Introducing the Louis Vuitton Capucines bag like you’ve never seen it before!
Fact: Louis Vuitton is a modern luxury fashion house. Sure, it was founded in 1854, but much of its power, relevance, and longevity lies on its ability to constantly innovate each year, each season, and each collection.
And the new ArtyCapucines collaboration collection proves this point.
High profile collaborations are synonymous to the French brand. Through the years we have seen both established and up-and-coming artists modernize LV’s signature products and produce collections worthy to be called art. Who could forget their successful partnerships with Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama, and Jeff Koons? The highly coveted collaborations were global hits—iconic to say the least!
This year, in the spirit of Louis Vuitton’s collaborative nature, they tapped six modern artists to reinterpret their signature Capucines bag.
Named after Rue des Capucines, the Parisian street on which the very first Louis Vuitton store opened in 1854, the Capucines bag has quickly become a modern classic since its launch in 2013.
Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self, and Jonas Wood showcased their unique talents and creativity in an artsy Capucines collection called “ArtyCapucines”. Each model, revealing the artisanal savoir-faire of the maison’s ateliers, is released in a limited and numbered edition of 300.
Sam Falls: Natural Wonder
A conventional jacquard weave, high-definition digital printing, and intricate handmade embroidery comprise Sam Falls’ beautiful floral Capucines. The natural wonder is finished with a precious mother-of-pearl logo and handle rings.
Urs Fischer: Art Attack
Six hand-painted, three-dimensional silicone pieces of fruits and vegetables that dangle on a delicate gold-plated brass chain are the focal points of Urs Fischer’s Capucines. The ‘hanging scupltures’ against a white ‘blank canvas’ Taurillio leather add a surrealist addition to the collection.
Nicholas Hlobo: Dark Fantasy
Inspired by the much-loved LV Monogram canvas flower, Hlobo’s blue floral leather patches–that appear to have grown organically within the bag–are meticulously braided and embroidered against the Capucines’s jet-black exterior.
Alex Israel: Surf’s Up
Fresh, animated, and vibrant are few words that describe Alex Israel’s Capucines. The LA-based artist translated the fun energy of his home city to a design that’s absolutely youthful. From his renowned wave motif against the rich-colored leatherwork to the two removable acrylic glass surfboard pins, it’s nothing short of a stunner.
Tschabalala Self: Sustainable fashion
Made from leather that’s mostly upcycled from the House’s ateliers, Tschabalala Self’s Capucines is an emblem of extraordinary sustainable fashion. It’s also a clever play on contrast: the decorative shapes (based on the artist’s deconstructed vision of the Monogram pattern) are purposely stitched imperfectly against the Capucines’s flawless silhouette.
Jonas Wood: Pattern
Based on his own ‘landscape pot’ paintings, Wood’s Capucines is a gorgeous melee of abstract shapes, conscientious embroidery, and stunning interior-exterior color way. The cute giraffe charm and millennial pink-colored LV logo add character to the predominantly black and white design.