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While tie-dyeing conjures images of garishly dressed Europeans galavanting across Southeast Asia and Thai-dyeing the beaches of Phuket and Bali, Japanese shibori – an indigo dyeing technique – is a refined art form with a provenant history which flourished during the Edo period (1603-1867). And again now for spring- summer 2020, where you’ll find the technique suffusing Louis Vuitton’s Escale collection in stores.
Shibori is a colourful pre-take on the democratisation of fashion. Ordinary folk in Japan couldn’t wear luxury fabrics such as silks, so new ways of ‘upscaling’ cheaper fabrics like linen and hemp were created; the real dexterity lay in the elaborate knotting and twisting of the cloth before it was coloured. As a result, the intricacy and beauty of the dyed shibori patterns allowed kimonos made from simpler textiles to exude the opulent chic of ‘forbidden’ aristocratic silks. Edo high-low, pre-Tokyo, a newly floating world of fashionable play and entertainment.

A Louis Vuitton campaign shot showing the LV Escale Keepall Bandouliere bag

Such tie-dye makes the perfect accompaniment for a laid-back summer’s day, from dusk until dawn. Three colour harmonies compose the spectrum: a gradation of deep blue – reminiscent of indigo, the traditional colour of shibori – adorns pieces along with a pastel, tie-dye palette, adding its sky blue and fine-sand shades. Lastly, a warmer pink and red variation is inspired by beetroot or madder root, traditionally used for dyeing.
The vibrant colours embellish ready-to-wear pieces, such as Monogram bomber jackets or graphic one- pieceswimsuits, to summer’s must-have footwear – flat mules and sandals tied around the ankle, and watches. Hats and large scarves provide perfect coverage from the breeze.

The LV Escale Time Out Sneaker
LV Escale Grease Sunglasses in Blue White

Have bag, will Vuitton. Fine leather goods – including the Neverfull tote, Keepall, Speedy and Néo Noé – take pride of place. The gradient motif adorns the bags and clutches, as waves caress sand. The must-have Onthego tote is exclusively embroidered with a holiday destination: Mykonos, Capri, Forte dei Marmi, Okinawa, Rio de Janeiro, Hawaii, Maui or Phuket, to name just a few. A total 25 global cities appear on the bag, allowing one to parade one’s favourite bag all summer long.

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