Boundless abstractions. Revealing animated motifs from inside a polka-dotted Louis Vuitton trunk, Yayoi Kusama (she’s about 93-years-old and more famous than ever!) invites you into her magical world that unravels from the Shinjuku building in Tokyo.
After early shots from onlookers were teased last week, we now get a closer look at the Louis Vuitton x Yavoi Kusama animations currently on view at Tokyo’s giant Cross Shinjuki Vision billboard. The massive French Maison’s 3D anamorphic display starts with a polka-dotted Louis Vuitton Damier trunk which opens up to reveal three of Kusama’s iconic pumpkins. The yellow one, famously installed on the art island of Naoshima, is worn by the artist as a helmet as she’s seen peering over the ledge. The animations then pivot to visuals of shimmering orbs from her ‘Narcissus Garden’ artwork and other polka-dotted LV objects.
Ten years after a first collaboration, Yayoi Kusama’s symbolic objects, hypnotic motifs, and imaginings of infinity take over the Maison’s own emblems, creating magical objects that transcend time and space. First revealed on the Cruise 2023 runway, this year’s collaboration brings not only the artist’s signature dots to the Monogram canvas, but also explores a wide range of recurring themes.
The Louis Vuitton x Yavoi Kusama display is set to run at the billboard outside of Shinjuku station’s east exit until December 7 and the collaboration is set to launch in January 2023. More information can be found on Louis Vuitton’s spectial interactive site.
Although the French Maison has been around since 1854, Louis Vuitton introduced their very first timepiece, the Tambour, in 2002. We are now exactly 20 years later and that has made the Maison decide to celebrate with a renewed version of that model, the Tambour Twenty.
The production of the first Tambour coincided with the opening of the Louis Vuitton workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the watchmaking region of Switzerland, home to Girard-Perregaux, Longines, Tag Heuer, Tissot and now Gucci, which shows that the luxury brand takes its watchmaking ambitions very seriously.
In 2011, Tambour and the rest of Louis Vuitton’s watchmaking concern were expanded with the acquisition of the La Fabrique du Temps facility in Geneva, a watch factory founded by master watchmakers Michel Navas and Enrico Barbasini.
Various versions of the Tambour have been released in the last 20 years. The signature Tambour – with drum-shaped case and applied lugs – made its debut in 2002 and has evolved over the years, to be joined in 2009 by the innovative Tambour Spin Time, in 2014 oversized Tambour Evolution, the sleek, tourbillon-equipped Tambour Slim in 2016, Tambour Moon in 2017 and the haute Horlogerie Tambour Curve in 2020.
Two versions of the Tambour were honored by the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) in 2021, with the unique piece the Tambour Carpe Diem receiving the ‘Audacity Prize’ and the Tambour Street Diver the ‘Diver’s Watch Prize’. The Tambour was also the model chosen for the French Maison’s first smartwatch, the travel-focused Tambour Horizon, which is now in its third generation.
To celebrate those years of watchmaking expertise, the French Maison has added a new edition. Offered in a limited edition of 200 pieces, the timepiece pays tribute to the original Tambour by re-using the signature codes that made it an icon of watch design. Louis Vuitton stays close to the original design.
The case of the Louis Vuitton Tambour Twenty is made of stainless steel and has a diameter of 41.5 mm with a thickness of 13.2 mm. The round side of the case is engraved with ‘Louis Vuitton’ – with each of the twelve letters placed next to one of the hour markers. An octagonal winding crown is signed with an LV logo and flanked by two rectangular pushers that provide access to the model’s chronograph functions.
Watch enthusiasts will recognise all the features that made the Tambour’s design so unique. While this limited edition is a true concentrate of everything that made this watch stand out, it also boasts brand new features that will set it apart for collectors. To me, as well as celebrating our anniversary, this watch also paves the way for many future decades of fine watchmaking, staying true to Louis Vuitton’s values of creativity, craftsmanship and excellence.
Jean Arnault, marketing and development director for Louis Vuitton watches
Sapphire crystal is placed on top to protect the brown brushed dial. The watch’s central chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute and 12-hour counters are all finished in contrasting yellow. When you turn the watch over, you will see a large sapphire window in the stainless steel case that offers a view of the internal movement. The Tambour Twenty uses the high-beat LV277 automatic movement – a highly modified version of Zenith’s El Primero movement – which features a monogrammed 22K gold winding rotor and 50-hour power reserve.
