A couple of weeks back, I was invited by the lovely people from Louis Vuitton Philippines to check out their hot stamping service. I even tried my hand at hot stamping my very own luggage tag! The hand-crafted personalization of Louis Vuitton products perpetuates a tradition of sophistication and service. Louis Vuitton’s hot stamping service makes your small leather goods, luggage tags and soft sided luggage bags truly unique and one of a kind.
Here’s the step by step process: upon purchase of your luggage tags, small leather goods, and soft-sided bags & luggage, you can request to have them hot stamped. Your Sales Associate will then show you swatches and help you decide on what letter/character sizes, colors, and layouts to use. You can choose up to three letters (three sizes), with or without dots. Since a friend from Australia sent me a luggage tag with my initials as a birthday present a couple of years back, I picked 2 Chinese characters instead. Yes, Louis Vuitton Philippines offers a couple of Chinese characters for hot stamping. There’s luck, fortune, happiness, double happiness and love. I’ve been told that these characters are very popular during the Chinese New Year. I settled on fortune and love.
There are 16 colors to choose from: Shiny Gold, Gold, Ivory, Red, Vermilion, Yellow, Golden Yellow, Grey Green, Light Green, Blue, Pale Blue, Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Grey, Light Grey, and Silver. Next is the positioning. Soft sided bags & luggage can be stamped on its chapes, closing tabs, handle ends, or shoulder straps. After you’ve decided on all the details, your Sales Associate will then fill up a card and will lead you to the personalization area of the store. There you’ll find more samples on display and of course the hot stamping machine. The Sales Associate will then set up the tools i.e. metal letter/character stamps. Now the fun part. The bag or in my case, the luggage tag is placed onto the machine and with one quick pull of a lever, it’s done! The whole process took about 20 minutes from start to finish. Check the videos below!
Hot stamping is a great way to personalize your Louis Vuitton items – both old and new. Hot stamped products also make a perfect gift this holiday season. The service is free of charge and can be requested at any Louis Vuitton store.
Louis Vuitton Philippines
G/F, Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center,
Makati City, Philippines
Gallery Images via Louis Vuitton, Post Images via Bengt Enrique