W12 Preview Week: Artist in Residence

LouLou & Tummie, the Dutch illustration duo who brought fanciful floral friends to our Fall LeSportsac Artist in Residence Collection, are back this Winter with an urban rendition of their colorful characters. (Arriving in early December)

The story this season is Urban Fruits – a medley of city staples such as take-out cups and traffic cones that have morphed into whimsical personalities!

Two solid black options are also available, with one of two embroidered characters, One Apple or Hiding Cat, peeking out from each style in this collectible series with a multicolored stitched webbing.

The signature graphic tote for this collection is the playful Frame Tote in Tote To Go. In a burst of energizing orange your morning coffee comes to life as cute over-caffeinated characters on the front panel. While the other panels feature more adorable little friends, like giraffes, strawberries, pineapples, dazed traffic cones and a super-excited potted plant!

Fruit Gang and Teatime have more foodie characters in paneled cosmetics that are guaranteed to make you smile!  Each bag has bold stripes and polka-dots in complementing colors, and feature snack-y favorites in different silly moods.

Our new Pouch Totes feature the lovable Urban Apple and Urban Cat characters which can hang as a charm on your favorite bag, but they also conceal a handy little red tote inside. Which kooky character is your favorite?

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W12 Preview Week: Platinum

Our Fall Platinum Collection flaunted shiny metals, like the continuing Quilted Metallic Copper, but Winter Platinum brings black back in a new matte texture you’ve never seen before from LeSportsac! This additional color way Black Quilted completes this technique – a lightweight, soft nylon made even sturdier by quilting and bound by ribbons of grosgrain and webbing. New Platinum quilted styles for Winter include the 2 Strap Small Hobo and Lily Wallet. (Arriving in November)

The brightest of our Winter Platinum includes a partnership with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, featuring completely new styles designed specifically for this collection and available ONLY at LeSportsac.com!  Beautiful SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS stones dust cotton canvas panels contrasted with smooth ripstop nylon.  The SoHo Crossbody and the all new Parisian stand in Black Patent rip-stop with Greige crystals adorning the Black canvas panels, while the new Cynthia and ever-familiar Small Passerby combine Pearl Lightning rip-stop with Latte canvas set with Crystal Bronze Shade crystals. (Arriving in early December)

If astrology is your thing, this SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS encrusted Zodiac Zip Tote is definitely in your horoscope! It features all twelve zodiac symbols embroidered on a black ground surrounded with Greige and Crystal Bronze Shade crystals, certainly a must-have for the celestially inclined. (Arriving in early December)

Whichever piece catches your eye, you’re sure to sparkle with LeSportsac’s Winter 12 Platinum Collection featuring SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS!

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W12 Preview Week: Manoush

We already brought you one bold installation of Frederique Troy-Roy’s Manoush collaboration, but you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!  Winter typically beckons somber and subdued color palettes, but for the Manoush x LeSportsac Collection, even winter has its bright flavor.

You may have seen a hint of it in our ad campaign featuring Manoush, and those of you who predicted or wished for it are in for a treat!  The beautiful brocade serving as the wallpaper for our pink on pink bedroom was inspired by Fleur Rose, a beautiful berry jacquard with floral gold Lurex that is one of Manoush’s original prints!  The black colorway, Fleur Noir features a purple to blue ombré brocade. (Arriving in early November)

If you couldn’t get enough of the Hamsa quilting on the pink Manoush Quilting from Fall, we’ve added the St. Bart’s Turquoise Quilting to our repertoire. This pop of color is available in two styles and coordinates beautifully with the gold, black and warm berry colors! (Arriving in early December)

Another new fabrication is Paillettes, available in Manoush Paillettes, a multi-color sequin with passion fruit grosgrain and gold webbing; and Chateuse Paillettes, the same mulit-sequins, but paired with panels of golden Chateuse Sparkle patent. These will add a blast of sparkle to all of your holiday parties for sure! (Arriving in early December)

One of the most fun parts of the Manoush x LeSportsac Collection is the variety of show-stopping, double-take pieces.  One of the favorites from last season had to be our Bisous Frill Clutch, so we had to repeat it this season in solid gold ruffles and a glitter kiss-lock closure! (Arriving in early December)

Our placement tote this season is the La Vie Tote in Swan Lake, a graphic standout with photo-real swans and flowers floating in surreal world of purple stars! Totes amaze! (Arriving in early November)

And if you are looking for something completely over-the-top, then the La Boheme Crossbody in St. Barts Hamsa is for you! It combines golden fringe and braided trim with a beautifully bejeweled embroidered Hamsa on rich Turquoise fabric. Definitely fringe with benefits! (Arriving in early December)

C’est magnifique!