The Tambour Twenty is water resistant to 100m. The question, do you want to go diving with such a watch, and… do you want to put this on the handmade croco strap? The question is up to you…
With the anniversary model, they remain “true to Louis Vuitton’s values of creativity, craftsmanship and excellence” and offer it for $17,800 in a limited and numbered edition of 200 pieces. The timepiece comes in a handmade miniature LV trunk in the iconic Monogram canvas.
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For the tenth anniversary of Objets Nomades, French Maison Louis Vuitton brings the new lifestyle collections to the stage of this year’s Salone del Mobile at Garage Traversi.
This year, Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection turns 10. Born in 2012, the line dedicated to lifestyle and home offers a limited edition in collaboration with world-famous designers like Atelier Biagetti, Barber & Osgerby, Campana Brothers, India Mahdavi, Patricia Urquiola, and Raw Edges, to name a few.
The new objects will be the protagonists in the Garage Traversi space for the fifth edition of the exhibition to celebrate 10 years of the Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection in Milan during this year’s Salone del Mobile a.k.a. Milan Design Week
Showcased at Garage Traversi, the furniture and objects exhibition features pieces by 14 designers over a decade. Including over 60 pieces, the collection blends the respective designer’s creativity with Louis Vuitton’s ‘Art of Travel’ philosophy. From a parakeet green sculptural couch to outdoor tables and more, the collection is complete with every item thinkable to elevate one’s home.
Additionally, the Milan exhibition unveils five new pieces. Atelier Oï reveals the Belt Lounge Chair, Belt Bar Stool and Belt Side Stool. The Campana Brothers introduce a new four-seater version of their Bomboca modular sofa. Completing the new pieces is the Cosmic Table by Raw Edges.
Furthermore, the French luxury brand is showcasing the Nova House by architects Michel Hudrisier and M. Roma for Studio Rochel. A testament to nomadic architecture, the ‘living pod’ was designed in 1972 and boasts an aluminum-alloy strip-covered steel frame with two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom.
The Louis Vuitton Objets Nomades collection and Nova House are on display now until Sunday, June 12, at the Garage Traversi in Via Bagutta 2 in Milan. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.
French Maison Louis Vuitton presents the new edition from the Les Parfums Louis Vuitton line, inspired by the Middle East. Fleur du Désertis launching just before Ramadan 2022.
Having explored the olfactory culture of the Middle East since 2018, Les Parfums Louis Vuitton now make a new stopover. Following ‘Ombre Nomade’, ‘Les Sables Roses’, ‘Nuit de Feu’ and ‘Pur Oud’, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud composes a tribute to three native Middle Eastern flowers that over the centuries have become emblematic of perfumery all over the world: jasmine, a symbol of beauty from the Far East to the Mediterranean; orange blossom, which has been used in the region since Antiquity; and rose, one of the most famous varieties of which originated in Damascus.
For the fifth opus in this collection, Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer wanted to capture these natural wonders in their original setting: gathered in a ‘nectar of flowers’, they blossom at the heart of a rich and resolutely sophisticated oriental composition. More than a perfume: a signature.
In the desert, everything is magnified. This theater of extremes has fascinated and inspired stories since the dawn of time. Its immensity invites us to dream even further. Despite its hostile environment, the desert conceals spectacular wonders. Unforgettable emotions…
Amid the expanse of sand, a touch of color catches the travelers’ eye and makes them stop in their tracks. A corolla of petals. The unexpected presence of a plant in a vast, mineral ocean. At once fragile and strong, this flower has braved the omnipotence of the elements to express a beauty that is all the more sumptuous. It is life that springs forth against all odds, foiling the impossible. A miracle, poised at the boundary of reality and magic.
From his many visits to the Middle East, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud carries in his memory striking contrasts. Arid dunes skirting the sea. Scorching days succeeded by freezing nights. A sumptuous palace rising from the heart of the desert, an architectural treasure breaking the monotony of sand like a mirage. To compose Fleur du Désert, he immersed himself in the ‘absolute beauty’ of an oasis with lush vegetation, encountered during a morning walk in the Saudi Arabian desert not far from Jeddah.
