Last April, Louis Vuitton held a private event in Singapore to showcase their latest Exotic leather collection. Editor-at-Large Peter Zewet reports for Prestige’s June issue.
With the theme “Bar Privé”, Louis Vuitton created a private high-end bar for their most privileged clients to experience their Exotic leather collection intimately. Five thematic rooms, with the bar theme, were created to showcase the various new models and exqusite leathers.
At Bar 54, Louis Vuitton presented their men’s universe. The numer 54 is a modern reference to 1854, the year Louis Vuitton is founded. Along with two ready-to-wear looks from the men’s pre-fall collection, a selection of men’s leather goods, featuring a mix of classic shapes and new shapes by Virgil Abloh, were displayed.
Highlights in the room include made-to-order pieces such as the Malle Hennessy, a travel trunk and fancy bar cart created in collaboration with Moet Hennessy for its most luxurious cognac the Hennessy Paradis Imperial. Also making a statement are the DJ Box that that is a trunk dedicated to carry a DJ’s essentials, and the Boîte Sneakers, a box case in Monogram Eclipse with Monogram Perspex to showcase and store one’s prized sneakers.
The women’s universe is presented at The Afterparty Bar. Inspired by the afterparty of fashion shows, the ladies bags on display feature a blend of colours and finishings, liken to a wall of spirits found in a bar. Here, one can check ot Louis Vuitton’s popular leather bags such as the Capucines, City Steamer and Petite Boite Chapeau in various exotic leathers and creative finishing. A stand-out finishing is the Shibori tie-dye technique which exudes creative flair.
Next is the Bar Future that focuses on Louis Vuitton iconic bags in the coolest shade of white, black and metallics. The room, also decorated in black and white, is an infinty room with a play on mirrors and lights.
In contrast to Bar Future, the Bar Lush is decorated in light pastels reminiscence of a candy store. Here, a selection of Louis Vuitton high jewellery pieces are displayed to be paired with the pastel coloured croco bags, creating an ultra luxe combo. Displayed for the first time in the world as a Singapore exclusive are the Vert Green and Stonewash Blue shades, as well as the Peranakan Blend collection.
The final room, called the Artist Room, highlight the savoir faire that goes into the making of every piece of Louis Vuitton Exotic bags that involves the finest materials, exquisite craftmanship and innovative technology, not to mention the man hours. In tune with the spirit of exqusite craftmanship, the wallpaper in the room features an intricate paper cut motif that was hand cut in Milan and flown in specially for the event. The room also features Louis Vuitton artisan, Monsieur Jacques Royer, demonstrating for the first time, the process of putting together the Capucines bag.
Through the event, Louis Vuitton was able to deftly introduced their rare Exotic leather collection and the diverse superb finishings, from the tie dye to the pearly effect, in a modern and chic way.
At the Bar Privé event, the French fashion house also created three private rooms for their important clientele to view the collection in private. These rooms are beautifully, and aptly, decorated using a selection of products from the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection.