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September 21, 2011

Louis Vuitton's Revamped Milan Boutique

By Jordan Kisner | Shopping

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Carry-on Vuitton. Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Just in time for Milan Fashion Week, Louis Vuitton is opening its newly renovated Via Montenapoleone flagship (39/02-77-71-711). Conceived by architect Peter Marino (whose résumé includes the ABCs of luxury stores: Armani, Barneys, Chanel, Dior, Ermenegildo Zengo, Fendi, Graff, Hublot …), the shop marks the debut of Louis Vuitton's Salon de Haute Maroquinerie, where customers can customize handbags, choosing from eight different types of leathers, 26 colors and five shapes. (Tip: Look out for the recently introduced Berlingot and Trapèze styles.) The boutique will also house a new made-to-order-shoe service for men, a Travel Room featuring classic LV trunks and a reconceived ready-to-wear line.

Still not enough monogrammed leather? Check out Louis Vuitton: The Art of Fashion, the Katie Grand-curated exhibition at La Triennale di Milano (Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6; 39/02-72-43-4208). It's a tribute to LV's creative director, Marc Jacobs. The only question is whether Jacobs will still be working for the fashion house by the time the show closes on October 9.

Don't miss: A peek inside LV's special orders department.

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