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Louis Vuitton Pochette W

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Louis Vuitton Pochette W

Just launched on 1 January, 2014, this pochette by Louis Vuitton is the perfect way to start the new year! Retailing at $1,000USD, this stunning pochette is an extension of the W bag, which has been a recent hit among Vuitton collectors and handbag enthusiasts.

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The W tote retails for over $4,000 and has two options in most styles--the PM or the GM. For the price point and the practicality, I highly recommend this piece for your accessories collection.

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With similar design to its bigger brother, the W tote, this style has Chocolate Veau Cachemire calfskin and monogram canvas.

W interior

The interior is practical and spacious for a pochette. Its calf leather lining includes six card slots and a pouch inside, perfect for receipts and cash. The pochette easily turns into a wallet, and is large enough to fit an iPad mini inside the main compartment. It can easily fit an iPhone inside. I would only recommend fitting one device inside as to not stretch the pochette.

W side view

As you can see from the side, even when filled with an iPad Mini, credit cards, tissues, cash, and receipts, it is comfortable and not overly stuffed. It is quite the chic and practical accessory, with a loop to carry it on the hand. The W Pochette measures at 10.6" x 7.1". It is perfect for running errands and also for a night out with friends!

W modeling pic

Getting this W Pochette was a great start to the new year! I've already used it a bunch of times for both errands and a night out in Manhattan with a best girlfriend of mine. I must add that it particularly came in hand whenever I had to carry two Starbucks lattes out of the store along with a hot pretzel--the pochette just dangled freely from my wrist, making the task so simple. I'm not a clutch kind of gal, but this pochette converted me! I'm usually one to go for big bags and totes, but I've been trying to downsize. And the W Pochette is my favorite new small accessory!

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Everything's Coming Up Roses: Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Roses Speedy 30

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Everything's Coming Up Roses: Louis Vuitton Stephen Sprouse Roses Speedy 30

I've been trying to wean myself off of the Vuitton monogram for a while, but I still hold some styles near and dear. Unfortunately I wasn't "in" to Louis Vuitton in 2009 when they released their limited Stephen Sprouse Roses collection.

My favorite limited edition collection to date, Vuitton Roses is a classic style that is perfect for the spring and summer. It is a fun, casual look that is coveted by many Vuitton collectors (I should know... I've been drooling over this fun print for a very long time!) I found this Speedy 30 on a reputable online consignment store and had it authenticated by two different parties before purchasing.

When it finally arrived in the mail, I was ecstatic. The roses have more of a colorful pop than in the photos I viewed and it is in very good condition.

When cared for properly, Speedy bags can mature beautifully, leaving a honeyed patina on the vachetta and the canvas becomes smooth and flexible. Compared to my first Speedy, the blue Yayoi Kusama, which is stiff with virgin leather, this aged bag is a welcomed piece in my collection.

Stay tuned for an upcoming article about buying pre-owned luxury items and a look into the consignment business with a professional!

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'80s Baby: Louis Vuitton Epi Noé

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'80s Baby: Louis Vuitton Epi Noé

My local consignment shop posted their latest additions on Facebook earlier this afternoon. Immediately after I saw this beauty, I high-tailed it over to the store. I had to make sure I got to it before anybody else!

This is only my second "pre-loved" bag that I've purchased. So as you can tell, I'm partial to purchasing new. But there's something special about vintage pieces! The Noé in Epi is no longer in production, so it made this bag all the more desirable. Luckily, the bag came from a smoke-free and pet-free home. It didn't have an unpleasant odor, which is fantastic considering the bag is almost 23 years old. The bag is large enough to fit an iPad, but just barely. An iPad mini would be better suited for this bag, as well as smaller accouterments.

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This Louis Vuitton blue Epi Noé was made in France in 1989. Being just a few months younger than I am, it's in fantastic condition (not that I'm old or anything...). :) It is such a perfect bag for the summer!

Epi Noe 2

Stay tuned soon for a post about what to know about pre-loved bags and the world of consignment!

