Now available: Louis Vuittons artful handbags
For Louis Vuitton's limited "ArtyCapucines" collection, artists of the new generation have breathed spirit and zeitgeist into the handbag classic.
The "ArtyCapucines" collection is limited to 300 pieces per bag and is available for 6500 Euro in the stores from today.
Large canvases with abstract, dreamy landscapes depicting their respective places of origin - that is the trademark of Sam Falls. The 35-year-old lives in Los Angeles and works mostly outdoors. To create his unique works of art, he uses local natural materials such as grasses, branches, flowers, and blossoms. He arranges these on canvas, dusts the whole thing with color pigments and then exposes it to the elements. When the organic material is later removed, it leaves behind a bewitching play of silhouettes and patterns that give an idea of the magical place where the work was created. Sam Falls has now transferred this magic to the "ArtyCapucines" collection. With soft natural tones and floral patterns on fabric, the artist created a designer handbag that is a unique, time-specific representation of our natural environment.
Blaze of color
The New York-born Tschabalala Self composed a powerful play of turquoise, red, pink, brown and violet with her interpretation of the "ArtyCapucines" handbag. The sewn-on calfskin elements are partly reminiscent of flowers that decoratively contrast with the turquoise background. The 29-year-old artist became known above all for her works that deal with the female black body. For this, she uses painting, fabric, and prints. Similar to the design of her handbag, she uses sewn, printed and painted materials. The works of the young artist are always characterized by a dynamic colorfulness. And so it's not surprising that the Louis Vuitton bag she created also catches the eye with its cheerful, skilfully combined colors. Her works can be seen in the Perez Art Museum, Miami, and in the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
An elementary component of the works of the Zurich-born artist Urs Fischer are everyday objects, which he cleverly arranges to create a completely new form of art. His sculptures and installations are often large-format, such as an original-sized Swiss chalet made of sourdough bread, foam, and wood, or a seven-meter-high bronze teddy bear with a desk lamp protruding from its head. For the "ArtyCapucines" collection, the 46-year-old New Yorker has now creatively immortalized himself in the smallest of spaces. The bag made of Taurillon leather initially comes in a simple, elegant white with golden elements. The artist sets highlights with deceptively real-looking silicone pendants in the form of fruits that can be hung individually on the bag on a gold-plated chain. They form a wonderfully fresh, colorful contrast to the otherwise puristic design of the "Capucines" bag.
The works of Jonas Wood, who lives in Los Angeles, are always characterized by overlapping textures and disorienting spatial collisions. Art critics compare him with artists such as Henri Matisse, Keith Haring, and David Hockney. Many of the 42-year-old psychologist's drawings, watercolors, collages, and paintings are based on photographs that he transforms through various variations of colors, forms, and geometric patterns, breathing life into them with green color accents. The design of the "Capucines" model created by him takes its owner into the deepest jungle. A black-and-white pattern of overlapping leaves and ferns adorns the noble bag, on which the Louis Vuitton logo in delicate pink is particularly striking. Woods has installed a (removable) giraffe metal tag on the handbag as a colorful eye-catcher.
African sense of life combined with a Louis Vuitton classic - Nicholas Hlobo, born in Cape Town in 1975 and living in Johannesburg, left his very personal signature on a chic black bag. His artistic work, which often consists of interwoven tactile materials such as discarded ribbon, leather, wood or rubber, is also reflected in this fashion piece. On the "Capucines" bag, Hlobo sewed light blue leather in various shades, reminiscent of a river meandering through the African landscape. The large, black seams set elegant accents and form an optical bridge from the sewn-on light blue leather to the black design of the luxury bag. A very special piece of jewellery are the extensions of the leather that extend beyond the bag.
Sound of the sea
"I'm not really a surfer, but I often think about my approach as related to surfing: I'm on a wave, and I either go with it or I don't. In some ways, I find it interesting to let myself go with it, to see where it goes and to see how it works", says Alex Israel, born 1982, whose work reflects the Californian attitude to life on the coast of his hometown Los Angeles. His Louis Vuitton calfskin bag is decorated with a colorful wave - one of his favorite motifs. For last year's "New Waves" exhibition in Hong Kong, he brought the characteristic wave form with acrylic onto fiberglass. The color combination of the "ArtyCapucines" handbag in green, orange, pink and blue radiates joie de vivre and makes you want to take a summer stroll along the water. The two blue waves of plexiglass protruding from the inside of the bag make this piece an extravagant eye-catcher. Israel's many fans in Hollywood will be thrilled.