The fashion and art world have always forged a close, intersecting relationship. It’s no different at Louis Vuitton which has been roping in contemporary artists to reimagine the house’s craft-laden Capucines top handle bag. Now entering it’s fourth year, the aptly-named Artycapucines collection welcomes six artists to unleash their creativity on the bag which was introduced in 2013 and named after Louis Vuitton’s first store on the Rue Neuve-des-Capucines.
In the line-up are French painters Amelie Bertrand and Daniel Buren; architect Peter Marino; pioneering South Korean painter Park Seo-Bo; Swiss sculptor Ugo Rondinone, and Brooklyn-based painter Kennedy Yanko. Each had turned the blank canvas that is the Capucines bag into artful masterpieces with the help of the brand’s artisans in Italy and France.
The artists behind this year’s edition of Artycapucines are (clockwise from top left) Ugo Rondinone, Kennedy Yanko, Amelie Bertrand, Park Seo-Bo, Peter Marino and Daniel Buren.
Nine bags were created for this year’s outing, with Buren’s design coming in four colour variations (a first for the Artycapucines range). Only 200 pieces of each design are produced – with 50 pieces for each of Burren’s colour variations – and priced at $14,800 each. Ahead, we examine what makes them works of art.