SELF-MADE CLAS­SICS

Fancy craft­ing your own Noe or Lockit bag in spe­cial skins, crazy colours or just the most stream­lined model? BAZAAR looks into the ap­peal of mak­ing your own Louis Vuit­ton.

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WHAT IS IT?

It’s not ev­ery­day you get a chance to make your own Vuit­ton icon. For the first time in KL and avail­able ex­clu­sively at the new Louis Vuit­ton Starhill Global Store, you can per­son­ally craft your very own Lockit, Noe, Tri­an­gle, Neo Steamer, and Mi­laris in myr­iad ways. Imag­ine sit­ting in the heart of Bukit Bin­tang, sip­ping your cup of tea and qui­etly con­tem­plat­ing the eight dif­fer­ent types of leather (in­clud­ing shiny and matt al­li­ga­tor), over 27 colours and 40,000 pos­si­ble com­bi­na­tions. It may take more than just a cup of cha to get to your fi­nal bag de­sign. But no rush, as this bag of dreams will take at least half a year to con­struct be­fore it lands in your arms.

WHERE?

Once you’ve fin­ished play­ing cre­ative di­rec­tor, the bag is then con­structed at As­nières, Paris. This se­cret lo­ca­tion holds some of this mai­son’s craft­mak­ing se­crets. It’s the place where his­tory was built, when Em­press Eugénie called upon the ser­vices of the founder, Louis Vuit­ton him­self, to cre­ate over 1,001 ways to trans­port her per­sonal ef­fects when she trav­elled. To­day, it is still the an­ces­tral home of the Vuit­ton fam­ily. On the man­i­cured grounds, there are mu­se­ums and work­shops that craft some of the spe­cial or­ders, hard­sided lug­gage, and bags in ex­cep­tional leathers. “More than a place, As­nières is a sym­bol, an ab­so­lute link be­tween the past, the present, and the fu­ture … the sum of all that en­hances Louis Vuit­ton’s savoirfaire and spirit of el­e­gant travel. A sense of tra­di­tion com­bined with ab­so­lute in­no­va­tion, serv­ing per­fec­tion and the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of de­sire,” says Yves Car­celle, for­mer chair­man and CEO of Louis Vuit­ton.

And what de­sire we have for this spe­cial or­der. The haute maro­quinerie bag tra­verses the globe – and the best part is that now we can de­sign our very own. The ser­vice was launched on Septem­ber 2, 2011 in Mi­lan to co­in­cide with the open­ing of the Vuit­ton shop on Via Mon­te­napoleone. Since then, 15 Vuit­ton shops in the world have of­fered this ser­vice. And now, Malaysia will have the 16th store.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

What is so spe­cial about this ser­vice is that there are only three hand­bag de­signs in­spired by the icons of the House and two new shapes. You can cus­tomise the shape, the type of leather, colour of leather, in­ner leather lin­ing, and even per­son­alise the bag to cre­ate some­thing that’s es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful. The Haute Maro­quinerie ser­vice is avail­able at the new Louis Vuit­ton Starhill Global Store, In­dulge Floor, Starhill Gallery. Tel: 1800 888 586. Prices start from RM29,100.

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