One from the Archives: Louis Vuitton Fleur de Jais Carrousel
by Reece Morgan | October 16, 2017
Any handbag spotters at New York Fashion Week for Fall 2017 would have noticed that shoulder-straps and crossbodies took a back seat. From clutches to totes to top-handles, nearly everything this season is hand carried. While we loved many exciting new designs from the likes of Gucci, Fendi and Anya Hindmarch, there is also a vast back-catalogue of archive options that can be given a new lease of life. This month, our pick of these is a Louis Vuitton special edition from Marc Jacobs’ 2010 collection.
Fall/Winter 2010 for Jacobs was a celebration of femininity with a fifties-era edge that looked like it was inspired by hit TV series Mad Men. As well as full skirts, tight ponytails and square necklines, Jacobs brought out the busts and bottoms, calling on models such as Elle Macpherson to lead the way. The handbags, which mostly dangled from the hands, were subtle, brown and centred on material and cut. One edition stood out, however, which was a multi-textured doctor’s bag with a large buckle and an abstract flower pattern in black sequins.
The Carrousel featured Monogram toile canvas with a “Fleur de Jais” pattern in black and slate sequins and a thick leather flap with a grainy texture. This same pattern appeared moments later on a Speedy, but it was the fresh cut Carrousel that got us most excited and it was soon seen on the arm of Kim Kardashian and even made an appearance on her sister Khloe’s Instagram.
Being a top-handle this is ideal for autumn/winter 2017 and being limited edition few people have had the chance to see one of these in person. We love its individuality and that mix-and-match feel created by the abstract flowers and clash of materials. Inside its light brown weave with a single slit-pocket. What’s more, its value is only rising!
For more autumn/winter 2017 handbag picks, check out some of our recent articles in the magazine including some excellent bags from Alessandro Michele’s Gucci. For more pre-loved bags and archive options, check out Xupes Luxury Handbag Boutique.