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Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Yayoi Kusama on a series of products including leather goods, ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, watches and jewelry. Marc Jacobs worked with the Japanese artist on the range, which hits Louis Vuitton boutiques early July. Special window installations are also scheduled.
The artist is best known for her interest in polka dots, which she has famously applied to tree trunks, entire rooms and even people. The collaboration ties in with a major retrospective of Kusama’s work which hits London’s Tate Modern February 9 following spells in Rome, Madrid and Paris. Jacobs has collaborated with contemporary artists such as Richard Prince, Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami in the past.
In 2009 a range inspired by Stephen Sprouse’s motifs such as graffiti prints coincided with a retrospective of the artist at New York gallery Deitch Projects. Louis Vuitton isn’t the only French fashion house with close links to the art world: during last year’s Art Basel Miami Beach fair Christian Dior unveiled an accessories line in partnership with German contemporary artist Anselm Reyle.
Louis Vuitton continues to develop its iconic “Tambour” design with the addition of this new ultra high-end model, the Tambour Minute Repeater. The timepiece comes in a 44mm white/pink/yellow gold case (your choice), manual wind mechanical Louis Vuitton Caliber 178, and smoked sapphire crystal displays. To catch up with the hottest fashion trend, the Louis Vuitton watch is endowed with a smoked skeletonized dial. The men’s watch is submersible to 30 meters. Production by special order only.
One of the most sophisticated shopping concepts in the world, the Louis Vuittion Maison store, will be launching in Singapore on Sep 18. Designed by award-winning architect Peter Marino, LV’s first Island Maison will sit directly on water, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the bay. It will also feature a private lounge and outdoor loggia, as well as an art gallery tunnel of contemporary works leading directly to the Marina Bay Sands Mall.
The Louis Vuitton Island will be the 12th Maison in the world, 1st Maison in Southeast Asia. As of today, Louis Vuitton has 459 stores in 63 countries
Louis Vuitton hosted a cocktail on Monday night at the storied Paris taxidermy store Deyrolle to celebrate the launch of the My Monogram service on Small Leather Goods
To set the mood, British artist Billie Achilleos transformed the maison’s signature wallets, coin pouches, belts, and bag hardware into a menagerie of animals.
The hardy armadillo, for instance, paid homage to the durability and quality of the leather, while the lively chameleon showed off LV’s wide spectrum of colors.