Artycapucines: The six new metamorphoses of the iconic Louis Vuitton Capucines bag

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In June 2019, Louis Vuitton inaugurated Artycapucines. A project conducted in collaboration with six contemporary artists – Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood – whom the brand invited to reinterpret the design of its Capucines bag.


This year, six other artists continue the saga of the metamorphosis of this iconic accessory thanks to the singularity of their aesthetic bias.


The encounter between contemporary art, fashion and craftsmanship of excellence. This could sum up in a few words the continuation of Louis Vuitton’s Artycapucines collection. Seven years after the launch of its iconic Capucines bag, named after the rue des Capucines in Paris, where Louis Vuitton opened its first store in 1854, the House invited six internationally renowned artists to revisit this classic: Beatriz Milhhazes, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zhao. They follow in the footsteps of Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood, who unveiled their original versions of Le Capucines in 2019.


Each artist in the second wave of the Artycapucines collection has appropriated the trapezoid-shaped bag to revisit his design in a singular and personal style and propose a new version. For Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes, the originally sleek bag becomes a kaleidoscope of textures and colors superimposed on lamb leather.


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The creation of Frenchman Jean-Michel Othoniel, who designed the Night owl Kiosk that decorates the entrance of the Palais Royal metro station in Paris, is performing a complete makeover with a raffia weave, a decoration that looks like a boa fashioned from silk satin on the upper edge, all twisted with a handle of black beads.


Josh Smith proposes an equally personal version. The New York artist was inspired by one of his paintings in the “name” series, which features his own name to faithfully reproduce his brightly colored canvases.


The American Henry Taylor’s work is still about reproducing an original painting, but also innovative laser printing technologies and marquetry techniques. Taylor has duplicated the expressive face of the founder of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles, which he created in 2017 to create a captivating relief portrait printed on the canvas of the Capucines bag.


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The Louis Vuitton Capucines revisited by Pekinese designer Liu Wei is futuristic and sculptural with its aluminum petals and the movable metal spheres that secure the bag’s handle.


Finally, Zhao Zhao offers a highly graphic version with elements that envelop the entire surface of the bag like a puzzle.


The six new creations in the Artycapucines collection will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces per model from October 30, 2020 in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores around the world.





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