Upon seeing Japan’s first Louis Vuitton store in 1978, Rei Kawakubo discovered the allure of French craftsmanship and art de vivre. Today, the creator of Comme des Garçons applies her radical, refined aesthetic to a House icon, revisiting the Sac Plat with boldly conceived asymmetrical cutouts and raw-edged details to produce this provocative “Bag with Holes.” Sleek and capacious, the bag is a natural for travel in durable Monogram canvas. The practical insert pouch keeps belongings secure.
Breaking the traditional Louis Vuitton Monogram was the premise of this one work—which was to find something that would be new, some kind of new value.
Although there are various ways of breaking to create something new, this time I tried to play it straight: I simply made some holes in the fabric of the bag. I generally like small bags.
I feel that Louis Vuitton is the house that most beautifully and skilfully transforms what is tradition into what is now.
Yet I always approach all of my work in a way that is exactly the same: I look to create something new.
When designing the bag for this project, I was looking for some new design, something that hadn’t been done before, something within the limits of possibility.
After originally studying art and literature, REI KAWAKUBO quickly changed track, working for a textile company and then becoming a self-taught fashion designer.
Believing that there are no limits to creativity in the fashion process, she has constantly radically pursued and iconoclastically achieved perpetual progress in her field, breaking the rules and forming new ones that the entire industry has paid attention to.
These features have become the hallmarks of Comme des Garçons, the label that REI KAWAKUBO founded in 1969 and incorporated as a company in 1973.
REI KAWAKUBO has an input into all areas of the creative process, from graphics, advertising and store interiors to designing and making clothes and accessories; each is inextricably linked.
In 1981 she staged her first, and now legendary, Paris show for Comme des Garçons. After an initial outcry, her iconoclastic aesthetic and her love of black changed the wider global – and more commonly perceived – notion of beauty in fashion forever. REI KAWAKUBO called her label Comme des Garçons – ‘Like the Boys’ – just because she liked the sound of it.
- Monogram canvas
- Asymmetric, frayed cutouts
- Cowhide leather Toron handles and trim
- Louis Vuitton textile insert pouch
- Bonded lining
- Gold-brass hardware
- 33 X 42 X 14 cm