn't), models as actresses, and two of New York's finest, compliments of Mayor Koch, as our doormen. We sold 40 thousand pairs of shoes in two and a half days (the entire available production) and we were off and running.

To this day the company is still named Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and serves as a reminder to the importance of resourcefulness and innovative problem solving.

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Lambertson Truex

Lambertson Truex, the American accessories house is known for its contemporary vision of classic luxury. Founded seven years ago by Richard Lambertson and John Truex; the company has quickly established itself as one of fashion's most original and authentic new voices. Its innovative designs, exquisite materials, and commitment to fine craftsmanship, have won a loyal following in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Following the success of its bags, Lambertson Truex launched a women's shoe line; followed by small leather goods, gloves, and belts for women. Due in part to the success of the women's line, the company then launched the same assortment of accessories for men.

At the heart of Lambertson Truex, lies a fresh interpretation of authentic American elegance. The signature pieces: soft, structured handbags, carry-all totes, and slim clutch bags express Lambertson Truex's distinctive vision. The designs are concise and executed with warmth, integrity, and an understated tranquility.
 

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Longchamp

Based in Paris, Longchamp was founded in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain. Originally founded as a smoking-pipe covering manufacturer, Longchamp soon expanded to include more accessories for smokers. In 1957, Longchamp moved into a factory, uniting craftspeople and workers under one roof. Through the 60s and 70s Longchamp extended the line to include accessories such as lambskin goods, leather travel bags, as well as canvas and nylon travel bags. At the beginning of the 1980s, Longchamp expanded again with the first Longchamp retail boutiques in Hong Kong, Japan, Germany and Belgium.

As the Longchamp name spread and grew a reputation for quality and innovation, Jean Cassegrain's son Philippe took the family business's helm and helped Longchamp to establish its first Parisian store. In competition with Hermes, Chanel and other more established design houses, Longchamp remained solely accessories-based and made its mark in the accessories division.

By 1990, Longchamp had grown yet again to include gloves and belts as well as silk scarves and men's ties and cravats. In 1993, Longchamp launched its Le Pliage line, a foldable, convertible and more affordable handbag line manufactured with nylon and leather. In 1999, Longchamp marked its territory on the international luxury scene by opening premier luxury boutiques in the fashion districts of Paris, Tokyo and New York.

Longchamp Le Pliage - Pliage means "fold or bend" in French and boy, does this bag bend and fold! It is incredibly difficult to explain this convertible bag, which is Longchamp's premiere line. The folded-up version is smaller and because of an incredibly innovative design and an unbelievably brilliant idea, it is impossible to tell where the folding or affixing occurs. The Longchamp Pliage collection has tons of bright colors to choose from and can be a big tote or a small handbag. The handbags themselves, folded or unfolded, are great shapes, easy to wear and are definitely chic. Really, it's two bags in one and two bags for the price of one.

Longchamp Galatee Handbag - More modern and sophisticated than the Le Pliage line, Longchamp does something a little different than the rest with the Galatee handbag. In shining red split-cowhide leather, this bag is sleek and eye-catching. It is branded with six large silver Longchamp embossed studs on each side. The dual handles are riveted by two more silver Longchamp embossed studs. The simple yet modern look of the Galatee from Longchamp makes it easy to carry for day or night.

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Louis Vuitton

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The name of Louis Vuitton has been synonymous with the manufacture of high quality luggage, travel and leather items since 1854. Louis Vuitton is a subsidiary of LVMH, the first global group to specialize in prestigious luxury products. Since 1998, Louis Vuitton has diversified into ready-to-wear fashion and shoes with resounding success. From the humble origins as a trunkmaker, Louis Vuitton has always been a trendsetter, progressively developing a range of luxury products consistent with the brand's values. In 1998 when Marc Jacobs joined the firm as Artistic Director, this creativity entered an exciting new realm. In 1987 Louis Vuitton handbags became a subsidiary of LVMH, the world's leading luxury goods group. Louis Vitton has taken full advantage of the many synergistic relationships generated within the group, all the while retaining their identity and remaining faithful to their distinctive difference. Visit eLuxury.com today - it's the only place online you'll find authentic Louis Vuitton Purses & Handbags, including the cherry, speedy, & theda. buy authentic Louis Vuitton Handbags Official site: www.vuitton.com

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Louis Vuitton (August 4, 1821-February 27, 1892) was a luggage-maker and luggage-designer in Paris in the mid-late 1800's. More than a century later, Vuitton's handbags and luggage are now a status symbol around the world and are often looked to in the world of fashion. The Louis Vuitton "LV" Monogram design can be considered the very first "designer label" on a product (first in the contemporary sense), as it was created in 1896 with the intent of preventing counterfeiting.

