For travelers who’ve been mulling over the idea of visiting London, here is a simple piece of advice: Go now. And while you’re there, don’t forget to stop by Selfridges to get your hands on a fake Louis Vuitton bag.
According to a research by consulting and audit firm Deloitte, designer products and other luxury goods, including the much covetable Louis Vuitton replica handbags, now cost less in Britain (in dollars) than anywhere else in the world. The trend is linked to the Brexit vote in June, which has decreased the value of the pound by more than 17 percent against the dollar.
The report, which was prepared for The Wall Street Journal, states that a Speedy 30 handbag from Louis Vuitton outlet now costs $102 as of Friday, October 7. That compares with $185 in Paris, and $197 in New York. In China, the bag is priced at $115.
The low prices are drawing many tourists now that the country is a much more affordable destination in Europe. Travel bookings from the U.S. to Britain has increased 6 percent for the period between October and December compared to last year, according to VisitBritain, a British tourism agency. In July—right after the Brexit vote—the country experienced 3.8 million visits, which marked a 2 percent increase from July 2016—a new record for any month.
The affordable pricing has expanded to other luxury goods, as well. A Balenciaga Foulard Fringe Dress from creative director Demna Gvasalia’s pre-fall collection costs $132 in London, compared with $156 in France, $176 in the U.S. (and online), and $165 in China. Fans of Loewe will be happy to know that the brand’s highly ‘grammable elephant replica bag is currently priced at $31 in London—a steal compared to $38 in the U.S. Get your camera ready.
Did Louis Vuitton just come up with a new, somewhat affordable gateway purchase?
Yesterday before the label’s spring 2017 show at Paris fashion week, creative director Nicolas Ghesquière posted an Instagram photo of himself holding what appeared to be an iPhone case shaped like the iconic Petite Malle bag. Hundreds of commenters declared their love for this splashy tech accessory.
The post left many die-hard fans wondering whether this new iteration of the mini “It” bag is a bespoke creation for Ghesquière or a new piece they can buy from the brand. Much to our delight, models walked down the catwalk holding a variation of the luxe case, which also comes in blue croc, gilded gold, and the label’s checkered Damier print in addition to the classic brown monogrammed version. The case, which also comes with a key-ring attachment, makes tech-y fashion unexpectedly luxurious. This begs the question: Why haven’t we seen the case before?
Louis Vuitton isn’t the only designer to experiment with the combination of fashion and technology. Yesterday, for Chanel’s spring 2017 fashion show, designer Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a data storage center with massive computer processors and multicolored wires serving as the backdrop. Chanel-clad robots opened the show, while covetable handbags such as the Boy Bag got an electronic makeover with exterior leather panels that lit up in different formations. Consider it a very grown-up version of the light-up sneakers you wore as a kid.
Starting at $5,200, the Petit Malle bag that inspired the Louis Vuitton phone case comes with a high price tag. But we’re hoping that because of its size, the phone case, which will be released in spring, will be an affordable way to get in on the chic look seen on street-style stars. This is one of those moments when we wish the label had a see now, buy now retail model. Here’s hoping more designers continue to experiment with tech-inspired fashion that won’t break the bank.
She may only be three years old, but North West has already proven herself a serious style force to be reckoned with. She’s sported matching looks with mom Kim Kardashian West, celebrated her birthday like a Disney princess, and worn basically all of our favorite summer trends. So, naturally, the pint sized style star came prepared for New York Fashion Week with a velvet camisole dress, white Yeezy sneakers, and — wait for it — a very tiny, very expensive Louis Vuitton replica bag.
At $95, the Nano Speedy costs more than the iPhone 7, a trip to Europe, and, frankly, all of our normal-sized replica handbags. True, she’s the daughter of two mega stars, was literally born into fame, and is still only three years old, but we still can’t help but be slightly jealous of every. single. piece. in her growing wardrobe. North, if you’re reading this, we just have one question — and you can totally say no — can we borrow that sometime?