From someone who recently happened to walk past the Louis Vuitton flagship store in Paris, know this – walking past that place gives off a little magic. Louis Vuitton blows most other brands out of the water when it comes to luxury status symbols. The luggage and fashion giant is instantly recognized with its iconic monogram print, and everyone from Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez to the Kardashians are fans. Hundreds of styles, sizes, fabrics, and customizations basically make Louis Vuitton the all-you-can-eat buffet of high-end accessories, although customers are paying a hefty price to dine there. With the average handbag costing upwards of $2,500 and trunks costing up to $90,000, one thing is very clear: Louis Vuitton is luxurious.
Long before Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie were official LV faces, Louis Vuitton was strictly a handbag affair. We would see the rich and famous step in and out of 5-star hotels with the statement brand on one arm (and maybe the other). Now that it's 2018? It's belts, hats, phone cases, laptop sleeves, pencil holders, jewelry, and this season's biggest seller– sneakers. Most people have no idea that Louis Vuitton's perfumes can be customized. For anyone who wants a peek at just how much Louis Vuitton can accessorize us into a Beverly Hills A-lister, here are 20 ways:
20 ARIANA'S CAT EARS MADE US LISTEN UP
In June 2018, Ariana Grande stepped out in NYC with her own take on the signature Louis Vuitton look. Her monogrammed Louis Vuitton skirt took the designer edge one step further with a cute pair of matching cat ears. Well, those were the first thing that caught the eye. Ariana accessorized the look with a mini Louis Vuitton bag – somewhat outshining Pete Davidson's Alexander Wang shirt and Balenciaga sock sneakers. We've seen a lot of celebrities play up the Louis Vuitton monogram this year.
Ariana Grande's Louis Vuitton cat ears were definitely unique – for reference, Kendall Jenner's most recent LV bag had "bore me please" across it.
19 KIM K LETS LOUIS VUITTON TAKE CARE OF THE CHORES
In 2018, Kim Kardashian found a new way to rock the internet. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star wasn't taking to her bathroom mirror this time – nope, she was posing by her Louis Vuitton trash cans. The reaction was pretty mixed. Many fans found the picture to be in poor taste: "There are children all over the world [hungry] and Kim Kardashian has a [Louis] Vuitton trash can," was one Twitter response. Others were more humorous: "Why are Kim Kardashian's trash cans dressed better than I am?" Whatever Kim's motive was, it was likely tongue-in-cheek. She's pretty funny when it comes down to it.
18 LOUIS VUITTON BAND-AIDS FOR EMERGENCIES
Remember being a kid and wanting Disney band-aids? Welcome to emergency medicine, the Louis Vuitton way, In 2016, the luggage giant opted for an unusual and eye-catching concept for its Cruise campaign. Fans weren't so much noticing the model's fiery red hair here – the Louis Vuitton monogrammed band-aids on her fingers? That definitely got noticed. The Louis Vuitton monogram might have launched a million counterfeits, but it was, ironically, invented to fight just that. The Louis Vuitton logo as you know it debuted in the year 1896 to battle against fakes. Sadly, they're still a big trade, but Louis Vuitton themselves can always spot the difference.
17 IT'S GREAT INSPIRATION FOR MUSIC LYRICS
Tune into any chart-topping hit. If it isn't Nicki Minaj rapping about "Bentley tints on, Fendi prints on," it'll be Cardi B giving Balenciaga a shout-out. Hip-hop in particular likes to showcase its love of all things designer through lyrics. In "Whip It," Nicki Minaj mentions Louis Vuitton. In 2017, Drake's "Signs" track was inspired by Louis Vuitton's Spring/Summer 18 collection. "Drake signs" with the LV logo was the singer's Instagram update. For true rap inspiration, turn to Louis Vuitton.
Kanye West mentions Louis Vuitton 19 times in his lyrics. "I Louis Vuitton bag 'em" is from Nicki Minaj.
16 IT'S HANDY FOR ARTSY SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
You know the ones we're talking about. Those Instagram accounts that you secretly follow because they have that aimless, slightly pretentious, artsy feel. Some Insta-famous girl who always seems to be flying to (or from) Paris, surrounds herself with croissants, and finds everything wonderfully hilarious. Of course, when that girl decides to add a touch of class to her social media update, she will inevitably make a beeline for anything Louis Vuitton. Emma Stone is currently the face of Louis Vuitton – her face is on the "small goods" section of the brand's website, where small monogrammed wallets cost upwards of $1000.