Moved by the power of such life defying the aridity of the landscape – an ‘eminently optimistic symbol‘ – Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer captured the image in a colorful signature brimming with contrasts. The delicacy of a bouquet of fresh flowers, exalted by the depth of an oriental trail.
Jasmine, orange blossom, rose: originally from the Middle East, these three flowers became emblems for Western perfumery. “They were brought to Europe by caravan from different regions in the Orient”, explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. “My idea was simply to stage these natural wonders in their original setting”. Directly inspired by the history and origins of perfumery, ‘Fleur du Désert’ celebrates the essential contribution of the Middle East, the birthplace of this millennia-old art.
I didn’t want an oriental accord in the Western sense of the term, but rather one that truly speaks of the culture and beauty that are unique to that region.
Jacques Cavallier Belletrud
The Maison’s Master Perfumer selected the finest qualities of these flowers that he knows by heart as they are redolent of his native region: Grasse. Two essences obtained by supercritical CO2 extraction faithfully reproduce the scents of the fresh flowers at the center of his composition: Grandiflorum jasmine, tinged with the honeyed accents of orange blossom absolute, emanates its delicately radiant scent, while the Centifolia rose reveals the sublime softness of its petals. This precious bouquet is an ode to the art of perfume, enveloped in an oriental accord with original tonalities of spices and honey.
Oud Assam, also known as ‘black gold’ a treasure of Middle Eastern perfumery — expresses its unprecedented olfactory richness through an exceptional essence, distilled for two centuries by a family of producers in Bangladesh who have become the exclusive supplier to Louis Vuitton. Woody, animalic, spicy, amber… its deep scent is rounded by a honeyed note that responds to the suavest facets in the floral bouquet. Touched by a whisper of cinnamon, warm as the desert wind, this opulent trail embraces the skin with the sensuality of Ambrox, then melts into the naturally musky softness of ambrette seed. Enveloped in precious ingredients, this ‘nectar of flowers’ reveals its absolute sophistication as the hours pass… Fleur du Désert can be worn alone or layered with others from the collection.
Introduced with Ombre Nomade in 2018, Les Parfums Louis Vuitton‘s tribute to Middle Eastern olfactory culture is not limited to its ingredients, nor to its territories of inspiration. Fragrance after fragrance, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud reaffirms the connection between his personal creative process and Middle Eastern perfumery, which share a singular love for textured, sophisticated fragrances. The son and grandson of perfumers, he observes that ‘truly great perfumes have olfactory imprints that are distinctive and instantly memorable’. In a word: they are signatures.
Guided by this conviction from his earliest creations, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has naturally developed a strong affinity with lovers of Middle Eastern perfumery. Through this collection, he reveres the culture and curiosity that drives them to explore all olfactory families, well beyond the clichés to which Western perfumery sometimes confines them.
What defines a ‘Middle Eastern’ perfume is not a question of notes, in my opinion it is rather a matter of textures and complexity. Undeniable elegance and presence.
Jacques Cavallier Belletrud
With the perfumes in this Middle Eastern-inspired collection, the French Maison offers a palette of vibrant blacks that capture the colors of the desert and the multiple nuances of its mysteries. Crafted in precious glass that appears black at first glance, the Maison’s iconic perfume flacon reveals a deep, intense cast when touched by light. Fleur du Désert reveals pinkish reflections evoking the sumptuous hue of a freshly bloomed flower. Like the desert surrendering its most beautiful secrets to those who know how to look…
Louis Vuitton Fleur du Désert is available as a 100 ml (€320, In-store refill €190) and 200 ml Eau de Parfum (€495, In-store refill €380), at selected Louis Vuitton boutiques and from their website.
Introducing LVandNike. Created and crafted in a collaboration between French Maison Louis Vuitton and Nike for the Spring-Summer 2022 Collection by Virgil Abloh, the Nike ‘Air Force 1’ fuses the iconic sneaker’s classic codes with the insignia and materials of the Maison. The collaboration is a symbol of the hip-hop culture that inspired the Men’s Artistic Director and is an authentic celebration and union of Abloh’s worlds.
