ART YOU CAN CARRY: Louis Vuitton's Artycapucines Collection
Text by Manifesto | Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton 'Artycapucines' collection
Louis Vuitton 'Artycapucines' collection
Henry Taylor
Zhao Zhao
Josh Smith
Jean-Michel Othoniel

Louis Vuitton invited six leading contemporary artists to reimagine their Capucines bag with each adding their own twist and identity. This year celebrated artists Beatriz Milhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao. They have been commissioned by the maison to turn their contemporary classic Capucines into works of art. For the Artycapucines project, Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes used 18 different types of leather worked to the same thickness which was then inlaid into the bag. Jean-Michel Othoniel took a different approach with the bag body intricately hand-woven in raffia, with the top edge of the bag that was hand-embroidered using a type of black satin silk. New York-based artist Josh Smith’s design is based upon one of his signature “name” paintings which replicated brushstrokes. Californian artist Henry Taylor’s version of the Capucines is his 2017 portrait A Young Master, a portrait of the late Noah Davis, the African American artist and founder of L.A.’s Underground Museum, using edge laser printing and traditional marquetry. Lui Wei based his bag upon Microworld, a large-scale sculptural installation shown at the 2019 Venice Biennale. The aluminium petals from the sculpture are recreated using five different types of silver-coloured leather that are then thermo-moulded and inserted as part of the bag’s body. Chinese artist Zhao revisited his 2018 sculpture In Extremis No.3 for his bag; the artwork’s metal components are transformed into 353 individual laser-cut patches using five different types of leather. These bags are now available in a limited number of 200.


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