15 WHEN JUSTIN BIEBER TAUGHT US THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RED
Who better to teach the kids than a star with 100 million Instagram followers? Adding a splash of red to, well, everything, Louis Vuitton turned a bold shade of crimson for its 2017 collaboration with the sportswear giant, Supreme. Out with the browns and in with the reds, the Louis Vuitton x Supreme range pretty much covered everything. Louis Vuitton itself called the Supreme collaboration logo "iconic." Justin Bieber wore a Louis Vuitton Supreme shirt during this 2017 concert (plus a blue variety). The collaboration was hugely popular, leading Louis Vuitton to announce a Supreme London pop-up store in June 2018.
14 IT CAN MARK YOUR CHILD'S FIRST STEPS
Moms will go crazy for the cute baby stuff. That's probably how the industry makes so much money. Those teeny tiny dresses, statement t-shirts, and itsy bitsy booties look adorable on babies – especially when they're too young to ever realize what they're wearing. In July 2018, Kylie Jenner posted a pic of baby Stormi in some very visible Burberry. Her "Stormi Strolls" post from a few months back saw Kylie (and her baby) covered in Fendi. It's only a matter of time before that baby is taking her first steps in Louis Vuitton. Definitely at the pricier end for baby shoes, but it's available.
13 IT'S A GOOD WAY TO LOOK LIKE SOMEONE FAMOUS
Not everyone wants to look like Kim Kardashian, but you've got to admit, the woman is influential. The athleisurewear, shades, and Louis Vuitton finish has become a firm Hollywood look, and it's inspiring millions of women around the world to do the same. Kim herself is often seen with multiple Louis Vuitton bags, and even her daughter, North West has been spotted with a mini LV purse. Then there's the way that Louis Vuitton just weaves itself into some people's vocabulary.
Kim Kardashian once said, "There's a lot of baggage that comes along with our family, but it's like Louis Vuitton baggage."
12 IT'S A STATUS SYMBOL FOR ALL STYLISH MOMS
Celebrities with $1 million purse closets might branch out into multiple brands. When The Sun reported that figure as an estimate of Kylie Jenner's bag collection, though, it noticed a lot of Louis Vuitton. The celeb fanbase for this brand is otherworldly. You want a list? As Eminem would say: "Here's the order of my list that it's in."
Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, and Emma Stone are all fans. Emma Stone recently became the face of Louis Vuitton. Elle reported the contract to be worth $6-10 million.
11 FOR ALL THOSE KARDASHIAN DUBAI VACAYS
You're likely less familiar with Middle Eastern culture than you think. Most of us are aware that many countries honor religious culture with women wearing a modest shawl. What most people don't realize, is the amount of designer clothing right underneath those layers. It's a commonly known fact that Saudi Arabian women are dripping in exquisite Chanel, Versace, Gucci, or some other luxury designer – you just never see it. The Kardashians are frequent visitors to Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Clothing regulations there are more relaxed, but having this packed should be a Kim essential (just in case). What about KKW expanding to the rest of the Middle East?
10 IT CAN PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR YOUR POOCH
Come on, this is adorable. While an upscale designer purse will always be the ultimate status symbol, carrying around a little pooch isn't far off. Dogs and celebrities go hand-in-hand. If you aren't famous, that puppy is probably the closest thing you'll get to acquiring thousands of likes on social media. There isn't a huge amount of evidence to suggest that canines are all that fussed about the quality of the leather they're sitting in, but this cutie looks comfortable. Louis Vuitton even has a selection of dog accessories. For around $2,500, you can get a dog carrier. For $420, you can get the Baxter Dog Collar.
9 THOSE LOUIS VUITTON KICKS THAT SELENA AND BELLA WEAR
2018 is the year for sneakers. From Yeezy Boost to Nike Air Jordan's latest drop, footwear has put its all into all things athletic, and the designer world has joined in. From the Balenciaga sneakers Kendall Jenner is spotted in to the Balenciaga kicks Hailey Baldwin recently wore, athleisure footwear is "in." For anyone "fashionista x sneakerhead," Louis Vuitton is right on the money.
The Louis Vuitton website currently has 79 men's and 36 women's sneaker models. Prices can be upwards of $1400.
The slightly more affordable Converse-style Stellar shoe is still $753. Still, it's #LouisVuitton. Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid, and David Beckham have all been spotted wearing them.
8 LOUIS VUITTON INTERIORS TAKE YOU ONE STEP CLOSER
For most of us, the aim is to own one Louis Vuitton bag in our lifetime. The monogrammed Manhattan purse for $2,292? The Volta for a slightly pricier $30,000? Even if it's the eye-watering $1,094 Louis Vuitton iPhone X case, we generally associate Louis Vuitton with clothing and accessories. Enter the diehard LV enthusiast. If this brand defines you, may as well have it define the one place you spend the most time – your home. Louis Vuitton has a variety of homeware items, from pillows and vases to more obscure objects. If the monogram and you are one person, make your home Louis Vuitton.