On January 26th, 200 limited-edition pairs will be auctioned by Sotheby’s, where all proceeds will benefit The Virgil Abloh™ ‘Post-Modern’ Scholarship Fund which supports the education of academically promising students of Black, African American, or African descent. Stay tuned for more. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.
With travel at the heart of its history French Maison Louis Vuitton updates its Aerogram collection, which was initially launched last year, by introducing the Messenger Voyage and three new colors this year.
As always, the Aerogram collection blends the Maison’s heritage of travel with distinct modernity. While the collection’s leather goods offerings embody craftsmanship and nomadism, its sharp lines and contemporary detailing are designed for everyday elegance. Like the name of the collection, it is inspired by the aerogram, a folded sheet of paper that can both be a letter and a stamped envelope.
Launching in three new colorways this year, the travel accessories boast a new plain grey, bright orange and midnight blue. Each of the pieces’ shoulder strap, embossed logo and luggage tag are coordinated in the same tone to create an elevated accessory ready to add an edge to any outfit. Staying true to the collection, the silhouette of the pieces echoes the distinct shape of the envelope.
Seasonal classics like the Messengers bags, backpacks and Keepall bags and pouches are joined but yet another contemporary and practical piece, the Messenger Voyage, which is inspired by the iconic Pochette Voyage. With an adjustable shoulder strap, zipped front pocket and customizable cardholder, the bag is ready for any kind of travel.
The Louis Vuitton Aerogram collection is front and center with a new campaign. The advertisement stars are Valentine Caron, Fernando Cabral, Kohei Takabatake, and Leon Dame. Thurstan Redding photographs the models as they board a train in style.
Louis Vuitton’s Aerogram collection of men’s leather accessories is available at Louis Vuitton Boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.
LVMH just announced the very sad news that their designer and close friend Virgil Abloh has passed away, on Sunday, November 28th, of cancer, which he had been battling privately for several years.
We are all shocked after this terrible news. Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, he was also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom. The LVMH family joins me in this moment of great sorrow, and we are all thinking of his loved ones after the passing of their husband, their father, their brother or their friend.
Yakymour would like to express its deepest condolences to Virgil Abloh’s family and loved ones in this moment of sorrow.
Harmonious tempos. For Spring-Summer 2022, French Maison Louis Vuitton introduces a selection of bags that include both reinterpretations of icons and new models. Watch Nicolas Ghesquière present his latest collection live at 7 pm (CEST) on Louis Vuitton.com
Louis Vuitton accessories are available at Louis Vuitton boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.
French Maison Louis Vuitton comes to Lima. The Maison’s first-ever boutique in Peru is now open at Jockey Plaza. Clients can explore the latest collections, including leather goods, accessories, shoes, fragrances and much more.
Les Parfums Louis Vuitton, a journey dedicated to men, delving into the heart of their instincts for freedom and their pioneering sensibility. Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud has created exceptional fragrances that pay homage to the adventurer on a quest for self-revelation. These singular compositions capture breathtaking discoveries and evoke a masculine energy right on the skin’s surface, without clichés or caricatures.
Five years in the making. For his latest men’s fragrance, Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud creates an unprecedented attraction between sensual amber and majestic black tea.
French Maison Louis Vuitton launched a new fragrance in their masculine line of Les Parfums Louis Vuitton. A collection which is designed to inspire feelings similar to those we have about travel: the desire for adventure and escape from the mundane. The new fragrance ‘Imagination’ tries to evokes the atmosphere the beauty of the Italian landscape that wakes up in the early morning hours.
Like earlier editions, Imagination was created by the Maison’s in-house perfumer, Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. He created this fragrance in his studio, Les Fontaines Parfumées, in Grasse. The master-perfumer wanted to reinterpret the beauty of the amber note in a new way, free from nostalgia.
He used the ambrox molecule in combination with citrus fruits from Italy, such as Calabrian bergamot and Sicilian orange. Spices are added, such as ginger from Nigeria and cinnamon from Ceylon, extracted with CO2. The spirit of a journey is captured by a note of black tea from China, also Co2 extracted.
Louis Vuitton Imagination is available as 100 and 200 ml Eau de Parfum, as well as in travel size format at Louis Vuitton Boutiques and selected stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.