Louis Vuitton’s man in charge of menswear, Kim Jones, back in January introduced a collection unmatched by his contemporaries for men’s bags. Bag line included oversized Lockit, a new camera bag and a shaved V shearling crumple-topped tote – and was also the richest Jones has presented so far.
Inspired by his travels to the Himalayas and Bhutan, Jones created 2031/2014 menswear line with Himalayan decorative arts. Jones trekked to the only place in the world where tigers and snow leopards live alongside each other (hence that snow leopard pattern).
“A collection is often an actual journey for us; it comprises what you take with you and what you bring back both physically and mentally from the experience. This season involved travelling to the Himalayas for research and it was the mountain Kingdom of Bhutan that still had that mystery surrounding it; it was almost a fantasy idea as well as a real place. Backpacking has not ruined Bhutan – you have to be invited there – and it feels so exotic, almost from another time. It is the only place in the world where snow leopards and tigers cross paths and that is one of the reasons why the snow leopard became a chief motif in the collection,” Kim Jones explained.
Motifs in the collection is the creation of brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman, at the request of Jones. Chapman brothers have drawn a new work called ‘Garden in Hell’ that was eventually fully revealed on bags.
“I sat down with Jake Chapman and we talked through the idea of a ‘garden in hell’,” Jones said. “This was the phrase Diana Vreeland famously used to describe her apartment. It was something we both responded to, that and all of the unusual animals to be found in the Himalayas.” The motifs also appears in this seasons textiles, shoes, accessories and bags.
Shearling Cabas Haut – Size: 15.7″ x 9.4″ x 15.7″ – Color: Taupe – Price: approx. US$6200
Garden in Hell Tuffetage Sac Weekend – Size: 21.6″ x 11.8″ x 17.7″ – Color: Rouge – Price: approx. US$21,500
Taurillon Lockit Voyage – Size: 18.5″ x 9.8″ x 14.5″ – Colors: Noir, Gold – Price: approx. US$6400
Shearling Sac-A-Dos – Size: 15.7″ x 10.2″ x 23.6″ – Color: Navy – Price: approx. US$10,600
Garden in Hell Tuffetage Cabas North-South – Size: 17.7″ x 7.8″ x 21.2″ – Color: Bleu – Price: approx. US$21,500