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

Animal prints stalk the catwalk at Louis Vuitton

"The relation between boredom and camp taste cannot be overestimated," read the notes placed on the seats at the Louis Vuitton show in Paris yesterday. "Camp taste is by its nature possible only in affluent societies, in societies or circles capable of experiencing the psychopathology of affluence."

Special Bond: Retailers spend £100m on stores

MaxMara and Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy are each buying a store on London's Bond Street, as luxury retailers snap up property on the exclusive shopping street.

The Secret State, By Peter Hennessy

If anyone deserves the over-used epithet "national treasure", it is the man who has shed light on the eerie plans for national survival after war. In this expanded edition of Hennessy's masterwork, we learn that the Queen was long left in the dark about how government would continue when her kingdom was "largely a smoking and irradiated ruin".

Phoebe Philo: The magic touch

Phoebe Philo has always had an unerring sense of what women really want to wear. Now she's casting her spell at Céline, says Susannah Frankel

Louis Vuitton: Where the boom never ends

As the world's most famous luggage brand opens a landmark store in London, Patrick-Louis Vuitton tells Susannah Frankel why customers can't get enough LV

Ali Hewson: Edun regained

They live in a mass slum; she lives in luxury. But Ali Hewson – perhaps better known as Mrs Bono – is determined to bring a little bit of paradise to these African lives;and in so doing, she is breathing life back into her ethical-fashion company

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.

Google wins trademarks battle with Louis Vuitton

Google won a significant victory in its seven-year battle with the owner of Louis Vuitton yesterday when Europe's highest court cleared the internet search giant of trademark violations in its advertising practices.

Ready to Wear: The New Look is a projection of a woman that heterosexual men dream of

A fashion fact: Prada and Louis Vuitton are among the most powerful brands in the world. Fashion fact number two – and also just a fact, in fact – history repeats itself.

Team Origin crash out of Louis Vuitton Trophy

Death came very suddenly for Britain's finest when a rueful Ben Ainslie admitted ashore: "That was a very good lesson in how not to run a boat race."

10-point guide to social climbing

With the revelation he is to work for luxury goods firm LVMH, Tony Blair shares the secrets of success (as imagined by the <i>IoS</i>)

Star top of the tree

King George win sets up dream Gold Cup showdown with Denman

Le Bon to light up stage at Newbury

Top trainers' seasons can be shaped by performances at unpredictable meeting

Disappointing fourth for British in Louis Vuitton Trophy series

A disappointing fourth was the reward for Ben Ainslie and Britain’s America’s Cup challenger Team Origin in the Louis Vuitton Trophy series off Nice.

Versace closes its last three shops in Japan

The fashion house Gianni Versace is to close its last three Japanese stores, after demand for its luxury goods slumped in the world's second-biggest economy.

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