The Louis Vuitton/Rei Kawakubo Collaboration
Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 12:50 k
Filed under: Designer Spotlight, Fashion News, Handbags | Tags: , , , ,

We are only 2 days away from one of the hottest collaborations. Louis Vutton will open a temporary concept shop in Tokyo, selling six bags designed by Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons.

The concept shop was designed by Kawaakubo, and the bags will only be available at this one location. The space closes its doors in Decemember, plus you must place an order in person (one order and style per person) and it will be made over several months for you.

Yves Carcelle, Louis Vuitton’s president and chief executive officer, explained its genesis this way:

“In one of my meetings with Marc Jacobs, he said, ‘I have a request for you. You know how much I love Rei; well, I met her the other day and she mentioned that she’d love to do something with Louis Vuitton.’”

As it turns out, Kawakubo was captivated by the Louis Vuitton monogram store when it opened in Tokyo in 1978, but couldn’t afford a bag at the time because she was starting her label. These days, she could buy as many as she wants, but she prefers to be on the other side of the business equation. Of the six bags, two are re-editions of styles from the 1970s; two are LV classics customized by Kawakubo; and two are Kawakubo originals. “They’re very kawaii,” said Carcelle. “Only a Japanese woman could’ve made them.”


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