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   CaliforniaMama  Monday Aug 12 11:56 AM

August 11, 2013 - Leather Zoo


In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Louis Vuitton SLG Savoir Faire collection, Billie Achilleos was commissioned to create beautiful “creatures” out of various “petite maroquinerie,” the French word for small leather goods.


Wallets, coin purses, belts and hardware from bags were layered and assembled to resemble various animals.

The animals are definitely high fashion bearing the Louis Vuitton signature patterned leather. The fusion of fashion and arts are highlighted in each piece.


The first 4 Louis Vuitton animals were born: the Armadillo, the Beaver, the Chameleon, the Grasshopper. All entirely made out of small leather (and more) goods from Louis Vuitton.

Don’t, however, take this lightly and assume the four animals were made by chance just because this is all the artist could came up with from a pile of Louis Vuitton accessories.

There’s a reason for each and every one of them:



The Armadillo is there to highlight the materials’ strength.



The Beaver stands for functionality.




The Chameleon – what else? – for color.



The Grasshopper for the sounds of zips and press studs, biensur!



Billie Achilleos, is a London-based self-described “versatile artist and maker of things,” and is truly crafty, inspired and inspiring with clever installations. She has, a BA in Technical Arts and Special Effects from Wimbledon College of Art (2007).



“I had the delight of accompanying my animals to [an] exhibit. It is by far the most lovely time I’d had with the Louis Vuitton team . . .”

Billie’s blog
http://blog.billieachilleos.co.uk/

Sources include:

Rockefeller: News of the World Magazine
Photo credit: Louis Vuitton

Women's Wear Daily

Style Frizz

Fashion Law

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BigV  Monday Aug 12 11:59 AM

I wonder if the materials for these projects were seconds doomed to the discard pile, or even confiscated fakes that could not be sold. That looks like a LOT of money there, many wallets, belts, purses, doodads and thingamabobs. Those "small articles" are expensive.



Sundae  Monday Aug 12 02:23 PM

I have no interest in high fashion (although a small smattering of knowledge.)
And even less interest in designer names or conspicuous consumerism.

But.

Blimey, gorgeous. This is art.
I'd like to own most of those, although I'm pretty sure if'n I had the money I still wouldn't buy any of them.
Well. The cat maybe. And the mouse to keep it company. And definitely the 'dillo...
But I'd probably pay for my cock elsewhere.

What?



Clodfobble  Monday Aug 12 02:41 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV
Those "small articles" are expensive.
Only because of high profit margins. They are not nearly so expensive to the manufacturer, who no doubt gave her a large supply to work with since they were the ones who commissioned her to create the creatures in the first place.


BigV  Monday Aug 12 03:03 PM

... I don't know. What do you think affects the profit margin? The sale price minus the cost of production, right? Certainly there's less material cost in some of the smaller items, but smaller items can sometimes justify more exotic and expensive materials. Also, the manufacturing cost, the labor for some small item can still be substantial, even though they're making lots of small cuts and seams instead of long lines like on ... pants and coats?



glatt  Monday Aug 12 08:49 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
... I don't know. What do you think affects the profit margin?
It's all the brand name.


SPUCK  Tuesday Aug 13 07:21 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigV View Post
I Those "small articles" are expensive.
Not like an AC boat!! You realize the feeder race that selects the contender for the America's Cup Race is sponsored by Louis Vuitton?

$125million dollars

Love the animals!!


CaliforniaMama  Thursday Aug 15 01:00 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sundae View Post
I have no interest in high fashion (although a small smattering of knowledge.)
And even less interest in designer names or conspicuous consumerism.

But.

Blimey, gorgeous. This is art.
I'd like to own most of those, although I'm pretty sure if'n I had the money I still wouldn't buy any of them.
Well. The cat maybe. And the mouse to keep it company. And definitely the 'dillo...
But I'd probably pay for my cock elsewhere.

What?


I'm hear you, girlfriend, but I'd trade the chameleon for the 'dillo.


pdxevergreen  Saturday Oct 12 05:12 PM

The best place to find purses/wallets/bags for cheap is Purses and More



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