Forget photo walls. Within the SEE LV exhibition, an eye-catching ‘Bag Stories’ wall showcases the fashion house’s most iconic bags throughout its 168-year history. Created by Louis Vuitton in 1901, the Steamer bag was first designed as a spare bag to fold into a trunk. Practical, the bag quickly became a must-have in the wardrobe, sporting the tricolor V of Gaston-Louis Vuitton which would later become one of the main signatures of the House.
For the Maison’s Spring-Summer 2001 collection, New York designer and artist Stephen Sprouse graffitied Louis Vuitton bags by marking the classic monogram with his distinctive doodle. It was a risky decision that paid off; creating some of the most memorable bags in the luxury brand’s history and paving the way for other artists to rework the once sacrosanct monogram.
Impossible to blend in with the crowd with this cult fire hydrant red backpack, presented for the first time during the Men’s Fall-Winter 2004-2005 show. A youthful icon of Louis Vuitton leather goods, the Christopher backpack was redesigned by English designer Kim Jones in 2017 in collaboration with skate-wear brand Supreme. “The strength of [the Supreme] graphic versus the strength of the Louis Vuitton graphic with that kind of pop art feel – it works perfectly together,” Jones says.
BESSAC HAT BOX
This magnificent hatbox is proof that Louis Vuitton conceived the art of travel. Inspired by vintage British suitcases, the Bessac is a hand-carried combination of a hatbox and a suitcase. Best of all, it featured a ribbon frame that allowed women to affix small hats to the trunk, ensuring that essential accessories were always close at hand when traveling by plane or train.
ALMA PANTHER BAG
In 1996, Louis Vuitton celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Monogram canvas originally created by Georges Vuitton. For the occasion, seven fashion designers were invited to work around the iconic canvas, imagining new bags for travel and the city. Iconoclastic designer Azzedine Alaïa chose to reinvent the beloved Alma bag which he dressed in his signature motif: a panther print fabric.
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