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Known as the Petite Malle iPhone case, or the iTrunk, these have to be the most talked about iPhones this season yet, after Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquière first teased social media with a shot of him using the case before they were seen coming down the runway during LV’s Spring-Summer 2017 runway presentation in Paris.
The most talked about bit regarding the cases isn’t whether we all want one, or which combination should we get, rather, it’s the selling price, which in Singapore is almost the same as getting a new iPhone7 without contract. Yes, folks, the cases retail for SGD1600 and SGD1710 for the iPhone7 (which also fit the iPhone6Plus, by the way) and iPhone7Plus cases respectively, which even for me isn’t exactly chump change.
And while I can tell you why you shouldn’t get one (it’s much too expensive, and isn’t a new iPhone supposed to be released this year as well), these are still the only two reasons against. The list of reasons for, however, is much longer.
Besides the fact that they are beautifully crafted, each made to resemble a vertical Petite Malle (oh, how cute is that), it’s also rather hefty, a solid piece of Italian craftsmanship that isn’t flimsy or likely to fall apart in days. Made up of two parts, you take the case apart at the ‘lock’ (see the seam on the pieces shown above?), which you then proceed to slide your phone into, before snapping them together in a beautiful click.
Yes, the sound it makes, it’s a beautiful click, one that will be strangely reassuring despite the fact that you’ll be eating bread for the next 3 months. But no matter, because besides being a beautiful case, it’s also destined to be a collectible that no die-hard fan of Louis Vuitton should be without. Available in Monogram Canvas, Monogram Eclipse and Monogram Reverse for the basic models, I hear there are others (which will retail at higher prices) will include those in Epi as well as exotic skins.
If you aren’t convinced (and I don’t blame you), head down to any Louis Vuitton in Singapore and kindly request to see one. Yes, actual pieces are already available locally, and while you might not be able to walk out with one immediately, you could put yourself down on the waitlist and be allotted one as soon as more stocks prevail.Louis Vuitton News
Over here, ladies! We’ll be moving on to Part 2 of our feature on Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2016 Runway Bag Collection, where you can find bags, bags and more bags you’ll surely want to have. For Part 1, you can check out the link below.
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The classic House trunk from the 1800s has been zapped into a smaller, more compact version in the form of the Petite Malle Bag. We don’t blame Nicolas Ghesquière for being so upfront about his love for the brand’s classic pieces (and his desire to have them recreated). And in this collection, there’s an array of designs and canvasses (and skins, and…) to choose from! Timeless, indeed. Do you have a favorite among these pieces?
Malletage bags are pieces that don’t need any introduction. They speak for themselves, see?
More pieces for your consideration…well, it’s hard to choose.
What do you think about the collection as a whole? Are there any pieces that caught your fancy? Comment now and tell us all about it!Accessories
We all know about the Petite Malle, one of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s key contributions to the quietly revamped French luxury house, that was (and still is) one of Louis Vuitton’s biggest hits, both on and off the runway. Fittingly, to celebrate Singapore’s upcoming Golden Jubilee (or #SG50, in hashtag speak), Louis Vuitton will be releasing not one but two limited edition Petite Malle bags just for the celebrations.
The first one most of you have already seen, in Monogram Canvas, comes trimmed with a hue that I’m calling Singapore-red (officially it’s called Royal Rouge) and finished with gold hardware. Limited to just 38 pieces and priced at SGD7050, you could probably start wait-listing for this stunner of a bag now at LV’s Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands.
The second one is the luxurious red alligator skin Petite Malle that comes trimmed instead in black with the accompanying sling in the same colour. Finished with gold-tone hardware, this particular piece is limited to just 9 pieces (9 being the date of Singapore’s National Day on 9 August). Priced at a whopping SGD48,500 apiece, it’s clearly targeted at the consummate collector that must own every Petite Malle ever made.
For everyone else (and those keen on the first Petite Malle), you can view them all at a special Petite Malle exhibition that kicks off on 3 August 2015 at Louis Vuitton Island Maison, where its craftsmanship will be showcased.Handbags
I love the Petite Malle, Louis Vuitton’s now-iconic hard-sided box clutch that comes with a sling. Inspired by the French luxury house’s heritage as far as its spirit of travel (and their to-die-for travel trunks) is concerned and I’ve also loved almost every interpretation of it, from being clad in Monogram Canvas and Damier Ebene to quilted leathers, each more desirable than the next.
And then there’s this, which is from a new collection called Stickers. Meant to be fun and whimsical, this particular Petite Malle comes covered in printed glossy Verniswith, you guessed it, stickers. Not actual stickers you can peel and reuse (or even peel from a sticker sheet and apply yourself), but comes as part of the print. Which frankly is ghastly, part 50s-housewife, part retro-dinner and all weird.
In other words, do I love this rendition? No.
No. No. No.
But if you have some USD5500 to spare, be my guest, though honestly there are much more classically elegant variations out there you should buy instead.Handbags
As promised, here’s another post on Louis Vuitton’s S/S15 collection that features not only a new bag, but a new ‘colour’ as well. Given Nicolas Ghesquière’s update for the new season, he has taken the traditional brown/beige Monogram Canvas and updated it into a black/red combination that’s actually quite stunning. Called Monogram Rouge Noir, this coated canvas will be making an appearance on a selection of bags, SLGs and even shoes, including the one shown above which I’ll get to next.
One of the pieces I fell hardest for when I previewed it last year during the press presentation in Bangkok, it’s a squishy soft-sided take on the Petite Malle which has done very well for the French luxury house of late. Looking almost exactly like its predecessor right down to its leather trim and front clasp, it’s topped with a zip that runs right across the bag for easy access.
Available in 2 sizes (the MM and the GM), the unisex Petite Malle Souple will also come in toile and calf leather, but for now, let’s just focus on this beauty. Besides being easier to handle (it’s squishy, remember?), it’s also a tad (just a tad) easier on the pocket, with the MM and GM retailing for SGD4800 and SGD5650 respectively.
To be released sometime in early March 2015 (late February if we’re lucky), there are only 2 things you need to do right now regarding this bag. Save. And wait list. Which is what I’ll be doing as far as this baby is concerned.Handbags
This furry sheepskin wonder has set our hearts on fire…and we want it too! The Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Sheepskin Bag is most-wanted this season, and is a mainstay of the Fall/Winter 2015 Collection. If you’re all about workmanship and heavy detail, then this is your best bet!
Worn as a clutch or over your shoulders (since it comes with a removable, adjustable leather strap), this furry sheepskin has an exclusive Malletage embossed and printed top-strap with a finely crafted S-lock closure (securing all of your belongings in place). It even comes with a removable pocket mirror, which is useful for instant touch-ups anytime, anywhere. I mean, if you want to stand-out and be remembered, then this is the piece you can count on.
READ: Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag
Measuring 18cm x 12cm x 4cm (L x H x W), you can get your very own Petite Malle Sheepskin Bag for €6000 EUR, £5000 GBP or $73500 HKD