Louis Vuitton: City Bags

By: Jacobs, Marc, Kaufmann, Jean-Claude, Luna, Ian, Murakami, Takashi, Pringle, Colombe, Muller, Florence, Nishitani, Mariko

ISBN: 9780847840878

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About this book:

This volume is an unprecedented history of Louis Vuitton's women's bags, the most coveted line of accessories in women's fashion. At the heart of Louis Vuitton are its City Bags, a range of women's bags that dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. Featuring the trademark monograms of the house, the City Bag story began with the Steamer, a resort bag designed in 1901 to be packed inside a much larger steamer trunk. These bags have in a hundred years formally diversified into a dizzying array of handbags for every conceivable function demanded by the modern woman. Profoundly influential, City Bags are now known to millions by their descriptive names (Keepall, Bucket, Papillon, Alma, Locket, Noe, Speedy) and are still evolving into more fantastical forms. Lavishly illustrated with new and archival photography, historical graphics, landmark editorials, and ad campaigns, the volume traces the history of these specific bag families, and examines the earliest specimens and today's most sought-after collectibles, including Vuitton's collaborations with Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama, and Rei Kawakubo and one-off projects by Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Andree Putman, and of course, Marc Jacobs. Louis Vuitton: City Bags is an ambitious volume on the creation and cultivation of a cultural phenomenon.

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This volume is an unprecedented history of Louis Vuitton’s women’s bags, the most coveted line of accessories in women’s fashion. At the heart of Louis Vuitton are its City Bags, a range of women’s bags that dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. Featuring the trademark monograms of the house, the City Bag story began with the Steamer, a resort bag designed in 1901 to be packed inside a much larger steamer trunk. These bags have in a hundred years formally diversified into a dizzying array of handbags for every conceivable function demanded by the modern woman. Profoundly influential, City Bags are now known to millions by their descriptive names (Keepall, Bucket, Papillon, Alma, Locket, Noe, Speedy) and are still evolving into more fantastical forms. Lavishly illustrated with new and archival photography, historical graphics, landmark editorials, and ad campaigns, the volume traces the history of these specific bag families, and examines the earliest specimens and today’s most sought-after collectibles, including Vuitton’s collaborations with Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama, and Rei Kawakubo and one-off projects by Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Vivienne Westwood, Helmut Lang, Andrée Putman, and of course, Marc Jacobs. Louis Vuitton: City Bags is an ambitious volume on the creation and cultivation of a cultural phenomenon.

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At the heart of Louis Vuitton, arguably the most recognisable luxury brand in the world, are its city bags, a range of women's bags that date back to the turn of the 20th century. This book looks at the history of these bags, the most successful line of accessories in women's fashion.

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Marc Jacobs is the creative director for Louis Vuitton and designer for the Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs lines. Florence Müller is a curator, fashion historian, and associate professor at the Institut Français de la Mode. Takashi Murakami is an artist based in New York and Tokyo.

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Marc Jacobs is the creative director for Louis Vuitton and designer for the Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs lines. Florence Muller is a curator, fashion historian, and associate professor at the Institut Francais de la Mode. Takashi Murakami is an artist based in New York and Tokyo.

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“This volume—which comes enveloped in a richly hued marbleized cover—takes sociology of fashion seriously, tracing the development of Vuitton’s trademark bags through “a system mimicking the scientific classification of plants and animals”…interviews with Vuitton collaborating artists, vintage paparazzi shots, and fun packing lists round out the book.” ~Vogue

“City Bags examines the century-long development and manufacture of the iconic lines that helped make the handbag a fashion staple for modern women…the authors and illustrators of this handsome volume, bound in buckram canvas with a swirl-paint print, trace the rich genealogies of Louis Vuitton staples…” ~Surface Magazine   “In Rizzoli’s latest luxury monograph, the creation and evolution of Louis Vuitton’s legendary handbag line gets a jolt of intrigue, thanks to a clever conceit: each bag is treated like a species all its own, classified and categorized with scientific precision.” ~V Magazine    “This book delineates the genealogy of the Vuitton bag, with stops along the way to show amazing photos of vintage Vuitton bags, complete with travel stickers. There are terrific images from vintage advertising dating back to the beginning of the 20th century.” ~WWD   “By the end of the book, your appreciation for LV bags will be so high you may find yourself drawn to your nearest boutique to admire the craftsmanship in person.” ~Lucky Magazine   “No matter what you call it, Louis Vuitton City Bags is nothing short of remarkable in its detail paid to every single style, permutation, and generation from this fabled brand. The book takes a genealogical approach with how and why each handbag evolved and is amazingly illustrated with renderings that look like family family trees as well as photographs. Louis Vuitton City Bags leaves no stone unturned and really might be subtitled “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a Louis Vuitton Bag and Didn’t Know You Needed to Know (But You Do).”  Without exaggeration, the creators have compiled facts, drawings, data, and history that are usually afforded to the categorization and authentication of antiques or fine jewelry rather than mere handbags. One must assume that LVMH does not look upon a Louis Vuitton bag as just any handbag bit as a slice of their long and revered history.” ~New York Journal of Books   “I certainly won’t look at a handbag in quite the same way now that I have read this amazing publication. This certainly is a great book to give as a gift…and one which will form the centerpiece of any fashion fan’s collection.” ~PoliticalStyle.com

