Wherever your travels take you, from professional engagements to special occasions, there is a Louis Vuitton Capucines to elevate any look. Continually reimagined in various materials, colours and designs, the New Classic handbag adds both timeless elegance and a fashion-forward edge. Karlie Kloss, the multi-talented model and entrepreneur, plays dress up with a selection of the latest Capucines bags while planning an upcoming trip. Whether it's time to be a “Boss Lady” or attend a black-tie event, Karlie Kloss can count on the Capucines to be a ready companion.
The multi-talented model Karlie Kloss plays dress up with the iconic Louis Vuitton Capucines bag.Capucines New Classics Day in the Life
Louis Vuitton's mainstay luggage line Horizon continues its world tour with a stop in Hong Kong.
After stops in Rio de Janeiro and Paris, Louis Vuitton heads to Hong Kong with the expanded line of Horizon luggage. Now including a new soft-shelled version, Horizon Soft, the innovative line of rolling luggage was designed by Marc Newson with 21st-century travellers in mind. Available in a wide range of sizes, finishes and colors, from classic Monogram and Damier canvases to colorful Epi leathers or thermoformed knit jacquard, there is a Horizon suitcase for every inclination and destination.Horizon Luggage The Spirit of Travel
The six Capucines bags in the new Artycapucines Collection showcase both the six artists’ creativity as well as the innovation and savoir-faire of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers.
Sam Falls’ Capucines began as a large original artwork that is reproduced in all its delicacy, depth and texture using a jacquard weave, high-definition printing, and precise handmade embroidery. The bag’s beautifully worked fabric is accompanied by the natural simplicity of a mother-of-pearl logo and handle rings.
Urs Fischer’s “hanging sculpture” transforms his Capucines into a customisable work of art. The “blank canvas” of the bag’s white Taurillon leather comes with six hyper-realistic, hand-painted silicone pieces of fruit and vegetables, which can each be hung from the bag on a delicate gold-plated brass chain.
Inspired by the flower on Louis Vuitton’s Monogram canvas, the patches on Nicholas Hlobo’s Capucines appear to have grown organically from its interior. Painstakingly attached with heavily worked embroidery, their blue tones and contrasting texture stand out against the bag’s smooth black exterior to create a beautiful, handmade hybrid object.
High-gloss Los Angeles life is transplanted to the most Parisian of bags in Alex Israel’s Capucines, which showcases the prodigious craft of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers. As the waves of deep, lustrously coloured leather glisten, two decorative, yet functional surfboard fins rise from the interior: one has a comb attached, the other a mirror.
Nineteen types of leather – some upcycled from Louis Vuitton ateliers – are used in the remarkable patchwork that graces Tschabalala Self’s Capucines. The shapes, based upon her deconstruction of the House’s Monogram pattern, are attached using deliberately imperfect stitching to instigate an unconventional dialogue with the bag’s perfectly crafted exterior.
The matte pink LV logo and playful giraffe charm are perfectly set off by the predominantly black and white body of Jonas Wood’s Capucines. This pattern, based upon a “landscape pot” painting of his, is first printed onto the bag’s exterior, before being embroidered with over 200,000 stitches to create an impression of rich tactile texture and depth.Collaboration Limited-Edition
Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Alex Israel, Nicholas Hlobo, Tchabalala Self, and Jonas Wood have each designed a limited-edition Capucines bag, working closely with Louis Vuitton’s ateliers.
Sam Falls uses the natural world to create artworks that explore the materiality of colour and light through photographic techniques and everyday objects. He creates his abstract landscapes by covering large canvases with organic matter, such as branches, leaves and flowers, from a specific locale, dusting the arrangement with pigment and leaving them exposed to the elements. When the organic elements are removed, they leave behind silhouettes and patterns imprinted upon the canvas, like enigmatic ghosts. Each work – intimately linked to the place of its making and the meteorological and environmental conditions that it experienced – becomes a unique time-specific record of the natural world. Born in 1984 in San Diego, Sam Falls studied physics, linguistics and philosophy before becoming an artist; he now lives and works in Los Angeles.
