Jul 10, 2012

A Look Inside Louis Vuitton & Kusama Collection

Throughout his years at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs has collaborated with numerous artists-- Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse, François Cadière, and Richard Prince to name just a few. Yayoi Kusama, Japan's well-known contemporary pop artist, is the lastest in a long line of artists to collaborate with the French luxury house. I stopped by LV's SoHo boutique with a close fellow Mizhattanite for the VIP event. And let me just say that I've been anticipating a look inside this collab for a very long time. So, let's have a look, shall we?

The pop-up Kusama concept store was located inside Louis Vuitton's SoHo boutique and the space was decked in Kusama's distinctive red polka-dot patterns. Even the LV flag hanging outside the store was given the Kusama treatment. Inside, an extensive range of clothing, shoes, jewelry, scarves, and bags reflecting the artist's peculiar design were on display. Prices were unsurprisingly steep. Ballerina flats in monogram nylon with dotted bows were $830, while prices for pumps ranged from $985 to $1,150. PM Bangles were $380 & GMs were $465. Bags were available in Papillon ($2,760), Lexington ($1,360), Lockit ($3,650), and Lockit Vertical ($2,920). Bags & small leather goods were made with Vernis leather. I also found a nice variety of scarves. Prices for scarves were $310 & $420, while shawls were going for $860. For more detailed info & pricing, you can check out their online boutique.

Louis Vuitton will be sponsoring Kusama's work, which is scheduled to open at the Whitney Museum on July 12th. Kusama's work certainly is inspiring. So, even if your budget won't allow you the opportunity to purchase something from this collab, it's definitely worth stopping by and getting lost in all the whimsical dots.

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