Ten years after the first collaboration, Louis Vuitton launches the second chapter of the partnership with the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, in stores around the world starting from January 2023.
Since the creation of Louis Vuitton in 1854, the Maison has cultivated close ties with the art world, collaborating with numerous artists who have brought their unique vision, sometimes creating radical reworkings of the Maison’s most iconic creations, rewriting the rules of artistic collaborations between luxury brands and artists. The 2012 collaboration with Yayoi Kusama was articulated through various universes of the Maison, from exhibitions, to products, to unique installations for the windows, including the creation of a mannequin in the image and likeness of the artist.
Yayoi Kusama, born in March 1929, is an avant-garde artist whose perspective is expressed through a variety of techniques including sculpture, painting, installations, video, photography, events and writing. Considered a forerunner of pop and minimal art, her creations nevertheless resist any kind of classification. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first collaboration with the artist, a collection of bags was unveiled on the occasion of the show at the Salk Institute in San Diego of the Cruise 2023 collection designed by the Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton Nicolas Ghesquière.
These exclusive bags, from classic models to new ones, feature a reinterpretation of the obsessive polka dot motif, a distinctive feature of the artist and are a foretaste of a transversal collaboration that will involve all the categories of the Maison in January 2023.