REI KAWAKUBO

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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.

 

HER INSPIRATIONS

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.

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BIOGRAPHY

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.

 

DETAILED FEATURES

  • 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

Celebrating Monogram

This is an exclusive first look at Louis Vuitton’s ‘Celebrating Monogram’ collaboration with six art and design legends. In honor of the house’s 160th anniversary, creative visionaries Karl Lagerfeld, Rei Kawakubo, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Marc Newson, and, of course, Louboutin reinterpreted the famed Vuitton Monogram with a series of accessories.

“They are extraordinary artists; I could even say they are the greatest designers in the world.” said Delphine Arnault.

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LAGERFELD
Punching bags in different sizes EUR 2.300-140.000, Gloves incl. Mat and Valise EUR 4.000
 

From Louboutin’s ‘Classic Caddy,’ accented with the same scarlet that adorns the soles of each pair of his shoes, to Rei Kawakubo’s ‘Bag With Holes,’ a burned out tote that reveals the bag’s inner lining, each creation is playfully distinguished by the unique signature of its creator. Prices range from EUR 1.900 to a staggering EUR 140.000.

“When I designed the bag, I really wanted to give back to Paris, to Vuitton,” says Christian Louboutin.

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LOUBOUTIN
Shopping Trolley EUR 17.000, Shopping Bag EUR 3.500
 

In 1854, at number 4 Rue des Capucines near the Place Vendôme in Paris, Louis Vuitton launched his luggage business, advancing the travel trunks of the time — which were, then, made with rounded tops to allow water runoff — by creating stackable trunks in treated waterproof canvas. In his memory, his son Georges Vuitton created and patented the now-iconic ‘LV’ monogram, featuring his father’s initials, decorated with quatrefoils and four-petal flowers. Since then, Louis Vuitton the company has gone through several transformations under the ownership of luxury conglomerate LVMH. But the LV monogram has endured over the years as the symbol of what is now one of the world’s most widely recognised brands.

“I was thinking, sort of selfishly, of what I could use. Initially, my idea was just a makeup case, just a small old-fashioned kind. The team at Vuitton was so taken with the idea that they said, ‘Well, what if we did a trunk? In your ideal fantasy world, what would you like?’ At home in New York, I have shelves for fake eyeballs, fake nails, eyelashes, and things like that. So it became a little traveling studio in a way”—a foldout trunk complete with labeled drawers, a makeup mirror, and a stool, and covered in retro travel stamps from imaginary destinations. Cindy Sherman

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SHERMAN
Messenger EUR 2.900, Malle Transform (incl. Messenger bag) EUR 140.000
 

To mark the 160th anniversary of the house’s founding, Louis Vuitton’s executive vice president Delphine Arnault, daughter of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, and artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière initiated a project, dubbed ‘Celebrating Monogram,’ inviting six of the world’s design pioneers (the ‘iconoclasts’) to interpret the LV monogram (the ‘icon’) for a new series of bags.

“There’s a history that’s very emotional for me to talk about, my father never went to school, was a street kid. He worked in a grocery store, and he won an award at the Canadian National Exhibition for designing a grocery store window. This was the guy who ended up never going anywhere, everything against him all his life—that was the one thing. So when they asked that, I had a little tear in my eye. I never told Vuitton this.” Frank Gehry

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GEHRY
Twisted Box EUR 3.000
 

“The Monogram is the timeless icon of the Maison Louis Vuitton. It has lived through the brand’s countless evolutions, never losing its essence. The leading testament to the fashion house’s success, it was only natural that we should pay homage to it,” said Delphine Arnault.

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KAWAKUBO 
Tote EUR 1.900
 

All the pieces are highly limited and only available in selected LV stores. In France only in Paris and Monaco!

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NEWSON 
Backpack (blue, orange, beige) EUR 4.000

 

 

 

BOYARDE – CUSTOMIZED LUXURY

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Boyarde is using designer handbags as canvas for her Pop Art. Collectors come from all over the world including London, Australia, Jordan, Paris, New York, Hong Kong and Belize to commission her work.

Featured inVogue Brasil, The Daily Mail, The Metro, Stylist Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Sunday Times Style Magazine,The Evening Standard, You Magazine, Harpers Bazaar Singapore, The Independent, Marie Claire Turkey,appearing on BBC Radio, andRussell Howard’s Good News and many more Boyarde has become famous in the recent past.

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I personally asked her to customize a Hermes Kelly bag. So far she has done amazing work on Birkin´s but never on the iconic Kelly.

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Currently she has a very large volume of painting requests so it takes time if you want her to create a design for your bag.

