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perfect fit: the LV Damier Graphite iPad case
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i was given first dibs for the Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite iPad case at my local LV boutique:



quickly snapped it up when i sensed someone circling while i was inspecting it. (no iPad case for you! he he...)




since i don't own an iPad (i have yet to find a need for it), it was my intention to give it to my dad as one of his Christmas presents this year. and i do feel quite pleased with myself that i did =]


twitpic: higgledy-piggledy
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packing for a Sydney respite tomorrow.

twitpic: Louis Vuitton Réveil Tambour
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i think i need a fancy travel alarm clock:




particularly the Louis Vuitton Réveil Tambour travel alarm clock:




  • Swiss made
  • 5-year guarantee
  • Case diameter 57 mm
  • Steel case with a Monogram-engraved back that opens out to support the clock
  • Quartz movement
  • Two time zones
  • Luminescent hands
  • Date at 3 o’clock
  • Damier Graphite case


AU$3,180.00


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i know its been almost a month, but i finally got around to taking photos. here's my little
LV Chadstone loot:




LV 'Canvas' necktie in taupe:




a very nice dressy tie. i love the detail:




Damier Graphite Brazza wallet:

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it was high time i retire my 7 year old
Taiga Vertical wallet (which is still in pretty good shape actually). with more compartments for cards, cash and other bits&bobs plus an integrated zip pouch for coins, the Brazza ticks all my requirements for a functional wallet.




and last but not least, Impulsion sunglasses in black:




from the
S/S 2010 men's show collection




these mask style sunglasses are pretty innovative. the lenses are embedded within the flexible laser-cut frames and surrounded by a contrasting ring which holds them in place. 







i must say, Louis Vuitton sunglasses are rather moreish. here they are with the rest of the gang:



clockwise from top left: Raymundo, Impulsion, Millionaire, Faux-Semblant Rectangle, Obsession Rectangle.


im very pleased and happy with my new additions. these should do me just fine.

.....until the next LV itch hits.

*GULP*


PS: i did mention i bought four items from LV that day. here's the fourth:


Oxford ballerinas in rose florentine patent leather for my mum.

;-)

LV Fall'09 Shoe Selections
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this season's shoe offerings at Louis Vuitton are very promising.

iLike:

Sunlight sneakers




Punchy sneakers




Navy loafers







iWant:

Monza moccassins in Damier Sauvage Graphite




i've been invited to the LV Shoe Night this Wednesday. i hope to see most if not all, of these there.


photos: Louis Vuitton

all wrapped up and rarin' to go
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i've been obsessing over these for a good 6 months since menswear director Paul Helbers sent his models down the
LV F/W'09 show* wearing them:





particularly the grey/noir/graphite.

pestering my favourite SA each time i visit my local LV boutique does pay as i am one of the first to get the
Damier Etole in noir:




and it arrived just when we're in the middle of winter here in Australia.




im good to go!



i LoVe it!



related entries:
so near yet oh so far, Mr JT's got his, my LV F/W'09 shortlist.
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so near yet oh so far
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i could almost taste it....





but it just had to arrive when im out of town for 3 weeks. BUMMER!

i got the call yesterday that my Damier Graphite etole in noir has arrived in Melbourne. although they would be happy to hold it for me until i return, i promptly paid over the phone - better safe than sorry.


now i wait...


Mr JT's got his
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spotted:



... or should i say checked? (ta-da-ching!)


the item in question:



when do i get mine?



UPDATE: LV Men's F/W 2009
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here's a little tidbit from my SA...

just as they did in
F/W 2008* with the introduction of Damier Graphite* where they showed both permanent collection bags and luggage:

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alongside LE/runway pieces:

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for
Fall/Winter 2009* they will release a new permanent line of Monogram canvas bags and luggage trimmed with black leather aimed mainly for the boys:

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while the season's LE/runway pieces will be the ones with the honeycomb matelassé treatment:

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im just as anxious as you to know which ones will actually make the cut and show up on the shop floor. unfortunately my SA couldn't tell me any more info besides the distinctions i've just mentioned. not everything walked down the runway and we know that things get altered a bit or completely scrapped, but here's what's possible:

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i spy a
Tadao* looking tote among them which im mighty keen about.

but my #1 target is still this:

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i hope the LV gods would heed. September seems like such an extremely long way away.

