For his latest special project, ArtyCapucines, LV intends to stimulate creative short circuits between fashion and art, choosing six contemporary artists to reinterpret the Capucines bag, launched for the first time in 2013 and named after Rue des Capucines, the Parisian street where Louis Vuitton opened its first store in 1854.
Alex Israel, the Californian artist known for his works commenting on the powerful cultural and social influence of Hollywood and the American Dream, reproduced his typical colourful waves, made with a single piece of leather, expertly sewn to offer a 3D and printed effect with a special digital transfer technique. The Swiss Urs Fischer, famous for the large installations that deal with decay and transformation, played with a simple white leather bag made unique by a thin gold chain from which dangle ironic charms in the shape of fruit and vegetables. South African artist Nicholas Hlobo opted for intricate ethnic designs in hand-stitched leather, while Tschabalala Self for an original patchwork featuring Louis Vuitton flowers. Jonas Wood based his project on one of his paintings, creating an intricate mix of printed leather and hand embroidery on the bag. Finally, Sam Falls used mother of pearl as the material in the foreground. The end result is a series of bags that highlights both the creativity of the artists and the innovation and know-how of the Maison’s atelier.
Available in a limited edition of 300 pieces, the models in the ArtyCapucines collection are on sale starting June 25th.