7 WHEN A LOUIS VUITTON LIVING ROOM ISN'T ENOUGH
To whoever has that Louis Vuitton living room – they're likely the same person who currently has this bathroom. The Louis Vuitton obsession started out with celebrities who could afford it. Paris Hilton spent most of the 2000s associating herself with a luggage entourage from the brand. So did Mariah Carey. While the obsession has calmed down for many of today's famous faces – Justin Bieber, Zendaya, and Rihanna are often spotted with just one bag, many fanatics still aren't over the monogram. There are entire #LouisVuittonFan Instagram accounts filled with interiors just like this one, although you really need to be a full-blown obsessive to have your bathroom walls etched out in LV.
6 THOSE SUPER IMPORTANT #LIFEGOALS
There isn't much these days that isn't worthy of a #Goal. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are #MarriageGoals. Demi Lovato or Khloe Kardashian are #FitnessGoals. From Kylie Jenner's "self-made billionaire" Forbes cover to the media outlet's report that Drake raked in $97 million in 2017, there's always something to aspire to. For something a little more low-key, there's always Taylor Swift cooking up a storm in the kitchen. As more of us take to social media with our daily Starbucks and some visual portrayal of our #Goals, Louis Vuitton is climbing the ranks.
There are 30.6 million #LouisVuitton results on Instagram.
5 IT'S THERE FOR ANYONE WITH A SWEET TOOTH
Food isn't the first thing you'd think of when imagining the ways that Louis Vuitton could accessorize your life, but where there's demand, there's... chocolate, apparently. The French fashion house doesn't state that it sells chocolates, although many fan companies whip up made-to-order Louis Vuitton cakes and chocolate trays. There are, however, some unexpected items for sale on Louis Vuitton's website. The "Fancy Accessories" section offers a Bird Fur Bag Charm for $602. For the same price, you can also purchase a Louis Vuitton teddy bear. The Ping-Pong Set is upwards of $2,300, although the somewhat pointless Yo-Yo is closer to $400.
4 ALL THE TANNING GOALS
If you're going to go on vacation and hit the sun, you may as well do it in style, right? Come to think of it, that Louis Vuitton brown could double up as a goal for the shade of tan you're aiming for. What? Louis Vuitton isn't a color? Ask Lady Gaga, who recently described her hair as "Louis Vuitton brown." The Louis Vuitton website currently offers two styles of towel. The Palm Tree Beach Towel has the brand's name written across it. For that, you'll be paying $530. For the Monogram Classic Beach Towel, it's slightly less, at $491.
3 THE MONOGRAM THAT MADE US CHECK OUT SOFIA RICHIE'S SHOES
From someone who went a little giddy walking past Louis Vuitton's Paris store just last month, here's the inside scoop. These boots were in the storefront's window (along with a ton of others). Louis Vuitton may still be associated with its iconic purses and luggage, but the fashion isn't far behind. This is the Laureate Platform Desert Boot. Not surprisingly, it retails for a staggering $1,211. With its thick soles and in-your-face design, though, the monogrammed boot is flying on shelves. The window also showcased a similar model in black (complete with the company's name written across it). Calling all shoe lovers.
2 THE PERSONALIZED LOUIS VUITTON FRAGRANCES
Very few luxury brands will offer an actual personalization of their fragrances. High-end shoppers looking to spritz themselves with the ultimate in luxury goods tend to purchase expensive fragrances from the likes of Dior or Chanel. At Louis Vuitton, your fragrance is very much your fragrance. The "My Fragrance" section of Louis Vuitton's website is where you'll want to go for this – both the fragrance and the travel case can be tweaked to your liking. The prices for the regular scents are pretty high as it is, though. The Turbulences perfume retails for $242. For something that lasts a little longer, there' always the bag customization (which Kendall Jenner and Jennifer Lopez frequently carry around).
1 LITERALLY ALL THIS RANDOM STUFF
Yes, you're probably looking at a slightly spoiled child. On the plus side, this little girl is being raised in a world where she will probably be fully versed in all things Louis Vuitton by the time she hits preschool. Louis Vuitton sells bats, balls, pencils, watches, plus its jackets, dresses, shoes, fragrances, and luggage. If you really need a Louis Vuitton candle and mug, you can get it. If, however, this list was enough for you, no-one will hold it against you.
For $400, you can buy a Louis Vuitton yo-yo.
This list needs to go to any Louis Vuitton lover you know – ASAP. At the same time, it might put a smile on that Facebook friend of yours who can't stand the designer takeover. For whoever will identify with these 20 items, hit share.