Vuitton was born in Cons-le-Sannier, France. He moved from his hometown of Anchay, Jura, France in 1835 at the age of fourteen. Two years later, he arrived in Paris and started working as an apprentice for trunk-maker and packing-case-maker Monsieur Marechal.

The Louis Vuitton Company

Early Days (1854-1892)
When Vuitton opened his first store in Paris in 1854, he began by selling flat-topped trunks that were lightweight and airtight, and were bought by France's Empress Eugénie in its first year of sale. His first piece was the grey Trianon canvas flat trunk. Vuitton was the first trunk-maker to create a flat-topped trunk or an airtight trunk. (All trunks before this had rounded tops for water to run off, and thus could not be stacked.) Surprisingly, the Monogram Canvas design was not created until after Louis Vuitton's death; it was created by his son, Georges.

1854 - Vuitton opened his first store in Paris on Rue Nueve des Capucines, founding Louis Vuitton Malletier ("Louis Vuitton Trunk-Maker").

1860 - Vuitton opened a larger factory in Asnières-sur-Seine to accommodate increased demand.

1867 - Vuitton entered the Universal Exhibition at the World's Fair in Paris, winning the bronze medal.

1872 - Creation of the red and beige striped canvas

1876 - Creation of the wardrobe trunk, which contained a rail and small drawers for storing clothing.

1880 - Georges gets married and (on the same day) is given control of the business.

1883 - Georges' son Gaston-Louis is born.

1885 - The first Louis Vuitton store in London opens.

1888 - The Damier Canvas pattern is created by Louis Vuitton in collaboration with Georges, and bears a logo that reads "marquee L. Vuitton déposée" (which literally means "mark L. Vuitton deposited" or roughly "L. Vuitton trademark").

1889 - Vuitton wins the gold medal at the World's Fair in Paris.

1892 - Vuitton dies; the Vuitton company begins selling handbags.

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Golden Age of Louis Vuitton (1893-1936)
After Vuitton's death, Georges made Louis Vuitton a worldwide corporation.

1893 - Georges displays Vuitton products at the World's Fair in Chicago.

1894 - Georges publishes his book "Le Voyage".

1896 - Georges designs the 'Monogram Canvas' (shown to the right). It came to be called 'Monogram Canvas;' its graphic symbols were based on the trend for Japanese/Oriental designs in the late Victorian Period. This can be considered the first "designer logo", since Georges was driven to create this pattern to prevent further copying of Vuitton patterns (counterfeiting had already begun by this point). Georges then sailed to the United States, in which he toured various cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. He sold Vuitton products during the visit.

1899 - Georges exhibited Vuitton products at the maiden Paris Auto Show.

1900 - Georges Vuitton was given the honor to set up the "Travel Items and Leather Goods" section of the 1900 Paris World Fair. 1901 - the Louis Vuitton Company introduced the 'Steamer Bag', a small handbag to be kept inside Vuitton luggage trunks. 1904 - Georges chaired the jury for the St. Louis World Fair. In the same year, the Louis Vuitton company introduced a new line of trunks that have special compartments for items such as perfumes, clothing, and other goods.

1906 - Georges' son Gaston-Louis married Renee Versille and Louis Vuitton introduces trunks for automobiles.

1914 - The Louis Vuitton Building opens in Champs-Elysees. The building was the largest travel-goods store in the world at that time. Store locations open in New York, Bombay, Washington, London, Alexandria and Buenos Aires as World War I begins.

1924 - Only eight years after the end of World War I, the 'Keepall' is invented. This bag foreran the duffel bag in a travel bag for light travel to keep necessities in.

1929 - The seventy-fifth anniversary of Louis Vuitton, a toiletry case is introduced specifically for opera singer Marthe Chenal. It could fit bottles, brushes, mirrors, powder boxes and more toiletries.

