It's not every afternoon you spend caressing a purse that's worth—deep breath—2 million bucks. Well, it's not every afternoon you're invited into Louis Vuitton's ambient cavern brimming with exotic-skin bags crafted in all the colors of the croc (and snake, and lizard) rainbow.
Did you know that 350 different steps are involved in creating an exotic leather piece, from the selection of the skin to its final control? Take, for example, the Milla, a new house silhouette, in stunning cobalt:
This particular Milla, by the way, is the aforementioned 2 million-peso baby. Ding, ding! It takes roughly 100 days to create a custom crocodile handbag, should you desire one in a hue that's not on LV's permanent menu of 25 colors.
Another bullet point on our growing wish list: The Capucines turquoise python. Its handle alone takes four whole hours to fashion; and to get that brilliant aqua, six to ten weeks to tan, dye, nourish, and buff its surface are necessary before the process of crafting the bag can begin. Wow.
In case you're still wondering why these babies come at such an exorbitant price point, it's because most individual bags actually require three separate skins. Each skin is picked to ensure a continuity of scale pattern at the point where the edges of each bag meet. The treatments must also be carefully executed to ensure the color and luster of each surface matches precisely.