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Meet The Designers Reimagining Louis Vuitton’s Capucines Bag

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For the second year in a row, Louis Vuitton has handed over the carte blanche to six international artists and their reimagining of the label’s Capucines handbag.

The Artycapucines collection is receiving the special treatment from artists Beatriz Milhazes, Jean-Michel Othnoiel, Josh Smith, Henry Taylor, Liu Wei and Zhao Zha, filled with painted details, elaborate embroidery, and sculpted silhouettes.

Each design is limited to only 200 bags produced upping the ante for buyers in stores worldwide and elevating its exclusivity.

The Capucines pays homage to the Parisian rue where Louis Vuitton opened his first boutique in 1854. Since its debut for the label’s 2013 Fall campaign starring The Great Gatsby actress Michelle Williams, the purse has become a classic staple to have under your arm.

Last year’s Artycapucines release featured artists Sam Falls, Urs Fischer, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Israel, Tschabalala Self and Jonas Wood. Urs Fischer’s food mobile iteration with 3D-printed bananas, apples, and carrots proves you can have your bag and eat it too.

This isn’t the first time the maison has had artists taken over a bag. Louis Vuitton is famed for their collaborations, ranging from contemporary greats like Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami to Jeff Coons’ take on classic maestros like Claude Monet and Leonardo DaVinci.

A standout offer from the collection is Henry Taylor’s Artycapucines bag. The American painter chose to highlight Noah Davis, a young black artist known for transforming storefronts into impressive murals. Taylor’s 2017 portrait of Davis is printed on a light taupe colorway of the purse, allowing the vibrant reproduction to stand out.

Louis Vuitton’s growing commitment to artisan craft can’t be overstated. Take a look at all six handbags in the collection below.

The Louis Vuitton Artycapucines purse collection launches October 30 in select boutiques worldwide.

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