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Who Styles It Better: Loeffler Randall or Louis Vuitton?

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Who Styles It Better: Loeffler Randall or Louis Vuitton?

The Loeffler Randall Rider Bag is an It Bag for the person on-the-go. Larger than the Louis Vuitton pictured both below and above, the Rider bag is fit for your tablet, small book, wallet, and other essentials. I absolutely love the Rider's look. Because there are so many colors available, I think the bag can appeal to men as well, as a cross-body portfolio option. One of the really neat things that the Rider bag can do is that the bag can be strapped onto a bicycle using the posterior belts. Super cool!

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One of Louis Vuitton's newest gems, the Monceau BB is a retro cross-body to die for! If you're into Vuitton, this bag is worth getting because it is gorgeous and has the craftsmanship and quality care that every Vuitton bag includes. I also think if you're looking to invest in Vuitton, buying a non-monogram bag is your best option. Typically bags that have discreet monogram or have none at all are more expensive than the monogram canvas pieces--and in my opinion are better worth your money.

LV Monceau BB

To be honest, I want them both. Of course in different colors... But they both are wonderful, different bags. The vernis leather of the Vuitton is absolutely gorgeous, but there's also something special about the pure, vachetta leather of the Loeffler Randall. And I love how the Rider bag is larger (as I'm a carry-all sort of person, this is important). Price-wise, you could buy three Rider bags for one Monceau. So if you want the look but want to be more economical, definitely go for the Loeffler Randall. However if you're a patent leather lover and have the funds, I'd recommend the Vuitton for sure.

My opinion:  To a handbag lover like myself, they are two different beasts. I'd find a purpose for both of them. :)

What do you think?

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100th Blog Post: Louis Vuitton Monogram Kusama

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100th Blog Post: Louis Vuitton Monogram Kusama

If you can believe it, it's The Shoulder Strap's 100th blog post! It's not even been a year, and I'm happy to say that I've had a fantastic time so far with this blog. It is such a release--a fantastic outlet to throw creativity into, and I am driven everyday by my readers and the beautiful accessories that come onto the market.

What I'm writing about today is the absolutely beautiful Yayoi Kusama for Louis Vuitton collection. Since the summer, there have been two launches--one in July and one recently in September. The earlier collection was mostly vernis patent leather with various colors of polka dots, as seen below.

The later collection, just released on September 7 in the US, is primarily focused on the Monogram Town Square pattern, which is highlighted by original pictures in this post. The Monogram Town Square pattern was overwhelmingly more popular than the initial collection. Often compared to a Mickey or Minnie Mouse kind of pattern, there are lots of items still available from the first collection at stores nationwide. These new monogram town dots, though, are flying off the shelves!

I was lucky to grab a few pieces to add to my collection before they go away forever. To me, the red stood out the most. As I was incredibly lucky to add a Monogram Rayures to my collection, I decided to stay away from the white even though I loved it. Money doesn't grow on trees, or I probably would've grabbed a blue Kusama Speedy as well! :) As you can see above, the interior of the Zippy Wallet is red leather. It's a simply beautiful piece that is both sturdy and gorgeous! I would definitely recommend the Zippy wallet over the Insolite. The leather zipper pulls quickly curl (and stay that way!) and doesn't look as "new" as a Zippy might after a few months. I say this because my Monogram Rayures Insolite wallet isn't aging as well as I had thought. Only using it a few times, it doesn't hold well in the dust bag. Definitely consider this when purchasing an Insolite!

Perhaps my favorite part of the new collection is the Neverfull. Not having any red accessories (surprisingly), I decided to choose this gorgeous bag. Another reason is because it is notable that most if not all of the limited Neverfull bags are made with a stronger, more durable canvas. The Monogram Rayures has the same integrity of product. One of the best things about the bag is the interior! Peeking out of the back, if you can see, is this beautiful red and black spotted fabric lining.  Something certain to be a great collector's item today and years from now.

What do you think of the newest Kusama collection?

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