Louis Vuitton Unveil Crystal-Clad Handbag

By S. Liu

Eye-catching couture items are normally accompanied by equally astounding price tags – and the Monogram Nova handbag from Louis Vuitton is no different.

The dazzling accessory, part of Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2011 collection for Louis Vuitton, is covered in hand-applied black and white Swarovski crystals and features extra long gold tassels that wave below the knee as you walk.

Its price? A cool $35,000 dollars.

The main reason for the steep cost is in the sheer level of craftsmanship that went into producing the bag – each piece of crystal having been painstakingly applied by hand.

Its small, spherical shape also marks a transition away from large, bulky handbags, with the Monogram Nova fitting comfortably in the clutches of one hand.

The Monogram Nova will be available from stores in April.

By S. Liu