 

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W12 Preview Week: Classic


Everyone knows LeSportsac churns out prints the way, well, actually, no one really designs prints in the same volume or variety as us. Six to eight prints a month, just in the Classic Collection, in almost every variation of color and style imaginable!

So instead of talking about every print for Winter, this Classic Preview will call out some special new fabrications and things we love about the November to January delivery – details like scalloped trim, a little extra sparkle and conversation pieces that we can’t resist!

1) Not your usual LeSportsac

Our rip-stop nylon has always been bound by grosgrain and webbing, and this season’s webbing has turned up the volume!  From printed multicolor webbing to embroidered trim, what originally framed the prints is now a piece of art in itself!

Some of our prints and embroideries also include new techniques, like glitter on Super Star print for a touch of sparkle, and variegated embroidery on Morning Blossom for an ombré effect.

2) Paws-a-tively Perfect Placement

Our Winter 2012 Ad Campaign features a plethora of pretty pooches, which was inspired by our new Bow Wow print – a super cute combination of dog illustrations in every shape and size, from poodles to pugs. We even went a little more doggone crazy and created a special dog placement tote – which has a dog silhouette applique in Bow Wow print on top of a polka-dot print background, with a studded eye, floppy ear, and even a functional mini pocket in the little doggie jacket!

3) Mini Me’s

Some familiar LeSportsac silhouettes are now available in miniature versions, such as our tiny takes like the Backpack Charm and the EveryGirl Charm  – the ideal accessories to stash lunch money or lip balm!

So there you have it, the newest LeSportsac Classic Collection!  What’s on your wishlist?

P.S. Below is a preview of all the new Winter Classic Collection prints, arriving November 2012 through January 2013.

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W12 Preview Week: Disney It’s a Small World

The long awaited next stop for our Disney It’s a Small World collaboration arrives in November, a journey that has already taken us on a Tahitian getaway for Summer ’12 and Morocco for Fall.  This collection has everyone speculating what the next destination would be, so what better way to kick off our Winter 2012 Preview Week than with this highly anticipated program?

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Throwback Thursday: Diane von Furstenberg

The early 2000′s marked the ignition of a new generation of LeSportsac design – the addition of bold prints and variety of solids attracted a new customer, propelled further by consecutive years of impactful collaborations.

In the Fall of 2002, Diane von Furstenberg collaborated with LeSportsac to create the Y-Knot print for our classic collection.  DVF’s name is synonymous with her iconic wrap dresses, which (similarly to our own silhouettes) serve as a canvas to a vast spectrum of prints.  The collaboration with Diane felt right – as with all LeSportsac collaborations, it was a true partnership that celebrated the spirit of both brands, resulting in a design that felt authentic but could not have been achieved without each other!  Ten years later, we look back on this collaboration, and the print still feels timeless.

Fall 2002: Y-Knot Chocolate & Y-Knot Black prints

Winter 2002: Tooty-Fruity print

Spotted: right outside our New York Headquarters is the Fashion Walk of Fame, where Diane’s plaque can be found honoring her as one of America’s most influential designers.

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LeSportsac How To Style… Halloween

Tis’ the season to get creative! With Halloween around the corner it can get busy planning the best trick or treat route or sending out your RSVPs to all the costume parties. With all the confirmed events, the question comes down to what to wear? No worries, we have come up with some creative costume ideas featuring some of our favorite LeSportsac! While they may not give anyone a scare, you will give everyone a run for their money in any costume contest. Check them out below…

The NYC Tourist
Featuring: The Double Zip Belt Bag

NYC

The Traveling Ryan Gosling
Featuring: The Men’s Weekend Carrier

Ryan Gosling

Nancy Drew
Featuring: The Campus Messenger

Nancy Drew

Marty McFly-Back to the Future
Featuring: The Men’s Arizona Pack

Back to the Future

Betty and Veronica
Featuring: The Manoush Chou Chou and the Party Wristlet
Don’t forget the Archie!

Betty and Veronica
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