Louis Vuitton has long had a history of inviting artists to put a spin on their bags – think back to Spring 2001 when then-creative director Marc Jacobs shocked the luxury industry when he got artist Stephen Sprouse to give the classic Vuitton motif a punk, neon-drenched makeover.
Fast forward to today and the Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse collaboration remains an icon. The house is continuing that playful spirit through the fifth and latest edition of its Artycapucines series – an annual series where Louis Vuitton invites learning contemporary artists to put their own spin on the maison’s classic Capucines bag.
The Capucines – an elegant top-handle bag named after Rue Neuve-des-Capucines, the Parisian street where founder Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854 – is transformed via each artist’s specific vision into editioned works of art (only 200 pieces of each design this year are made). Of course, an indispensable part of the process is the ingenious craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton’s artisans, who bring the artists’ visions to life.
In total, 29 artists have taken part in the Artycapucines project to date, and the fifth edition, which was launched last week, sees a matching number of participating artists: Billie Zangewa, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Liza Lou, Ziping Wang and Tursic & Millie.
Below, a closer look at their respective designs.
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