LOUIS VUITTON, Australia (Reuters) – LOUISE VUITTON sandals are the answer to a question most people don’t think to ask: why don’t I wear a bathing suit?
A fashion industry that has exploded over the last decade with the likes of Dolce & Lavie, Versace and Givenchy has given way to a new generation of young, fashionable women who are dressing more casually.
“We wanted to make it a fashion statement,” said the fashion brand’s founder, Victoria Bache, who has also founded V&T, a clothing and accessories line with roots in the 1930s.
“A bikini is a great way to break the monotony and just be a little bit wild.”
Victoria Bache at the V> fashion launch in Sydney, August 17, 2016.
Reuters/Jason ReedVictoria Bche, who founded the V > line in 2009, has launched a new collection in Sydney in August, inspired by the natural beauty of the city and the city’s history.
“When we think of Australia, we think about the coastline, and how we’ve all grown up there, but for a lot of people it’s just about the beach,” she said.
The collection features designs from around the world, including Brazil, Italy and Spain, with some collaborations with British designer and designer Lotte Vuitton.
Victoria Baches shoes are part of a collection for the London-based V<, which is the second fashion brand Bache has launched.
Victoria and her sister, Lisa, have a 10-year-old son named Luke, who also has a passion for the outdoors.
“It’s a very unique thing for them, their kid being their little guy, and I think they are excited to see how it all turns out,” Victoria said.
Victoria said the designs were inspired by nature and the beauty of Australia’s natural environment.
“They really like the ocean and nature and just trying to bring something new and fresh and exciting to the scene,” she added.
Victoria’s collection is a continuation of the V+1 fashion show that Victoria held in Sydney last year, which drew more than 1,500 guests and sold out.
“What we’re trying to do is to create a space where people can come and have fun, because they love their natural environment, but also because they want to have something unique and different,” Victoria told Reuters.
She said her sister wanted the collection to be a “preliminary step” in a new direction for Victoria, but said it would take some time to get it off the ground.
“I’m definitely open to ideas from the kids who come up to me and say, ‘I want to come down and wear a pair of V&mt sandals,'” Victoria said, laughing.
“But I’m sure we’ll find the perfect pair for them.”
Victoria and Victoria Bche pose with their son, Luke, during a photoshoot for the VMT line at Victoria’s boutique Victoria Baches in Sydney.Reuters