Okay, Louis Vuitton is long dead, and Jamie didn't really have lunch with us, but we truly enjoyed the works created by these two men; it was almost like they were there.
We started the day, after a stop for a Starbucks, by visiting 'Series 3,' an exhibit portraying the inner workings and creativeness of the 2015 Louis Vuitton fashion scene. I'm no fashion buff, and I'm sure we were the only ones in the exhibit who chose their footwear based on waterproofing, but I truly enjoyed the forward thinking, super creative approach to this event. While in France, on the Champs Elysees last month, Molly and I visited the Louis Vuitton store, so we thought this was a good follow up. The pictures we took are a bit strange, as was the whole experience, but let's just say our favourite part was watching a woman assemble the newest Louis Vuitton bag, 'Petite Malle'. With tiny tools and steady hands, she pressed and folded leather, fasten hardware, and showed us how her final assembly stage would take 30 hours to complete. No wonder we can't afford the bags! I've never had much interest in name-brand products as I usually just see them as over-priced status symbols, but these bags were REALLY nice! The leather was soft, the craftsmanship was stunning and the attention to detail was so obvious - I think I get it now, which is all I'll ever get of LV.
Covent Garden Market was our next stop. Yesterday we'd been there, but the boys did not share our interest in the food or the window shopping so we went back without them. We strolled through a few shops, spending most of our time in Pylones, Molly's favourite shop, but the highlight for me was having a late lunch at the Jamie Oliver restaurant. We've been cautious restaurant spenders on this trip, but a nice lunch out was in the budget today. I had a the Superfood Salad and Molly had a pizza, salad and ice cream. It really was the best salad I've ever had in a restaurant. It wasn't rocket-science, just super fresh ingredients put together beautifully. I looked up one of his recipes on-line that looks similar, so I've attached it below - I think my dressing had a touch of wasabi in it. Give it a try!