*le sigh*




LV Men's Autumn/Winter 2009 Runway
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for this collection, LV Menswear director Paul Helbers has taken cues from the exuberant LV Women's S/S 2009 look of a 1940's
jeune fille Parisienne with an African twist. he describes the new collection as "the traveling wardrobe of an African king". Mr Helbers has a penchant for mixing disparate ideas: 50's Cocktail Party in the Moon or Hawaiian Victoriana for example, but not prone to literal interpretations. so instead of going for an outright ethnic look, he opted for a more paired back collection of wardrobe staples that amalgamated high tech and high luxe. a formula that seems to prove successful season after season. thus guaranteeing the Vuitton man wardrobe longevity.

but we all know that in a Louis Vuitton runway presentation, the clothes come secondary to the real stars of the show: the bags.

for Fall'09, we shall see a number of past collections revisited and reinterpreted. first up would be bags and luggages in the classic Monogram Canvas trimmed with black leather:

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this unquestionably masculine combination was first seen on the F/W 2004 runway:

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for F/W2009, they have also made a more special version in honeycomb
matelassé:

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which instantly reminds me of the "Rebonds" soccer balls they made back in 1999 in support of Unicef:





the hugely successful
Damier Graphite Collection from F/W2008 makes a second appearance in the form of large briefcase-like holdalls:

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which to me looks like a slight improvement of the
Jørn.


probably the priciest and most desirable of all the bags seen on this runway would be these Monogram embossed leather bags in sombre black:

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that Speedy - to me its a Speedy because the straps attaching the handles to the body do not go right around the bag like you see in a Keepall - looks set to be the runaway hit of the entire show. but this reversed (bumps instead of crevices) monogram effect first appeared in the women's Pre Fall 2007 Monogram Bronze Collection:

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i was a bit sad that they didn't expand this line since i really like this leather effect. but now im glad it has reincarnated in black for the boys.

they have also included a couple of newbies. one is a line of what seems to be plain black whipcord material (similar to the black fabric used in some
Taiga bags) with black matte calfskin trim:

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quite minimalist and understated, which reminds me of Prada's signature nylon bags or pre-logomania Tom Ford for Gucci.

but the bags that will definitely polarize LV fans would be these:

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looks like they're made from some microfibre material with leather trims. the blue and the burgundy are quite alright, but not too sure about the silver. i like the size, function and simplicity of the shape. im definitely intrigued.



and to finish it up, here are my top 3 personal picks:

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a Monogram Canvas bag with black leather trim has always been a dream of mine to have. i really think the sharp contrast  works for men especially. this computer bag seems just perfect for my current needs.


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similar to the Damier Graphite Tadao (Feature Bag #18), these look like great unstructured totes that seem relatively lightweight and fuss-free.


but the one bag that stood out among all of them to me is this:

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its the type of bag you either love or hate. but the feather print - which is quite unlike LV - really appeals to me. through the years i have included a few bags with atypically LV patterns such as the Ouvea (feature bag #3), Canwan (feature bag #19), toile chemise (feature bag #8), Vail Blanket (feature bag #6) and Monogramouflage (feature bag #15). these are the sort of items that do not make a comebck. a one-time only deal. which is what attracts me to the feathers as well. plus i love the surprise people get when they later realize the bag im carrying is a Vuitton.


Fall-Winter 2009 proves to be a VERY promising season. im genuinely excited. what's your pick?


images:
Louis Vuitton, men.style.com, always in style.

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i seldom blog about things from other brands that i own. but i recently bought something from Gucci that i just have to feature:

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i know the kaffiyeh microtrend has gone mainstream already and is possibly on its way out. even i owned one of the traditional ones in the past. but i think this luxury version is quite versatile that it will remain wearable for many years to come. the large 133 cm square can be worn at least 8 different ways (that i can think of) plus the fact that its actually reversible instantly doubles the possibilities. this is how the Gucci website styles it:

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it can also be worn straight and conventionally like so:

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here's how it looks like in reverse:

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i was looking for a new scarf to wear with my new Damier Graphite items. the Petit Damier scarf from LV is nice, but a exact match may seem a bit contrived

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i think Gucci offered a subtler alternative:

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the flash might have distorted the image, but both sides match the Damier Graphite colours perfectly.

oh and by the way, it also comes in beige/brown too...

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... if you're not feeling grey =)

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now i wish Gucci would release more colours in the future like navy blue or a nice khaki/olive green.