1931 - Louis Vuitton introduced exotic bags such as a handbag of crocodile skin, as well as elephant hide handbags for the Colonial Exhibition.

1932 - Louis Vuitton introduced the Nóe bag. This bag was made for champagne vinter to transport bottles.

1933 - The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was introduced.

1936 - The golden age of Louis Vuitton ends as Georges Vuitton passes away. Estimates attribute Georges Vuitton with over 700 new Vuitton designs. Gaston-Louis Vuitton assumes control of the company. The secretary trunk is introduced for Leopold Stokowski, a conductor.

Corporate Age of Louis Vuitton (1937 - Present Day)

Louis Vuitton store in Omotesando, TokyoA recent book by Stephanie Bonvincini, Louis Vuitton, A French Saga, has made allegations about Louis Vuitton's links with the Vichy regime and the subsequent Nazi occupation of France in the second world war.

1946 - Louis Vuitton decides to go toward other industries instead of laying off workers in the post-war situation.

1951 - Louis Vuitton supplies all the travel items for President Auriol of France's tour of America after World War II.

1959 - New innovations in the treatment of canvas allow more bags to be made, and Louis Vuitton releases a set of Monogram canvas bags.

1959 to 1965 - 25 new models of travel items were introduced each year; a total of 175 new travel items introduced.

1968 - A Louis Vuitton sales office opens in Tokyo, Japan.

1969 - Gaston-Louis Vuitton dies.

1977 - The Louis Vuitton SA holding company was created.

1978 - Louis Vuitton stores open in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.

1983 - Louis Vuitton teams up with the America's Cup sailing race to form the Louis Vuitton Cup for Sailing. The Louis Vuitton Cup is an elimination round in which the winner sails against the America's Cup winner from the previous year for the America's Cup.

1984 - The first store in South Korea opens in Seoul.

1985 - The Epi Leather line is introduced.

1987 - Louis Vuitton and Moet-Hennessey merge to form LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton. The group continues to own the Louis Vuitton company and brand.

1988 - The Louis Vuitton Classic Annual Automobile Race is launched in Paris, France.

1992 - A Louis Vuitton store opens in Beijing, China.

1993 - LVMH launches the Taiga line, a luggage and briefcase black leather line for men.

1996 - The centennial of the Monogram Canvas occurs and LVMH spotlights various designers.

1997 - LVMH launches a line of pens.

1998 - LVMH adds Marc Jacobs, who designs the Monogram Vernis line, and LVMH launches a line of travel guides to major cities around the world.

2001 - LVMH creates the Graffiti line and a Louis Vuitton charm bracelet is released.

2002 - LVMH releases a Louis Vuitton line of watches.

2003 - Takashi Murakami & Marc Jacobs launch the Cherry Blossom Limited Edition, Multicolore and Eye Love lines.

2004 - Louis Vuitton opens stores in New Delhi, India and Macau.

2005 - Artist Vanessa Beecroft creates performance for new store in Paris.

2006 - Opens stores in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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Lulu Guiness

Lulu Guinness is in love with the fifties — the styles, the home décor, the colors, the ultra-feminine fashions. But she’s also quite adept at putting a modern spin on old classics. As she says, “You can’t just look like you are recreating the past, you’ve got to put a modern edge on things.” And she does. Her handbags are blasts from the past, with a nod to today’s fashion “must haves.”

Known for her very girlie, whimsically luxe handbags, Lulu Guinness creations are already considered quite the collectible accessory. A sensation in Europe, Japan and many exclusive stores and specialty boutiques including Bergdorf Goodman’s, Neiman-Marcus, Nordstrom, Scoop (New York) and Tracey Ross in Los Angeles, her handbags generally feature clean and modern designs with delicate hand beading or decorated in vintage cloth roses. Her most famous creations, the Rose Florist Basket and Violet Hanging Basket are considered accessory classics, and are now in the permanent fashion collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Called the “fairy god-mother of girlie handbags” Lulu Guinness has designed handbags and evening clutches (in the shapes of exquisitely detailed fans) for such noteworthy celebrities as Liz Hurley, Minnie Driver, Madonna and Judi Dench, for whom she designed evening bags for the ’98 and ’99 Academy Awards.

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