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In the spirit of previous collaborations with renowned artists such as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama and Jeff Koons, Louis Vuitton has invited six contemporary artists – Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood – to reinterpret the design of its iconic Capucines bag. Discover the Artycapucines Collection!
Introduced in 2013, Louis Vuitton’s Capucines bag is named after Rue des Neuves-Capucines, the Paris street where the Maison opened its first store in 1854. The bag quickly became a classic, with a distinctive design that offers an ideal blank canvas to inspire the leading international artists who have reworked it for the limited edition Artycapucines Collection.
The Capucines by Sam Falls features a jacquard weave set off by high-definition printing and hand embroidery, accompanied by the natural elegance of mother-of-pearl on the LV signature and handle rings. The leather patchwork on Nicholas Hlobo’s Capucines evokes flowers whose blue petals and contrasting textures stand out against the bag’s smooth black leather, creating a stunning work of hybrid art.
Urs Fischer brings a mischievous twist with six hyper-realistic silicone fruits and vegetables that can be fastened to the bag like charms that change to match moods and moments. In a more pop art register, Alex Israel’s lustrous waves sweep across the bag, joined by functional surfboard fins that emerge from the interior, one with a comb, the other with a mirror.
Tschabalala Self deconstructed the Louis Vuitton Monogram, crafting it back together in a patchwork on her design to create a compelling dialogue on the surface of her meticulously executed Capucines bag. Lastly, Jonas Wood created an original motif inspired by his paintings, with dominant black and white tones in printed leather, set off by embroidery that counts over 200,000 stitches, to create a rich, tactile texture.
Each model in the Artycapucines Collection will be available in a limited edition of just 300 pieces from June 25th.