The Art of Packing

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Last week, for my big move to Washington, DC, I packed what seemed like my entire life into three suitcases. So much that it barely seemed legal by airline industry standards.

That said, I was relieved–yet a little disappointed–when I got word of Louis Vuitton’s Art of Packing guide. Disappointed only because I wish I had discovered this feature way earlier!

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Love It or Leave It :: Personalized Louis Vuitton Handbags

I’ve seen the lengths people go to just to become the proud and accomplished owners of Louis Vuitton handbags. Stories of a month-long granola bar diet, or taking public transportation instead of spending on fuel, come to mind.

But I’m wondering how the die-hard Louis V fans will feel about “Mon Monogram.” It’s a new personalization service from the bag and luggage makers, who say they can customize your selected purchase within six to eight weeks.

I tried it and was able to add my own variation of stripes and initials. Maybe it was my choice of colors, or placement of my initials but for some reason, I didn’t like the outcome very much (see below).

The verdict? I’ll leave the personalization to people who already own a closet full of Louis Vuitton and stick with the plain old classic pieces.  Because at nearly $1,000 a pop, I can’t see how it’s worth the risk.

Try the personalization tool for yourself.


Awe-some!: Stella Teams Up with LeSportsac


We’ve got great news for our environment-loving fashionistas with a little (a lot of) cash to spare!

Stella McCartney has partnered with LeSportsac to design an eco-friendly handbag/luggage collection.

The pieces are made of fabrics developed from 100% recycled materials–and are in keeping with LeSportsac’s tradition of creating alternatives to leather accessories.

The Spring/Summer 2008 limited edition collection is being hailed by the makers as “practical, yet desirable accessories that can be used across all aspects of life.”

The new line features tones of “dirty pinks, deep plums and silver greys.”

The environmentally friendly, trendy pieces retail between $98 and $475.

Buy them here.