It seems like just yesterday that both our hearts and banks were broken by the arrival of Louis Vuitton’s first collaboration with influential contemporary artist Jeff Koons (check it here). Those lucky enough to get their hands on one of the Masters collection’s covetable classicised LV bags mourned the loss of their rent money, while the rest of us gazed wistfully from afar. Well, get ready and brace yourself for round two: iconic Louis Vuitton bags have now been upgraded with the addition of great works by Monet, Boucher, Gauguin, Poussin, Manet and, the toast of British art history, J.W. Turner. If the Van Gogh rucksacks of the last collection didn’t tickle your fancy, then there’s bound to be something in this second instalment that will.
An explicit exploration of the longstanding intersection that exists between the worlds of fashion and art, Koons’ latest sartorial offering has a slightly more personal touch than the bags that were previously launched. “They are part of my DNA,” he says of the artists featured, so naturally, he’s put his own stamp on each one by way of his initials. Every bag also comes with a leather, bunny shaped tag, emblematic of the artist’s most enduring and recognisable motif throughout his artwork, the inflatable rabbit. Art heritage for your arm, once again, the Masters collection has skillfully merged the contemporary, the humanistic and the downright fabulous. Who needs the Louvre?