Boyarde Messenger is an acclaimed British artist whose works focus on the re-contextualisation of familiar imagery that addresses consciously or sub-consciously the female stereotype. Throughout the history of art, popular culture, and cinema, Boyarde puts her unique art stamp on the images and issues addressed by embracing the power of kitsch and its ability to convey strong messages through humour and frivolity.

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Boyarde paints on everything but paper. She uses a variety of canvases from the human body to high-fashion bags and accessories. Boyarde is now introducing ‘Name Painting’ onto fashion accessories, allowing the client to have their name or initials custom painted onto their bag through an array of imagery from objects to people, making unique, personalised art / fashion accessories.

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HOW IT WORKS

1. Outside of the EU the client can send their own accessory by mail or courier. The client is liable for the cost of shipping (to the UK) and insuring item up to their desired value. There is no import or export tax as long as the client uses Boyarde’s unique IPR code (Inward Processing Code). Boyarde will then return the finished item via FedEx or DHL with the same IPR code. Please note, Boyarde is not responsible for any loss of goods in transit. The item is only insured on its return up to the value provided by courier used. The client is liable for the cost of additional insurance to be agreed in advance.

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2. The artist can purchase the desired item in the UK with a 15 % handling fee (subject to availability) to be personalised and sent to the client. The full cost of this is to be paid to the artist prior to purchase.

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PRICING

Pricing will vary depending on the size of the accessory and complexity of the design, but includes the return courier fee from the artist’s studio.

Example prices (June 2014, subject to change): Goyard St. Louis Tote size PM or Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM with standard detail design 1 side: £1350 2 sides: £1700 price varies with size of bag and level of detail in the design 35 Hermes Birkin for standard detail design 1 side: £1700 2 sides: £2100 LV Speedy 30 for standard detail design 1 side: £1350 2 sides: £1700 Please note – price varies with size of bag and level of detail in the design. Prices for second side are based on detail being less than main design.

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DESIGN

Boyarde’s recontextualisation of familiar images from popular culture should not be mistaken for copy cat art. The client is free to choose an existing Boyarde design, with the ability to have it personalised more to the clients wishes. Parts of previous designs can be put together for a ‘pic n mix’ style. Or new designs can be created with input from the client, inspired by familiar and iconic imagery or created from scratch. Name Painting: This allows the client to have their initials or name personalised through imagery painted by Boyarde. All designs remain the intellectual property of the artist.

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QUALITY

A rigorous process is undertaken to create your ‘Art Bag’, in which the artist uses the best quality materials for prepping and protecting the material. The standards of Boyarde’s painting and quality of materials used mean the art will last, but the bag should be treated with utmost respect as it now is an ‘Art Bag’ with a valuable work by the artist. Whilst all bags are subject to wear tear the artist is not responsible for the art once it is returned to the client.

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TIMING

Due to the artist’s participation in multiple art projects and commissions and high demand for custom fashion art accessories, the artist will aim to have your item returned within 6-13 weeks. This is subject to change.

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PAYMENT

Upon agreeing a brief and receiving a 30% deposit the artist will commence researching followed by sketching. Once artwork is approved, the client will send the item and painting can begin. Payment can be made by PayPal or International Bank Transfer (paypal additional 5% business paypal charge). The remainder of the agreed fee is payable before the finished item is returned to the client. Once payment is received it is non-refundable.

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Boyarde describes her work as…

“…highlighting her playful personality injecting it with humour and mischievnous, whilst liberating the object of desire, admiring its form, yet still confirming the vital balance between power and vulnerablity.”

I strongly recommend you to follow her on Facebook and Instagram. She posts amazing pictures of her work on a regular basis.

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LV FASHION SHOW

It all started with a cocktail near Casino square at 17:30 sharp. Louis Vuitton Monaco had invited only a hand full of carefully selected media, fashionistas and celebrities to attend the world´s first LV fashion show in Monaco. The streets around Hotel de Paris were packed with huge black Limousines, all with a simple but powerful sign saying “LOUIS VUITTON”. All the cars were needed later because the fashion show started at 7pm on the Place du Palais on the “rock”, Monaco-Ville.

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Romy and I arrived super early all dressed up in and for Louis Vuitton. Romy was in her tiger high heels and a silk top together with the big Louis Vuitton Miroir Alma Bag in gold.

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I decided to also wear a limited edition bag from the Miroir Collection but I opted for the silver version. I combined it with Converse style Swarovski shoes, sweat pants from Uniqlo, camoflage Blazer from Zara and my new LOUIS shirt I bought the day before in Cannes.

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The set up was amazing. People thought it will be IN the palace but it was actually in front of the main entrance in a specially built glass house.

