On October 29, the French fashion house will release its third Artycapucines Collection featuring six new internationally acclaimed artists who have transformed the Capucines bag into something unique.
Louis Vuitton is taking a contemporary piece of art from the walls of our museums and placing them into your hands – with a price.
With each bag costing over $8000, it’s no surprise that only 200 limited edition masterpieces will be available worldwide.
Debuted in 2013, the Capucines bag is named the Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, the street on which Louis Vuitton opened his first storefront in 1854. Since its hit the handbag market, the bag has swiftly become a modern house classic and staple of the brand.
On 20 October 2021, Louis Vuitton celebrated the launch of the third iteration of its highly coveted limited edition Artycapucines collection with a glamorous event in Los Angeles.
The event, which was hosted by supermodel Miranda Kerr and stylist Jamie Mizrahi, was an intimate dinner attended by 36 guests and friends of the house at the John Lautner Harpel House.
Some of the most notable attendees included Kate Hudson, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Nicole Ritchie, Rachel Zoe, Dylan Penn, Jennifer Meyer, Joel Madden, Kelly Sawyer, and Jasmine Tookes were spotted.
However, the collection for which the event was being held, the third instalment of the longstanding French house’s Artycapucines collection, is even more awe-inspiring than the guest list.
With the limited-edition Artycapucines Collection, the bag’s distinctive design and silhouette provide an ideal “blank canvas” for six leading international artists including Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self, and Jonas Wood.
More creatives in question are Gregor Hildebrandt, Donna Huanca, Huang Yuxing, Vik Muniz, Paola Pivi and Zeng Fanzhi.
The artists all presented vastly different, but equally stunning take on the bag. From Vincent Van Gogh inspired paintings to Donna Huanca’s abstracted approach; the precisely embossed, candy-coloured clip-art characters in Vik Muniz’s design; the gold-leaf gilding and delicate marquetry, are all a clear nod to his historically complex paintings that experiment with both Eastern and Western traditions.
One design that stands out, in particular, is a handbag art piece created by Urs Fischer. Urs Fischer is a Swiss-born contemporary visual artist living in New York City. Fischer’s practice includes sculpture, installation and photography.
According to Louis Vuitton, Urs Fischer’s limited edition transforms a white Taurillon Capucines BB into a hanging sculpture with the addition of six hyper-realistic, hand-painted silicone pieces of fruit and vegetables.
The pieces will hang down the bottom or lay on the side of the bag by way of a super thin and delicate gold-plated brass chain.
The eye-widening detail of this bag, however, is the six accompanying accessories it comes with, featuring an assortment of fruits, vegetables, and produce.
From mushrooms to strawberries, apples to bananas it really does give the idea of art a fresh look and feel.
Hand-painted in the studio by Urs Fischer and his team, these fragile silicone sculptures are made to appear hyper-realistic and almost good enough to eat.
Another standout piece is Zeng Fanzhi’s Vincent Van Gogh inspired art piece. Zeng’s work is a unique synthesis of Chinese and Western traditions.
His work is expressed through strong, richly textured brushwork and his paintings have often been concerned with studies on tactility, isolation and abstraction.
Zeng’s Capucines is based on a dramatic reinterpretation of a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh that he originally created in 2017.
The complex design faithfully renders the artist’s highly worked brushstrokes and layering of paint in threads of 42 different colours and over 700,000 embroidery stitches.
Not everyone visits art museums and galleries. But everyone sees handbags in the streets — and a good number at the windows at Louis Vuitton. This is why both established and emerging artists relish projects like Artycapucines.
These excentric stand-out handbags are definitely one of a kind. Artycapucines Collection has officially launched, visit their website here.