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Lady Dior Bag | Shamanic icon

This Bag hides two stories about powerful women.

This is the classic model Lady Dior, so called because it was the one that Bernadette Chirac, wife of then President of France Jacques Chirac, gave Lady Di during the opening of the exhibition of Cézanne that in 1995 hosted the Grand Palais in Paris.

More than two decades later, the French brand reinterprets this design with images of the Motherpeace Tarot, the shamanic letters that the feminist author Vicki Nobel made at the end of the seventies in collaboration with the artist Karel Vogel and in which she documented the evolution of the practices esoteric women throughout history.

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Speedy by Louis Vuitton.

The Speedy is one of the most emblematic handbags of the Louis Vuitton house. Its treated canvas, flexible and durable, light and waterproof, has been perfected throughout its more than 150 years of history. Its leather details – rigorously selected and dyed in a natural way – acquire a deep amber patina over time and its Toron-style handles (from the Latin “small cape”), are carefully sewn by hand. The golden padlock or the dark red-colored edges are other symbols that characterize it.


The canvas Damier and the Monogram are the most characteristic prints of the bag. The first was created by Louis Vuitton in 1888. A year later, Georges Vuitton presented it at the Universal Exhibition in Paris with the aim of sealing the corporate image and avoiding counterfeits. The canvas is stamped with the legend L. Vuitton registered trademark for the first time.

The Monogram arrives somewhat later, specifically in 1896. Georges Vuitton wanted to find a badge that would make his creations instantly recognizable. For this he chose a design inspired by the traditional Japanese emblems: it consisted of a circle around a flower with four petals with his father’s initials intertwined.

In the 60s the Speedy ends up becoming an icon, even a special size was made at the request of the actress Audrey Hepburn. Currently Marc Jacobs, creative director of the firm, has turned it into a blank canvas in which to pour his obsessions every season, transforming it, intervening it and reinventing it again and again, until making it one of the most recognizable symbols of the signature



Taking the Keepall travel bag as a starting point, Louis Vuitton creates the Speedy, with the same silhouette but bigger. Its original name was Express, but it was quickly changed to Speedy in a clear reference to the unstoppable development of means of transport and to the style of life of the time, faster and faster.


Marc Jacobs collaborates with artist Stephen Sprouse, who intervenes Monogram canvas with fluorescent graffiti. The Speedy Monogram Graffiti Khaki is born.


The first collaboration between the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and Marc Jacobs takes place, which gives rise to the new Multicolor Monogram canvas where the traditional print, on a white or black background, is reinterpreted in 33 different tonalities. This joint venture was so successful that it would eventually lead to a permanent Louis Vuitton line. The creative duo also creates the Monogram Cherry Blossom and the Eye Love Monogram, both limited editions.


The spring-summer 2006 collection includes a new twist to the classic Speedy with the Monogram Perforé canvas, whose fabric had small perforations that let you see a lining in different colors. That same year, but in its autumn-winter collection, the firm reinterprets the legendary Damier print in blue, in homage to the French Riviera.


The Speedy Bandolera is born with Monogram canvas, which incorporates an adjustable and removable long handle made of natural leather.

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The most iconic bags in history

The most iconic bags in history with the proper name, from the 2.55 from Chanel to the Paddington from Chloé and the City from Balenciaga. Passing, of course, by the Birkin, the Kelly, the Jackie …

The mention of three simple numbers (2-5-5) or six letters (B-I-R-K-I-N) can make the pulsations of many women accelerate by imagining two of the most iconic bags in history.

Grace Kelly with the bag of Hermès to whom later it would give name. © Cordon Press

Because 2.55 is a number yes, but also the proper name of one of the most desired pieces and a date, February 1955, recalling the time when Coco created one of the most famous handbags of the time adding a chain to the popular ones Wallets, to free women’s hands.

Special mention also deserve two of the bags with Hermès own name: the Kelly and the Birkin. The first, created in 1930 by Robert Dumas, ended up taking the maiden name of the Princess of Monaco, Grace, who used it to hide her pregnancy. His younger brother, the Birkin, was born several decades later by adding a practical second handle that allowed to open it with one hand. The idea was offered on a tray by Jane Birkin to Robert Dumas when he met on a plane; the rest is history (or legend) and belongs to the olympus of the bags.