Urs Fischer is best known for his large-scale sculptures and installations that reveal a deep fascination in the spontaneous processes of transformation and decay. His work, which often features monumental everyday objects, includes a life-sized Swiss chalet made from loaves of sourdough bread, foam and wood; a painted aluminium sculpture of a huge packet of cigarettes intersected by half a dining chair; and a monumental 20-tonne, 7-metre-high bronze sculpture in which a large desk lamp springs from the head of a giant teddy bear. Fischer’s most recent work has included life-sized wax sculptures of people made as candles. They are lit and left to burn until the sculpture has melted and disintegrated. Urs Fischer was born in 1973 in Zurich, Switzerland, where he studied photography at the Schule für Gestaltung. He now lives and works in New York.
Alex Israel’s work places the artist at the centre of a searching exploration of popular media, Hollywood, the cult of celebrity and the American dream, as seen through the lens of his hometown, Los Angeles. His wide-ranging oeuvre mixes art and branding, the cultural and the commercial, in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, murals, a sunglasses brand, an ongoing talk-show series with leading Californian cultural figures (As it Lays), and a featurelength film (SPF-18). At the heart of his work is a forensic, yet heartfelt study of the city of Los Angeles, built upon curiosity and a drive to locate his own changing place within the city’s nexus of creativity, influence and desire. For Israel, to focus in on Los Angeles and its powerful cultural and social spheres, its contradictions and its beauty, is to understand the obsessions not just of America, but also of the world. Born in 1982, Alex Israel graduated from Yale University, Connecticut (BA), and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles (MFA).
Nicholas Hlobo’s installations and intricate two- and three-dimensional objects are both a commentary on the democratic realities of South Africa since the end of apartheid’s legalised discrimination in 1994, and an investigation of his own ethnic, gender and cultural identity. Born in Cape Town in 1975, Hlobo studied fine art at Technikon Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, where he still lives. His hybrid artworks are melded and woven together from tactile materials, such as discarded ribbon, leather, wood and rubber. In these works, each of the chosen materials has a specific association with a different form of personal or political identity, allowing Hlobo to create complex visual narratives that reflect – and reflect upon – the dichotomies of modern-day South Africa, and his own position and experiences within it.
Tschabalala Self’s artistic practice is concerned with the iconographic significance of the black female body in contemporary US culture, as well as its emotional, physical and psychological impact. Examining the intersection of race, gender and sexuality, Self looks at how collective fantasies around the black female body have created a cultural niche in which lies our understanding of black femininity. Her depictions of exaggerated female bodies are built upon a multilayered use of painting and printmaking, using sewn, printed and painted materials that draw upon different artistic and craft traditions. Born in Harlem, New York, in 1990, Tschabalala Self graduated from Bard College in 2012 and Yale School of Art in 2015. She currently lives and works in New Haven, Connecticut.
With their disorientating compressions of space and saturation of patterns, Jonas Wood’s lush and colourful works invoke the worlds of artists such as Henri Matisse and David Hockney. The Los Angeles-based artist’s works are composed from a process of layering and collaging from sources like photographs and drawings, which he transforms through distinctive variations of shapes, colours and geometric patterns. Wood often uses the outlines of pots and vases – created by his artist wife, Shio Kusaka – as frames within the frame, covering the vessels with striking images featuring bright green golf courses, coral reefs and exotic fish, basketballs, a luxuriant garden or a painter’s studio. Jonas Wood was born in Boston, USA, in 1977. He graduated in 1999 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, and was awarded an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2002.Collaborations Limited-Edition
The Artycapucines Collection sees six contemporary artists bring their unique visions to Louis Vuitton’s iconic Capucines bag.
First launched in 2013 and named after Rue des Capucines, the Parisian street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854, the Capucines bag has quickly become a contemporary classic. With the limited-edition Artycapucines Collection, the bag's distinctive design and silhouette provides and ideal "blanck canvas" for six leading international artists: Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self, and Jonas Wood.
The Artycapucines Collection is further proof of Louis Vuitton's unique ability to aid artists bring their ideas to life by combining its passion for constant innovation with its traditions of artisanal savoir-faire.Collaborations Limited-Edition