Feature Bag #18: Damier Graphite Tadao
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TA-DA!



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Damier Graphite Tadao

i just can't resist a good large tote. especially since this comes with a practical and comfortable shoulder strap. this brand new design is named after the famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando, another Pritzker Prize winner. included in Damier Graphite's launch catalogue, here is Monsieur Duvauchelle modelling it:


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when im feeling understated, the sombre grey-on-black just sets the mood



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someone once described the new canvas as a black&white photograph of the original Damier ebene canvas. im inclined to agree. for A/W 2007, they printed photos of Damier suitcases and key pouches on t-shirts:


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were they already hinting of things to come? if you want to read more about this t-shirt, click
HERE.



while looking rather conservative and corporate, this tote can shift from work to play with ample room to function as an overnighter too:


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here's a photo of the spacious interior fitted with a large internal pocket, smaller patch pocket and mobile phone pouch:


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yet another fantastic offering from Vuitton's newest line. undoubtedly one of the most popular too. SAs from both LV boutiques here in Melbourne told me that the Tadaos are flying off the shelves the quickest. i highly recommend it. get yours today!



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Feature Bag #17: Damier Graphite Ieoh
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Damier the GREYt



this has been a long time coming. i've always wished they would play with Damier canvas for a change and imbue it with a more masculine colour palette like black, silver or navy blue. especially after the more feminine Damier Azur has been quite successful since its release in 2006. wish granted! presenting my newest baby: Damier Graphite Ieoh

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this bag is named after Pritzker Prize wining architect I.M. Pei
who is widely known for redesigning the entrance to the Louvre and its glass pyramids. the Ieoh is a new larger reworking of the classic Monogram Canvas Nil:

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(you can find out more info about the Nil from
eLuxury)

after almost exclusively adding hand-held totes and bags to the collection for the past two years, i was hankering for something hands-free and fuss-free. and although this particular bag is now part of the permanent collection, it did appear on last January's F/W 2008-09 Menswear show. here is it's debut:


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the bag has also been featured in their F/W'08 RTW catalogue:

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and here's a couple of beautiful photos from a Japanese
web magazine:

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for more info in Damier Graphite, i've also made a few related entries in the lead-up to this:
(Click1)(Click2)(Click3)(Click4)(Click5)
(Click6)(Click7)

yes, im obsessed with Damier Graphite. who wouldn't be? this is the first time LV has introduced a new coated canvas in their permanent roster that is specifically aimed towards their male clientele. and judging by just how heavily they're promoting it, the company sure got high hopes for it's success and reel in more men into the LV fold. i really love Damier Graphite and hope to be adding some more in the future. here's one last look:

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images taken from:
Louis Vuitton, eLuxury, men.style.com & Openers.


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i've taken a week-long break to spend some time back home in Canberra with the parentals. and like any good offspring, i came bearing gifts of an LV sort. just a couple of bits & pieces i thought they would like:

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the Graphite iPhone case and Epi Classic belt is for dad and the Marguerite Vert scarf and palladium Cube phone charm for mum. they loved them all of course. but my mum was especially excited because the silk scarf matches her current favourite bag perfectly:

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(LV Suhali Lockit MM in sienne)

its always good to be home.

Louis Vuitton Casino Night
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28 August 2008. LV Crown Casino, Melbourne, Australia.

got a few party souvenirs:

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yes, we did try to buy stuff with the LV moolah. with no success.



here's the current window display:

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seems to say: "all eyes on Damier Graphite".... isn't it fantastic? this has got to be the best and my favourite to date.

and our little loot from last night:

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that's my brother's Rem. i got my dad the iPhone case for Father's Day. the palladium cube phone charm for mum.

where's mine you ask? my SA showed me the Porte-Document to inspect last night. though stunning IRL, it just wasn't for me. if it had a shoulder strap, it could've been a different story. im just waiting for the rest of the collection to arrive in store before i make a final decision.

the Graphites have landed!
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they're here!!!



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although last week was the worldwide release (you can finally see them on the Louis Vuitton website too). for us Melbournians, Louis Vuitton has decided to formally launch their newest line and F/W 2008 Collection on the 28th of August with a little cocktail party at the Crown Casino boutique. why the delay? they wanted to tie it with their annual Father's Day event, which is celebrated here in Australia on the first Sunday of September. pretty clever....



check out the invitation:




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but its no regular invite, inside is a special Louis Vuitton poker chip:



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here's a closer look:



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"Louis Vuitton Casino Night". this has got to be the best i have ever received to date. i wonder if i can cash it in for some LV goodies. hehehehe.....






