The Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer collection highlights the artists playfully audacious creative vision across a wide range of leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, as well as eye-catching window displays, instore installations and digital content.
The starting point for this complete collaboration is Urs Fischer’s exuberant and ground-breaking reworking of Louis Vuitton’s signature Monogram. As one of the few artists to refashion the House’s iconic pattern completely since its creation in 1896 by Georges Vuitton, Fischer has reappropriated the Monogram’s flowers and LV initials in new hand-drawn versions that he calls “memory sketches”. The resulting dream-like motifs, which seem to float and move before the eyes, have been meticulously adapted to suit each specific product across this comprehensive collection, changing in size, perspective, colour and application technique.
Available in two colourways, black and red and black and white, this new Monogram is the collaboration’s key decorative motif, and features throughout the collection designs: on two sporty models of low- and high-top sneakers, and strikingly embellishes accessories including two silk-wool shawls, a wool stole, two silk squares, a double-sided padded scarf and a unique padded hood.
Seven special-edition bags – a Keepall, Cabas, Onthego, two Neverfulls, Speedys, Pochettes Accessoires, and a charming, hard-sided beauty case – use the Urs Fischer Monogram to particularly impressive effect thanks to an exquisite tuffetage treatment that uses velvet-like material to create extra texture and tactile relief.
The collaboration also features a series of whimsical characters created by Urs Fischer. The enchanting animals and objects are united in a playful print that fills a colourful silk square. Four of the characters – a cat asleep in a banana skin, an avocado meeting an egg, a cat holding a lightbulb, and a bird carrying a peach – also grace window displays.
To illustrate the sheer scale and creative ambition of the collaboration – the artist’s second with the House after an Artycapucines bag in 2019 – Urs Fischer has devised a complete visual universe for Louis Vuitton’s stores.
The Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer collection will launch in Louis Vuitton stores worldwide in January 2021.