Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Farewell Takashi Murakami at Louis Vuitton

A story that has been spanning around the industry recently is the end of the Takashi Murakami Multicolor Monogram Collection at Louis Vuitton.

The origin of this collection dates back to the brand’s Spring 2003 show by Marc Jacob. It says that the collection will be discontinued from store around the ending of July forever. The 12-year-old collection was featured in a few handbag styles, a belt, and assorted small leather goods including wallets and a bracelet.


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Though it came in many styles and products, I feel that its most fame product had to be on the speedy bag. Whenever I just think of the Takashi Murakami multicolor monogram collection, I just see Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson (more focus on Paris Hilton though), and I feel like I saw it in mean girls too no? Lets not also forget Victoria Beckham, Lil Kim and plenty more of Hollywood.
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It was during his 16-year tenure at Louis Vuitton; Jacobs also collaborated with many artists including Richard Prince, Yayoi Kusama and Stephen Sprouse. The last remaining collaboration from his time at the label to still be produced is Vuitton’s tie-up with Jacobs’ friend and fan Sofia Coppola. The “SC” collection will continue with a new range of color ways this coming fall.

How do we feel about this decision made by Louis Vuitton and the LVMH group? To be honest, the collection strictly reminds me of Marc and his era; but wouldn’t fit so well with Nicolas Ghesquière vision for the brand. I guess it’s a bold way of saying, out with the old and in with the new.

FACT: The brand’s multicolor monogram collection is the longest lasting of the label’s many collaborations with Murakami — who also re-envisioned the brand’s classic monogram with pink cherry blossom and camouflage motifs (OMG, don’t we just miss the 00’s?).

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