Meet the Graphites
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one last Damier Graphite entry before they finally hit the shelves in less than a month *YIPEE!!!* the new Damier Graphite canvas will become part of LV's permanent collection roster. a perfect counterpart to the mainly feminine Damier Azur line introduced as part of the 2006 Cruise Collection. these new masculine models were named after the some of the most prominent and celebrated men in the field of modern architecture. come meet the bags...



Jørn



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this soft briefcase is named after Jørn Utzon, the creator of the iconic Sydney Opera House.



Iyeoh



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the Nil reporter's darker twin honours the architect behind the world famous glass pyramids of the Louvre, I.M. Pei.



Renzo



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architect Renzo Piano, best known for the truly unique Centre Pompidou in Paris shares his name with the newly reworked Bastille messenger.



Tadao



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this brand new shopper is named after Tadao Ando, one of Japan's most celebrated architects. he is best known for the minimalistic and highly spiritual Church on the Water in Hokkaido, Japan.



Rem



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this new incarnation of the Amazone camera bag is named after Rem Koolhaas. an example of his work can be seen in the Prada flagship store (the one with the undulating "skateboard" ramp) in New York City.



other LV classics include the Keepall bandouliere 55



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Grimaud



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Pegase 60



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they are also introducing a new overnight duffle bag named Roadster:



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while the strictly limited F/W 2008 Runway (Defile) Collection distinguishes themselves from the permanent collection with their removable white handle covers and trim. only two models are being made:



Sac Travel



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and Porte-Document (Soft Briefcase)



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in stores worldwide 15 August.




with thanks to bagaholicboy for supplying the photos =)


LV F/W 2008 shoe inspection
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just counting the days until Damier Graphite finally gets released here in Australia. for the mean time, here's my F/W 2008 footwear shortlist:



Damier Graphite Elan sneakers:



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but of course. also available as a high top and a motorcycle boot. now i know why i didn't get the other Elan in Damier ebene (see Jan'08 entry "the Zephyrs did it!").



im loving the rather understated style of these new "Poker" Derby with covered laces:



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particularly the pink calfskin (top left) and the taupe patent (bottom right). it is interesting to note that LV's been churning out pink shoes for men recently. there's another one coming up next Spring. maybe i'll finally bite. but the one that really stood out for me is this beaut:



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it looks like metallic patent degradé, but i'd like to think its mother-of-pearl. i love it!



many thanks to the Bagaholicboy for sharing those photos.


you know you're obsessed when...
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... you begin to seriously justify buying something you know you have absolutely no use for.



case in point: the
Damier Graphite helmet



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makes me want to get an old Vespa. but i don't even have a licence. the boots look pretty good too.




source: men.style.com & fashionphile.com



a sudden re-think...
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i wasn't going to get the iPhone because although i've been a Mac devotee for many years now, the phone seems too big and heavy. i prefer compact and light, something i wouldn't even notice in my pocket. plus it took more than a year to arrive here in Australia. the hype an the novelty kinda died down a little for me. i've settled on the new black Nokia Arte to be my next phone. but now......



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*GULP*


grey days a-coming!
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teaser photos are slowly trickling-in these past couple of months. behold, Damier Graphite:



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some runway photos can be seen
here. i can't wait!!!!



thanks to freshmess, Shopalicious and labi of
tPF for sharing these photos with us.







ETA: some enquiring minds wanted to know who the model is. his name is Nicolas Duvauchelle, a french actor who will be the "face" of LV's A/W'08-09 menswear ad campaign.





LV Men's Autumn/Winter 2008 Collection
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here's what's in store next season: they'll be launching a new Damier Graphite collection:

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i really love this new dark Damier. i've been wishing for something black and grey for a while now. and these are just perfect!



looks like Bequia leather is making its fourth appearance:

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seems like this leather is a favourite of LV menswear designer Paul Helbers and i guess its proven successful with the clientele as well.


Bequia wasn't the only one making a comeback. it appears that Damier Vernis will be crossing over to the men's collection next season:

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i quite like the duffle-tote on the lower left. that and the Damier Graphite reporter with the black leather trim are my top picks this coming season.



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