“City Bags combines a unique, appealing approach to almost a scientific play on iconic shapes. The first comprehensive taxonomy of Louis Vuitton’s City Bags, a range of women’s handbags that date back to turn of the 20th century.” ~Trouvaillesdujour blog

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Beautiful book and super cool. It's really heavy and big. Awesome gift, looks and feels expensive and is worth the price. (read more)

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This handbook is for a true Louis Vuitton Collector! It goes in to great detail about how, when & where the City Bags were made. It even shows old to new bags in different styles (Speedy, Alma, Lockit, etc...) A great gift idea too! (read more)

From Amazon (seen 11 months ago)

Nice book, but I'd prefer to see more history outlined about each bag, iconic people who carried the bags, and less information about the evolution charts and the designer photo spreads. While these are nice photos, it wasn't what I was looking for in this book. (read more)

From Amazon (seen 11 months ago)

My friend is an LV collector - I couldn't afford to buy her a handbag, but this book was the perfect gift. It's pricey enough that most people won't purchase it for themselves, and perusing the beautiful illustrations will keep the LV aficionado occupied for hours! (read more)

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A great addition to any lover of Louis Vuitton and the luxury products that the house inspired. It is a teaching tool for me as I work for them. For the novice it is a must have. Fantastic bits of information to relish and fawn over. The book is luxurious and beautiful. (read more)

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Wife loves it and it adds to her collection of LV purses and other stuff. Personally, 50+ bucks is obscene to pay for a book, however she loves it so it was worth it for her b/day. It's rather large (positive) and the quality is there, so if you or your SO are as obsessed over LV as my wife is you'll/they'll love it. (read more)

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For those of us whose purchases of LV bags are few and far between, this is the perfect bridge of that gap of exquisite torture between yearning and finally acquiring a coveted LV bag. The book is loaded with full page spreads of the classic city bags, many are of model/celebrity and advertisement shots. Don't think I can do it justice with my review... this book is massive, chock-full of images and facts. It has plenty of diagrams, sketches and pictures of swatches. The Louis Vuitton fan will find many hours worth of enjoyable perusing in this book. The only minor quibble are the pages where they amass all the "(re)incarnations" of a single bag in its history (i.e. Speedy in Mono, Camouflauge, etc). All the multiple images of the same bag are crammed onto one "Biodiversity" page each and unfortunately the bags with the most versions are too small to show all their glorious details together. These clearly are worthy of a fold-out page. There IS one double-fold section near the front and it is a "Genealogy" of the Louis Vuitton line of city bags. If you like any of the classic city bags shown on the cover, you should splurge and escape a bit into Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History. It's like opening up a box of chocolates... (read more)

From Amazon (seen 11 months ago)

Any LV fan will love this book. A huge hardcover book with detailed history on the different bags that came to exist today. Many wonderful colour pictures of old and new bags. Price is right. (read more)

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i flipped through this book while at my local bookstore, while i love the rich photographs and wonderful writing, i was hesitant to pay $80+ for it (or $130+ at LV...!). after a quick search on Amazon and thanks to their 30% discount, i was able to get it for less than $50. the book arrived nicely packaged and i really enjoy reading it. (read more)

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The book i was looking for! (read more)

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Just what we were looking for. A comprehensive presentation of Vuitton bags. Will make a great resource for future searches for our collection. (read more)

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This is by far the most informative and complete guide to Louis Vuitton that I have ever seen. From the history to the bags and the pictures are amazing. (read more)

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Book details:

ISBN-10
0847840875 (6 sources)
ISBN-13
9780847840878 (15 sources)
Format
HardbackHardcover
Pages
400 (10 sources)400 pages
Publisher
Rizzoli
Language
English (6 sources)
Publication Date
9/2013 (5 sources)10/2013 (3 sources)5/20131/2014
Dimensions
251mm (w) x 323mm (h) x 37mm (d)9.8 x 1.5 x 12.5 inches254mm (w) x 330mm (h) x 32mm (d)311x249.68x35mm311x241x35mm9.8 x 12.4 x 1.4 inches9.70 (w) x 12.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)253mm (w) x 321mm (h) x 35mm (d)
Retail price
$85.00 (2 sources)$110.00£50.00RRP $83.94RRP: $78.34

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