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Princess Charlene looked stunning and relaxed, she definitely enjoyed the show and the attention she got from the audience and invited press. I personally was surprised that Prince Albert and Princess Caroline´s son Pierre also showed up and took place right next to Bernard Arnaud, owner of the LVMH group.

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Now, whats new? What has changed since Marc Jacobs has left and Nicolas Ghesquiere became creative director of the house of Louis Vuitton?

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The cruise collection for 2015 reflects Ghesquiere´s strong character. He is very talented  and tough and won’t give up before his exact vision becomes reality. Its refreshing unconventional and real, exactly what we need…

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“Never forget that what becomes timeless was once truly new”

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“What I find most interesting in fashion is that it has to reflect our time… People used to define me as a futurist designer, but, you know, the future is now for me.”

 

 

FIRST LV FASHION SHOW IN MC TOMORROW

The luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton will show its first ever runway show for its cruise collection in Monaco tomorrow.

Louis Vuitton will be presenting the first cruise collection for the brand’s new artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière.

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Its the first time that a fashion show will be presented at the Palais de Monaco since 1297 where the Palace was built.

The show will be taking place under the patronage and in the presence of the royal fashion plate HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco:

“I am particularly pleased to welcome to Monaco, Place du Palais, the Louis Vuitton cruise runway show and discover the creations of Nicolas Ghesquière”.

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Exotic locations for luxury fashion shows are important for big labels because it allows them to make their luxury clients around the globe feel special and appreciated by their favorite high end fashion brands.

Michael Burke, the president of Louis Vuitton:

“This first cruise collection by Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton shows the historical relationship between our house and the Principality of Monaco.”

In case you haven´t received one of the exclusive invitations (even for us it has been very very hard to get one!!!) you can watch the Louis Vuitton cruise fashion show  broadcast live on May 17 at 19h here.

CASTRO FOR LOUIS VUITTON

I recently got invited to an exclusive preview of how street art steps into the world of high-end fashion as Louis Vuitton collaborates with three graffiti artists to launch their Foulards d’Artistes collection. LV started this kind of collaboration with street artists back in 2001 when they featured artist Stephen Sprouse. In March this year a collaboration between Louis Vuitton and 3 street artists from around the world was launched. Their signature style was printed on a limited edition of three classic LV scarfs (Silk, Cashmere and Cotton).

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If you have ever been to Paris you might have seen one of André´s famous “Monsieur A” characters on some of the walls in the city of love. André Saraiva is a Swedish-Portuguese graffiti artist born in 1971 who lives and works in Paris. He became famous in the 90s for his “Monsieur A” tags which he has done over 30.000 times since then…

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The second artist is called Inti, a Chilean street artist, who has drawn inspiration from ancient Andean culture for his version. Glowing in energetic shades of sun, his design features an inspired motif of the face of Inca God Wiracocha.

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“I’m inspired by the Latin American people and culture before the Spanish invasion. The indigenous original towns, culture, people, and the continent in general before the European influence,” he says. “Difference is not a bad thing, it’s what enriches a culture.”

Apart from cultural symbols, Inti likes to include things that he “never wants to live without,” like food, shelter, music and alcohol. Inti, whose name translates as “sun” in the Incan language, began creating art in Valparaíso at the age of 14. While his passion started with small sketches and graffiti “tags” in the streets, he soon began to cultivate his talents further by studying painting at the School of Fine Arts in neighboring Viña Del Mar.

The third artist is Kenny Sharf who was born 1958 in Los Angeles. 1980 he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Bildschirmfoto 2014-04-11 um 13.36.18Even though he designed for Louis Vuitton and collaborates now with the famous concept store COLETTE in Paris, Scharf does not want his art to be only for the upper class:

I don’t want art to be an elitist thing that only certain people can understand what I’m doing. I know that there’s an elitist audience and I went to art school and I studied art history and I’m aware of that and it’s important to me to be part of that dialogue, but at the same time, I’m also aware of so many people who don’t know about that. It’s important to me to reach out to everyone and offer something for all different audiences, whether it be the art elitist or the art-uninitiated person on the street.

Out of the three limited LV scarfs I presented you I personally like Kenny Scharf´s design the most. André´s version is also quite cool but the colors on the heavy Cashmere scarf are to girly for me. I definitely do not like the orange version Inti came up with. Its a cotton scarf but all the orange with the culty pattern is a bit too old fashion for me. Kenny´s design is great, I like the color and the Manga like scheme. The only problem I had was the material. Its  made out of silk which is a weird kind of scarf to have for a man but given the fact that its a limited edition and a kind of iconic piece I had to take it (its still in the box in came in…but its MINE ;-).