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The Most Iconic Louis Vuitton Collaborations

Stephen Sprouse. Takashi Murakami. Supreme. Over the years, Louis Vuitton’s creative directors have collaborated with leading artists and brands to create some of the most limited edition, coveted bags on the market. Here are the ones your collection is not complete without.

Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton

In his sixteen years as artistic director of Louis Vuitton, American fashion designer Marc Jacobs, heavily contributed to the growth of the fashion house. Jacobs successfully introduced the historic French label to contemporary culture, launching special projects and collaborations that transformed the nineteenth century born luxury brand into a globally recognized leader in innovation. Intrigued yet? Let’s have a look at Louis Vuitton’s most iconic collaborations!

The very first of the artistic collaborations for Jacob’s tenure at Vuitton was with the New York artist and designer Steven Sprouse. Since the 70s, Sprouse’s art paired sophisticated fashion with a punk and pop sensibility, pioneering fashion’s love affair with contemporary art. Invited on board by Jacobs for the Spring-Summer 2001 collection, Sprouse designed a line of limited-edition handbags starring his signature Day-Glo bright, sixties-inspired, graffiti-printed. The most notable piece of the collection was the traditional speedy bag spray-painted with the brand’s name, which defaced the Louis Vuitton logo for the very first time. The collection marked the beginning of a series of Vuitton collaborations that merged contemporary art and commerce, featuring the work of other prominent contemporary artists, including Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince. 

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Takashi Murakami x Louis Vuitton

The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami began working with the brand when he was called upon by Jacobs to redesign Louis Vuitton’s Spring-Summer 2003 accessories collection. Murakami’s vivid palette and playful style infused new color and freshness into Vuitton’s traditional black and brown hues, starting with the Monogram Multicolore. The iconic design defined an era of ‘It’ bags: they’ve been carried around by Travis Scott, the Kardashians, Ariana Grande, Paris Hilton and more. Indeed, besides the Multicolore, the thirteen years long partnership gave birth to some of the most influential ‘It’ bags of the 2000s.

Richard Prince x Louis Vuitton

For the Spring-Summer 2008 collection, Jacobs collaborated with the American painter and photographer, Richard Prince. Inspired by cities after dark, Prince’s designs turned the classic Vuitton print into watercolor dreams. The Aquarelle monogram is surely the most notable piece of the “Louis Vuitton after dark” collection. Prince’s other iconic designs were inspired by his “Jokes” series. The artist's texts were printed on LV’s washed out monogram canvas with ornate snakeskin and leather piping details, recalling the hit collaboration with Takashi Murakami. 

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Photo by Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton

According to Vogue, Louis Vuitton partnership with Yayoi Kusama, in 2011, is the most significant artist collaboration since the brand teamed up with Sprouse in 2001.The Japanese artist worked with Marc Jacobs to design a line of various products from ready-to-wear clothes to jewelry. Known for her unique and bold style, Kusama redesigned the French brand’s monogram canvas so it would feature her iconic signature - polka-dots - which covered every item, from bags to dresses. Seriality is what best describes the collection, which, according to Jacobs, sought to capture Kusama’s endless energy and her ability to create an everlasting world through her art.

Kim Jones x Louis Vuitton

Another jewel in Louis Vuitton’s crown is surely Kim Jones, appointed menswear style director in 2011. For the Fall-Winter 2013, he recruited art’s enfants terribles Jake & Dinos Chapman to create a capsule collection. Travel and exploration served as central themes of the collection. The Chapman Brothers poured their highly provocative and deliberately shocking art into prints of cartoonish scary-cute animals. The success of the line led to a second collaboration in 2017. Inspired by Jones’ childhood growing up in Africa, the collection featured four prints created by the British artists who added their sinister aesthetic, twisting the images of typical African animals. According to Jones, the artist duo masterfully paired the safari theme with British punk influences and Vuitton’s traditional elegance. 

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Photo by Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Supreme x Louis Vuitton

But this is not it, 2017 was indeed a busy year for the French brand. Besides Hiroshi Fujiwara’s Fragment collection and Jeff Koons’ Masters collection, Jones also launched the Supreme x Louis Vuitton, which, despite the much ado about nothing press reaction following the announcement, revealed itself as one of the largest collaborations in fashion history. Formerly a skate-brand born in 1994, Supreme affirmed its position in the fashion ecosystem through well-chosen artists’ collaborations and a very simple, yet iconic, logo. Remind you of something? Aligning both brands’ universally known trademarks on cloths, leather goods, accessories and jewelry, the capsule collection flawlessly merged New York street style with Louis Vuitton’s French savoir-faire. 

Celebrating Monogram

Certainly, another iconic collaboration in fashion history is Vuitton’s “Celebrating Monogram” collection. Honoring the 160th anniversary of the brand’s existence, the fashion house celebrated its signature monogram, bringing together six creative iconoclasts: photographer Cindy Sherman, shoe designer Christian Louboutin, architect Frank Gehry, creative director Karl Lagerfeld, industrial designer Marc Newson, and fashion’s maverick Rei Kawakubo. The six visionaries collaborated with the brand on a line of limited edition of “Monogram” bags. They ranged from a trunk to a shopping trolley. With only 25 produced, Sherman’s ‘Studio in a Trunk’ is one of the most outstanding pieces in the collection. The hand-crafted case features 31 colorful drawers, inspired by Sherman’s own pet macaw plumage, encased within an exclusive update of Vuitton’s monogram print which includes silk-screened patches taking inspiration from vintage hotel labels. Thanks to the success of this collection, in 2019, Louis Vuitton launched another project featuring six leading international artists: the limited-edition Artycapucines Collection is a tribute to the brand’s love affair with Los Angeles.

Have you made up your mind up on what your favorite Louis Vuitton collaboration design is yet? If you need more insights and suggestions, visit The Vintage Bar’s shop to see which of these iconic pieces are available!

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