Statement arm candies are a must-have in our books, and if you’re looking for something that works as a conversation starter, then it’s time for you to check out the latest ‘Artycapucines’ collection by Louis Vuitton that launches today, both in store and online.

Named after the Parisan street, Rue Neuve des Capucines where the first Louis Vuitton store opened its doors to the public in 1854, this is the third series of the artist-designed collection which was first launched in 2013. For this release, the brand collaborated with six well-known international artists, namely Donna Huanca, Gregor Hildebrandt, Huang Yuxing, Vik Muniz, Paola Pivi and Zeng Fanzhi to give the timeless and feminine ‘Capucines’ bag a creative twist. Out of the six new bags that are being introduced today, below are our top picks and everything you need to know about the designer and concept behind each masterpiece.

‘Capucines’ by Donna Huanca

Photography: Louis Vuitton

“I’m always drawn to images that remind me of the beach and waves, hence why I was drawn to Donna’s ‘Capucines’ design. However, what came as an eye opener was how the design was based on paintings – Cara de Fuego and Muyal Jol – that inspired the artist to further investigate about its connection with the female body. Drawing inspiration from that, Donna carefully used paint-based tactile effects which were 3D printed onto the bag’s leather before three embroidery techniques were used as the base of the masterpiece. But it didn’t stop there as the embroidery was selectively hand-painted to echo the layering effects of her brushstrokes and give the blue and white a deeper textural depth. For the final touches, Taurillon leather is used to seal the metal LV signature and on the bag’s strap while metal hoops that hold the handle were chosen to complete the bag as they resemble oversized body piercing rings. I must say, everything about this bag screams women empowerment and I’m all for it!” – Vasenta Selvanayagam, Digital Content Producer

‘Capucines’ by Huang Yuxing

Photography: Louis Vuitton

“I’ve never been much of a splash-of-colours kind of person but this design by Huang Yuxing is an exception. As a reworked version of his ‘The Colossus Hidden Deep in the Hills’ painting, this intricately embroidered piece really brings the depth of the mountains to life while the colours add a vibrant touch against the grey-and-white background. Printed onto white-grey leather and then embroidered with grey thread to add perspective to the canvas, the rainbow-like mountains were created using tufting-stitch embroidery, after which accidental paint drops were reproduced using point bouclette embroidery in metallic thread and woven into the tufting. Major love!” – Rachel Dulis, Content Marketing Executive

‘Capucines’ by Paola Pivi

Photography: Louis Vuitton

“I’ve always had a thing for leopards, which was why I was immediately drawn to Paola’s ‘Artycapucines’ design. Not only does it symbolise bravery, but it also motivates me to keep fighting and moving forward in everything that I choose to do. Drawing inspiration from Paola’s 2007 work, One Cup of Cappuccino Then I Go, the visual of the leopard is embroidered onto smooth leather before it’s overprinted to create a fur-like look and feel. In addition to that, the visuals of more than 30 cups and saucers in porcelain-like patent leather and frothy tops of cappuccino were also included as part of the bag. Made from delicate gold-coloured lambskin and gilded with real gold leaf, the bag comes with two practical safari-inspired pockets on the front with shiny metal press-stud closures engraved with the brand name. In a nutshell, the bag is a constant reminder of how I should be looking at things positively instead of from a very generic angle.” – Angela De Souza, Associate Marketing Manager

‘Capucines’ by Vik Muniz

Photography: Louis Vuitton

“The moment I laid my eyes on Brazilian artist and photographer, Vik Muniz’s creation, I was instantly attracted to the BB-sized ‘Capucines’’ playful charms and trompe-l’œil effects. And how could I not? Inspired by Vik’s 2019 series, ‘Quasi Tutto’, the bag showcases a delicate arrangement of small cut-out paper objects (154 of them to be precise!) that are colourful and striking – and totally my style! Some of them hold a special place in my heart – like the sunnies, stiletto, plane, mannequin, lips, dinosaur, coconut tree and cocktail glass, to name a few, and Vik has also brilliantly included the iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram flower into the mix. Each of them has been added using embossed inkjet printing or inlaid using marquetry techniques and made from reused Heritage leather from the House’s workshops, which is in line with Vik’s environmentally responsible artistic practice. While the exterior of the bag is made of white leather, the interior comes in a sunny yellow, which makes the bag exude joy even at a glance!” – Yang Mei Ling, Chief Editor

The Louis Vuitton ‘Artycapucines’ collection is priced at RM39,500, and only 200 pieces of each design will be available. Pick your favourite(s) here.

Featured image: Louis Vuitton

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