The ‘It bag’ frenzy might have waned lately but a new collection by Louis Vuitton might just turn the tide in their favour once again. Stephen Sprouse, graffiti artist and defacer of the Louis Vuitton logo back in 2001, is being revisited, albeit posthumously, by Marc Jacobs in a special capsule collection.
Reinterpreting the celebrated graffiti bags from their first collection, which arguably kicked-off the whole ‘It bag’ craze, Jacobs has taken Sprouse’s two motifs – the graffiti and the rose – and splashed them across a selection of small leather goods and streetwear: t-shirt dresses, jeans and sneakers.
The collection is a tribute to one of the pioneering fashion-art collaborations, celebrating the life of Stephen Sprouse. It coincides with a retrospective exhibition of the New Yorker’s art, ‘Rock on Mars’ at the Deitch Gallery in Soho, together with a monograph published by Rizzoli, simply called ‘The Stephen Sprouse Book’.
Speaking of the capsule collection, Marc Jacobs said, ‘It really is a complete homage and a complete combination of what is Louis Vuitton and what is this legendary icon, and then what are the icons and the lasting aesthetics that Stephen left in the fashion world.’
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Jack Moss is the Fashion Features Editor at Wallpaper*. Having previously held roles at 10, 10 Men and AnOther magazines, he joined the team in 2022. His work has a particular focus on the moments where fashion and style intersect with other creative disciplines – among them art and design – as well as championing a new generation of international talent and profiling the industry’s leading figures and brands.
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