They have also inherited the name of their famous carriers Lady Dior (by Lady Di) or Jackie, Gucci. And, speaking of the Italian firm, we can not forget the Bamboo, which was born, like many great ideas, of that need that activates ingenuity: due to the scarcity of raw materials during the Second World War, Gucci had to look for an alternative for the handles of the bags until they found the grateful Bamboo.








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Do you know what your bag reveals about your way of being?

In the first impression, this accessory also counts. A fashion psychologist explains what transmits the size or color of your bag and the way you wear it.

It only takes 7 seconds to create a first impression of someone we just met. This is the opinion of body language expert Judi James, author of “The Bible of Body Language.” This first trial can, on many occasions, be decisive and immovable, and it is influenced by such decisive aspects as posture, speech or facial expression. But also, like it or not, the hairstyle, the makeup (or the absence of this) and, of course, the clothes … With their corresponding accessories, among which there is one that stands out above the rest, the bag.


The bag is not another complement: it is a fetish object for countless women. “Luxury bags make your life more pleasant, make you dream, give you confidence and show your neighbors that you are doing well,” Karl Lagerfeld once said about the most exclusive creations. But even the simplest (and most affordable) models are important to their owners, as Carrie Bradshaw said on the small screen: “We feel naked if we do not carry a purse in public.”

This important psychological role allows us to assume that this accessory will reveal a lot of information about its carrier. It really is that? Dr. Carolyn Mair, professor of fashion psychology, answers our question and describes how someone can be from the type of bag you choose or the way you wear it.

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: Martha Hunt is seen wearing a jeans from Moschino after the Blumarine show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on September 23, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

Why do you choose one bag or another?

“The intuitive idea is that introverted people will prefer small bags (to carry them hanging close to their bodies so as not to attract attention) and extroverts, large bags, hanging from their man or elbow, so they can be seen. However, it can also happen that someone introverted wants to carry all their things with them and needs a large bag. Actually, I think it depends more on the situation than on the personality because generally the bag we choose has more to do with its functionality than with its aesthetic appearance, “explains Mair about the real difference between choosing a shopping bag or a mini Clutch “Maybe there is a direct relationship between the personality and the size of the bag, but it should still be investigated,” she acknowledges.

In his opinion, preferring a large or small bag is not as linked to the way of being as it may seem, but with more practical reasons. “How many things do you want to carry in it, how many options did you have and where are you going?”, The psychologist enumerates before revealing an aspect that I did convey about the owner. Carrying a luxury bag can make you understand something about your life: “That you have money to spend on that kind of things and that you want others to know,” agrees Mair with Karl Lagerfeld. According to Mair, color or material (unless it is vegan skin) need not be directly related to the way of being of its carrier, although if it is bright or of a light color, it will attract more attention from others.

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 28: Sara Sampaio wearing a red turtleneck with side slit, high waisted pants, red heels is seen outside Balmain during Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018 on September 28, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

That’s how you are, how you carry your bag

In the hand, like Olivia Palermo and other guests of Milan Fashion Week; hanging on shoulder strap, like the models; or around the waist, like the Kardashian sisters. The bag can be worn in many different ways, but each woman has a favorite. Why? “There is no empirical evidence to suggest that carrying the bag in a certain way reflects the personality, so the following explanation that I am going to give you is based on my opinion, elaborated from other tests that I know”, explains Dr. Carolyn. Mair before drawing some profiles from the different ways of putting a bag.

“Who carries the bag crossed like a bandolier in front of the chest is a person who likes to feel protected and safe. It can be someone who does not like to be approached, who prefers to keep the distance. On the contrary, if he hangs it on his shoulder, he will be a confident person, as well as an informal person who wants to do other things with his hands while carrying his bag. ” According to Mair, “it may be someone busy, multitasking”, the same thing that happens if you carry a crossed shoulder strap on your back or if you carry a backpack or fanny pack.

PARIS, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 30: Emily Ratajkowski seen in the streets of Paris during the Paris Fashion Week on September 29, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Timur Emek/Getty Images)

When the handbag from the elbow or is carried in the hand, whether clutch or not, “it means that the girl goes to a special place and the bag is the final touch of the look”, completes the psychologist on what she can imply the way to put this accessory. “Of course, I think that the personality can be shown more in the choice of the bag than in how it is worn. Sometimes, someone’s bag would not have been their first choice, but it was the one they had available for that situation, “says Carolyn Mair, returning to that practical role that must always be fulfilled the handbag.