News Louis Vuitton is finding that customers no longer buy handbags for the logo and is changing tack

Sales rebound in fourth quarter after a tough year for French luxury giant

The hand-crafted Louis Vuitton bags made on sewing machines

The luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton misled the public by suggesting its expensive leather bags were hand-made, according to the advertising watchdog.

Collision disrupts Louis Vuitton Trophy

A collision which crumpled the bow of one of the pair of BMW Oracle America's Cup vessels being used to contest the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, has seriously disrupted the race schedule for at least the next few days, but there was at least some more good news for skipper Ben Ainslie and the crew of Britain's Team Origin.

Team Origin fight back in Louis Vuitton Trophy

At last Britain's America's Cup challenger Team Origin stopped the rot of two opening defeats in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in La Maddalena, Sardinia.

Ready to Wear: Few designers are clever enough to make stripes appealing

Prints – clashing, colliding and quite disarmingly colourful – were ubiquitous on the spring/summer catwalks, and the bold and brave are no doubt wearing them with pride by now, blissfully unaware of their potential to induce migraine in unsuspecting passers-by. Budget fashion = bad prints.

Louis Vuitton grief continues for Origin

The grief continues for Ben Ainslie and his British America’s Cup challenger, Team Origin as they lost a second race in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series in La Maddalena, Sardinia.

Rhiannon Harries: South Africa won't be fun without Posh et al to set tongues wagging

His players may not yet have set foot on a South African pitch, but England manager Fabio Capello (see How We Met, page 54) has already proved himself quite the tactician. Since his initial "WAGs Not Wanted" World Cup policy met with defiance, Fab switched to classic reverse psychology: "All right gals, if you want to sit in a hotel room in rainy Rustenburg..." A few are said to be planning to fly out should England reach the final, but let's just say they're not dusting off the Louis Vuitton trunks quite yet.

Origin has terrible start to Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta

The troubled British challenger for the America’s Cup, Team Origin, had the worst possible to start to the Louis Vuitton Trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, losing its opening match against the French team Aleph, skippered by Bertrand Pace.

Sanderson sacked as Origin team director

The surprise sacking of team director Mike Sanderson was announced by Britain's Team Origin challenge for the America's Cup tonight.

Ready to Wear: The Italian stallion lives and breathes

Marooned in Florence, Italy (it's a dirty job), with nothing better to do than people watch.

Pandora: In the blue corner...

It's gloves off (or should that be on?) in the fight for Mid-Bedfordshire. The seat is currently held by Tory pin-up Nadine Dorries, who won with a sizable majority in 2005, but made few hearts bleed with her implorations that the pressure of the expenses scandal had left Commons-dwellers "suicidal".

Prada signal America's Cup involvement

Italian fashion house Prada signalled its return to the America's Cup scene when it announced today that it will compete in the Louis Vuitton trophy regatta in La Maddalena, Sardinia, next month.

Dempsey emerges as Britain's prime Olympic hope

In a merry-go-round of Olympic medallists, double gold medallist Sarah Dempsey (Ayton) has emerged as Britain's prime hope for a third gold in the women's division of the 470 dinghy at Weymouth in 2012.

LVMH storms back with surge in first-quarter sales

LVMH, the world's largest luxury goods group, has signalled that its well-heeled customers are splashing the cash again with a surge in first-quarter sales.

Light and tricky airs trip up Ainslie

Light and tricky airs tripped up Britain’s Ben Ainslie in the final of the opening grand prix of the world match racing tour in Marseille.

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