Six contemporary artists bring their talent to the classic Louis Vuitton Capucines bag
The Louis Vuitton ArtyCapucines collection has long been known as an object of desire for sharp-eyed fashionistas. Understandable. Every model in the line is, literally, a work of art.
Its most recent line sees the designs of six global contemporary artists who released their creativity into the classic silhouette of the LV Capucines. Named after the street where the designer opened his first store in 1854, the Capucines bag has often been a source of inspiration not just for the stylish but the creative as well. The 2022 release is the maison’s fourth chapter of Artycapucines and features the works of Daniel Buren, Kennedy Yanko, Park Seo-beo, Amelie Bertrand, Peter Marino and Ugo Rondinone. Previous artists to have been featured include Henry Taylor, Beatriz Milhazes, Zhao Zhao and Vik Muniz.
Vertical stripes, the hallmark of Daniel Buren, are evident in his ArtyCapucines design, which comes in four colours. Known for his Observatory of Light exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Buren constantly explores the art and its physical and intellectual structures and often toys around with perceptions of light and space. An artist of over 60 years, he has been seen in over 3,000 exhibitions in his lifetime., Buren’s striking pieces required Louis Vuitton to create a bespoke Capucines silhouette to fit his vision. The Buren Capucines bag comes in symmetrical halves; each side with a differently coloured Louis Vuitton Taurillon leather in a matte finish.
Kennedy Yanko’s work is sculptural pieces in tones of yellow and brown. Working with draping techniques and 3D innovation, Yanko incorporates her signature play on metal and “paint skin”, a material she makes by pouring large amounts of paint, allowing it to dry, and using the sheet-like material to create sculptural compositions. She describes it as an “abstract expressionist-surrealist work with anthropomorphic quality”. Another unique element to her Artycapucines design is versatility. With a removable leather handle, the wearer can style the sac also as a clutch (with the external pocket acting as a hand grip), while the strap can be attached to a separate small leather envelope pocket inside the bag.
An Asian artist is represented in Artycapucines. Park Seo-beo is a decorated Korean creative who founded the Dansaekhwa movement in the Seventies, which altered the course of Korean art with ideas of spiritual gain through purposeless and repetitive action. The meticulous process of his Artycapucines mirrors the thought of the Dansaekhwa movement and involves multiple hand-finished effects. Seo-beo's Ecriture series is the inspiration behind his Artycapucines. With his grandson, designer Park Jifan, Seo-beo translated Ecriture into Louis Vuitton's silhouette, seen through the bag's brushstroke-like effect.
Transport yourself to a completely different world through the incredible imagination of French artist, Amelie Bertrand, whose most recognisable signatures are synthetic psychedelia, skewed perspectives, and shallow horizons. For her Artycapucines creations, she employs her leitmotifs of camouflage, tiles, and tropical plants. It is the first of its kind to glow in the dark with unique pigment treatment use. Her remodelling features a phosphorescent resin handle, interior and exterior tile lines and stitching. Oversized flowers and a chain are other elements of Bertrand’s Capucines bag. “I never attempt to create real spaces, only painted ones,” she says.
An architect and patron of the arts, Peter Marino founded his eponymous New-York based architectural firm in 1978. He has since designed the Louis Vuitton flagships in Paris, London, Seoul and Los Angeles; thus, collaborating with him for the Artycapucines line was no surprise. The result is a strong, monochromatic all-black bag with 315 lightweight studs. It provides both a tactile experience and s a striking visual feast. The exterior also carries an exclusive type of slide-bolt closure, a nod to Marino’s architectural background.
Born in Switzerland, Ugo Rondinone is a significant artistic influence on his generation. He is a master at the sculptural and the painterly and has created a joyful Capucines bag that features a harlequin pattern, a nod to his long-time aesthetic exploration of clowns. Each bag has been painstakingly hand-embroidered with nearly 15,000 beads and its 3D-printed flowers are reminiscent of the LV monogram. Each bag in the Artycapucines collection is a physical embodiment of Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire and craftsmanship. Its worldwide reveal in October 2022 marks the beginning of its release, with a limited number of 200 per bag made available around the world. Buren’s four variation design, however, will come with 50 pieces made per colour.
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