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Shopping: Lulu Guinness luggage for stylish summer vacations

August 7, 2011 |  6:02 am

Lulu Guinness lip-smacking luggage Lulu Guinness, the British handbag designer known for her whimsical designs, which often incorporate her signature lip graphic, has launched her first luggage collection. And, as expected, it’s as pragmatic as it is playful.

Comprising carry-on and wheeled luggage sets, “The World is Your Oyster” collection employs Guiness’ famous lips in two different ways.

The line’s high-gloss, hard-shell rollers — available in lipstick red (naturally) and black — are peppered with dozens of 3-D lips, creating, in effect, huge rolling smooches. There’s also a canvas suitcase grouping, in black only, featuring the same repetitive lip print, only this time in a quieter textile print.
“I wanted the collection to be practical and light, [using] the standard size requirements for carry-on luggage,” said Guinness. “I also incorporated an element of wit, which I do with all my designs. The suitcases are sophisticated and subtle until you look closely and see that they are covered in my iconic red lips.”

To celebrate the collection, Guinness has collaborated with animation director Vicky Mather to create a short stop-motion film, which charmingly depicts the adventures and travels of the adorable luggage.

The collection is available at luluguinness.com. Prices range from $299 to $399 for the hard-sided suitcases and $259 to $299 for the fabric suitcases.

Helms Design District Vintage Boutique,  a vintage fashion show featuring 20 vendors, inhabits a loft space in Culver City three times a year.  Produced by Dave C. Temple, who owns the downtown vintage fashion showroom Clever Vintage, the next show takes place Saturday, Aug. 13, at LightSpace Studio — and, this time only, no single item will be priced over $50.

“I challenged all the dealers to bring their best, but things they’re willing to part with for $50 or less,” said Temple. “We’re all like-minded in that we don’t want vintage to be this exclusive thing that’s out of reach.”

The show features four primary categories: classic vintage from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s; designer garb from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s; vintage jewelry and accessories from all eras; and repurposed, or “upcycled” vintage, which is vintage that’s been reworked into new styles (for example, new handbags made of old scarves).

Vendors include stores and collectors such as Little Treasures, Timeless Vixen, Stephanie LeVanda, Maxine Goldberg, Rockstar Vintage Couture, Elizabeth Gabaldon, Clever Vintage, Mother Beeson Classics, Vintazia and Mariana De Sousa.

Saturday, Aug. 13, at LightSpace Studio, 8755 Washington Blvd., Culver City.  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance fee is $5, but 100 free tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis via Goldstar.

 -- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Lip-embellished Lulu Guinness luggage looks like rolling smooches. Credit: Lulu Guinness

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