• LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK "CUBA"

    For Li Kunwu, as a Chinese artist, Cuba resonates strongly, the island’s history mirroring that of the Middle Kingdom.

    “I’ve been hearing about Cuba since I was little. In the 1950s, our two countries developed excellent relations. Deep down, I always knew I’d go there one day.”

    He marvels at the similarity of Cuban landscapes with the scenery in his native Yunnan and is captivated by these Cubans with their similar destiny. The passion he felt there followed him all the way to his studio, where he created over three hundred drawings, including inks, colours, lignes claires, portraits and landscapes. The diversity of styles reflects the intensity of his emotions and the profusion he encountered when he was in Cuba.

    Li Kunwu grew up during the Mao era, in a China swept by the Cultural Revolution. A born artist, Li drew constantly, using his pens and brushes to carve out a path for himself and recount his journey.

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  • LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK "ROME"

    Rome as portrayed by Miles Hyman is like a woman, an elusive woman of mystery, seen on a street corner, in the shadows of a terrace or on a balcony.

    Look away for an instant and she’s gone. Just like Rome. The city responds to his approach, offering up its beauty. It becomes “energetic and dynamic, charged with a fleeting beauty, joyous — the elements of the poetry in its everyday life”.

    The city’s inhabitants take precedence over its monuments. “Today,” Miles Hyman says, “I realise that the Rome Travel Book could have been called Travel Book of the Romans. I absolutely wanted to capture the daily life of the inhabitants of this enchanting city with honesty and admiration — I am tempted to say “tenderness”. Why did I want to stress the human element of the city? Because, for me, the key to the city is the striking contrast between its ephemeral life and the eternal.

    Miles Hyman is an illustrator of periodicals and adapts novels — most of them detective stories. He also writes graphic novels. His drawings give the impression that he could have been a writer, with a style somewhere in between that of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joseph Conrad, or even a film director. It can be seen in the line, in the depth of the colours.

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  • LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK "PRAGUE"

    For Pavel Pepperstein, Prague is a place of sentimental value with an almost protective character.

    He arrived there from his native Russia at the age of fourteen and was “immediately struck by the beauty and mystery of this incredible city”, at that time less sophisticated and less of a tourist destination. The dilapidated state of certain deserted neighbourhoods served to reinforce the city’s enigmatic nature. “I have never since felt the force of that kind of presence, and never had such a strong sense of the essence of Europe anywhere else.” Pavel Pepperstein praises the city’s different neighbourhoods, such as the very popular St. Vitus Cathedral, and is equally enthusiastic about the dilapidated areas and semi-abandoned factories at the end of the tram lines.

    Pavel Pepperstein is a multi-disciplinary artist, while drawing remains his core medium and raw material, he is also an author, theorist and musician. Ever observant and critical of the society he inhabits, in 2009 Pavel Pepperstein was chosen to represent Russia at the Venice Biennale.

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  • LOUIS VUITTON TRAVEL BOOK "ROUTE 66"

    In this Travel Book, the comic-book artist Thomas Ott describes Route 66's fall, as is his wont. The end of the journey cannot be a happy ending, only a culdesac, a dead end.

    Only Thomas Ott, a true film fanatic nourished on comic books and novels, could rush with such fervour to the legendary US Route 66. From Chicago, Illinois, to Santa Monica, California, he travelled nearly 4,500 kilometres over a period of three weeks. 

    “Route 66 is a forgotten world. No one uses it. The landscapes are bare. The towns are in ruins. The streets are empty and silent. These are ghost towns, frozen in the past. I illustrate this lost America along the road.” 

    As the horizon stretches out, the traveller becomes intoxicated with movement, space and freedom.

    Thomas Ott, born in 1966 in Zurich, is one of the rare comic-book artists to work in black and white, a powerful choice he made over thirty years ago. With infinite patience, he scrapes away at the Indiaink-coated surface of scratchboards with a utility knife, his hatch marks uncovering the white underneath to create the sharp contours of a world that belong to him alone.

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  • LOUIS VUITTON AT VIVA TECHNOLOGY

    Louis Vuitton will present its last innovations and unveils its new app at Viva Technology 

    The new version of the Louis Vuitton app goes a step further by offering a personalised shopping experience with a display of content and a product selection based on user’s interests. 

    User can also access all the News from the Maison and shop the entire Louis Vuitton online catalogue from there.

    This new version also introduces a unique innovative visual search function, the LV finder.

    With a simple photo, user can identify and shop instantly a woman’s handbag seen in the street, in a magazine or in our store windows.

    Lastly, the application is at the heart of the connected objects of the House.
    Indeed, it is the single entry point to access the innovative services developed for the Horizon collections, offering users the opportunity to travel with confidence.

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