We pick the 5 best bags from the Louis Vuitton S/S ’14 alligator skin set


As any proud LV toting stylista, I’m sure you wouldn’t have missed the report about the luxury label hiking handbag standards and more so, prices. That brings me to today’s stylish dichotomy- the good purse news and the bad purse news. Nah. Scratch that. I just have good news, that too the alligator skin kind. The French fashion house has released a slew of sexy purses, as part of their Spring/ Summer ’14 collection. And with that much animal on your purse, you will want to overlook the price tags. Still, the prices could be called practical. That is, if you consider Hermes rates reasonable. Otherwise, our countdown will ease you in.

But before we get to that, let’s observe what the latest handbags have in common. For one, all of them are displayed on Louis Vuitton’s website. Yes, even the ones that are the most exclusive. Skipped from the site’s visual inventory, reserved for only the most elite clientele, they now make a much-detailed appearance on the Internet, though, minus the pricing and purchase option. For another, if you were among those overwhelmed by the abundance of monogram, you will be happy to know that most of them come without the burden of loud branding.

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Now if you were looking for someone to thank, that would probably be Darren Spaziani. The former Balenciaga and Proenza Schouler accessories designer, was brought in by Vuitton to give their bags a much needed makeover. Results of said makeover are as follows, least panic inducing up, as promised-

5) Rossmore PM
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This compact clutch with a signature plaque is said to be inspired by LV’s legendary trunks. In which case, its adjustable and removable shoulder strap only makes it a much-mobile, alligator skin version of those stylish creations. And speaking of stylish, the clutch is lambskin-lined and available in a stunning red for the brazen. It also does a grey for the minimalist and is priced at $9,950.

4) Rossmore MM
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This next alligator skin creation is a mark of unmistakable sophistication. It takes the handiness of the PM and gives it an element of ‘Mad Men’. That’s right, very circa 1950 it marries retro fashion with the functionality of the present. With golden brass on the burgundy and silver on the black variant, this clutch can turn into a daily bag and comes with 6 credit card slots and interior flat back pockets making it quite a steal at $9,950.

3) NN 14 PM
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Inspired by the iconic Noé, this bucket bag is the best surprise this Spring/ Summer. Star of Marc Jacobs’ final show with Vuitton, it features the emblematic LV padlock and keybell as well as hand-pleated leather tassels. Elbow or hand carried with an LV embossed leather handle, the bag is a luxuriant blend of light aged silver hardware, gorgeous alligator skin exterior and black suede calfskin lining. Available in blue, black and fuchsia, it has “Spring/Summer 2014 collection” embossed on its interior base and is priced at $20,600.

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2) Deesse PM
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This bag does graphic chic in a boxy shape and exotic alligator leather. Compact in size, it can easily go from day to evening and comes with short Toron handles. A magnetic closure, interior flat pocket and lambskin lining further up its functional-luxe quotient. Priced at $22,400, it may also be available Red and Fuchsia but my pick would be the ravishing Blue Ocean.

1) Deesse MM
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With alligator leather, Deesse’s much-loved form acquires further distinction. The MM’s beautiful black version gleams with golden brass metallic pieces, while blue features palladium. Also lambskin-lined, it is perfect for day or evening functions and purse’s luxurious glory comes tacked with an equally extravagant price tag of $31,500.

[Louis-Vuitton]