Louis Vuitton has partnered with American artist Jeff Koons in a collaboration that's sure to become a collector's edition
There's a rather grand tradition of Louis Vuitton working with some of the most respected and visionary contemporary artists of our time. From memorable neon-bright collaborations with Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami to pop-tastic collections with Richard Prince and Cindy Sherman, over the years the maison has invited some of the art world's biggest names to reinvent its uber-famous monogrammed accessories and bags.
And after the 2014 opening of the Frank Gehry designed Fondation Louis Vuitton in the house's hometown of Paris, this symbiotic relationship between LV and art has only grown stronger. So it's with a ton of fanfare that we introduce the luxury label's latest collab: Masters, a range of bags and accessories created by American artist Jeff Koons. While you may know him as the artist behind those giant, balloon animal installations, it's his other iconic body of work - the 'Gazing Ball' creations which you'll see on the bag and accessories range.
Based on a series of large-scale reproductions from some of art's most recognisable masterpieces (think: da Vinci, Titian, Rubens, Fragonard and Van Gogh), Koons' appropriated works have been carefully reproduced across a number of Louis Vuitton's classic bags such as the Speedy. Keepall and Neverfull. Bearing the name of each artist, as well as a reconfigured LV monogram with Jeff Koons' initials (a first for the house), the bags invite us to reconsider the way classical and infamous works of art are perceived in today's context. Check out the range in the gallery above.
The Masters collection is the first stage of the Louis Vuitton and Jeff Koons collaboration. The bags and accessories will be available from April 28.