The progressive ArtyCapucines collection from Louis Vuitton celebrates high-end craft in a collaboration with international artists
Always pushing the envelope when it comes to its designs and image, Louis Vuitton regularly straddles the divide between art and fashion – its collaborations being a jewel in the crown of the brand’s edgy identity (notable previous collaborators include artists such as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama and Jeff Koons).
The ArtyCapucines Collection sees six contemporary artists bring their unique visions to Louis Vuitton’s iconic Capucines bag. The range, first launched in 2013 and named after Rue des Capucines, the Parisian street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1 854, the bag has quickly become a modern classic.
For the limited-edition collection, the bag’s distinctive silhouette provides an ideal blank canvas for six leading international artists: Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self, and Jonas Wood. The resulting bags are a showcase of the artists’ creativity, as well as the innovation and know-how of the atelier’s artisans: from the extreme precision of the dying and stitching on Alex Israel’s coloured wave design; to the innovative digital printing and 3D embroidery of Jonas Wood’s creation; the removable, hand-crafted fruit and vegetables of Urs Fischer’s cheeky piece; the intricate hand-laced and stitched leather patterns of Nicholas Hlobo’s vision; the remarkably embroidered leather patchwork on Tschabalala Self’s bag; or the intricate mother-of-pearl work on Sam Fall’s take.
One artist in particular is relevant to South Africans – Nicholas Hlobo. Inspired by the flower in the Louis Vuitton monogramme, the artist has stitched leather blooms onto his version of the Capucines – a craft-inspired detail faithfully reproduced by the artists in the LV studio to create a stunning hybrid piece. The blue tones and tactile stitching stand out against the smooth bag, creating something perfectly imperfect.
Each model in the ArtyCapucines Collection will be released in a limited and numbered edition of 300 from 25 June 2019.