Louis Vuitton invites six new artists to join its Artycapucines collection
The 2021 Artycapucines Collection sees six more leading contemporary artists bring theirunique visions to Louis Vuitton’s timeless and feminine classic: the Capucines bag.
The third chapter of Louis Vuitton’s limited-edition, artist-designed Artycapucines Collection is further proof ofthe bag’s ability to inspire unbridled creativity. For this latest collection, six internationally acclaimed artists –Gregor Hildebrandt, Donna Huanca, Huang Yuxing, Vik Muniz, Paola Pivi, and Zeng Fanzhi – have transformed the blank canvas of the iconic bag named after Rue Neuve-des-Capucines, the Parisian street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854.
After the first two Artycapucines chapters, the six new bags attest to the collection’s ability to blend the beauty and creativity of the artists’ talent with the ingenuity and absolute craftmanship of the House’s skilled artisans: Gregor Hildebrandt’s stunning black-and-white design with its screen-printed leather and LV signature inlaidwith vinyl records; Donna Huanca’s precise, powerful and tactile bag with its hand-painted embroidery and piercing rings; the beautifully embroidered and brilliantly coloured fantasy landscape of Huang Yuxing’s Capucines; Vik Muniz’s characteristically joyful design with its effervescent trompe l’oeil effects and playfulaesthetic; the complex leather marquetry and rich gold-leaf gilding of Paola Pivi’s creation; and Zeng Fanzhi’sreinterpretation of a Van Gogh self-portrait brought to life with over 700,000 remarkably worked embroidery stitches.
The Artycapucines Collection, which now contains 18 distinctive designs from celebrated artists including Henry Taylor, Beatriz Milhazes, Urs Fischer, Zhao Zhao, Jean-Michel Othoniel, and Tschabalala Self, onceagain reveals the House’s long-running desire to use its innovative spirit and artisanal expertise to help creativeminds bring their ideas to life. Each bag embodies the House’s unending commitment to savoir-faire and craft,while affirming the Capucines as the ultimate expression of Louis Vuitton’s timeless elegance.
Each bag in the third Artycapucines Collection will be available in a limited edition of 200 and released in stores worldwide at the end of October 2021.