Louis Vuitton and its creative director Marc Jacobs are paying homage to the late designer and artist Stephen Sprouse (he died in 2004 at the age of 50), by using his wildly successful 2001 collaboration with the fashion powerhouse as the base for a new, limited edition collection of accessories and ready-to-wear pieces.
The collaboration is aptly timed not only because enough time has passed between now and the collection back in 2001 where the monogram graffiti Louis Vuitton print was unbearably omnipresent, but it is coinciding with a Stephen Sprouse retrospective called “Rock on Mars” at Deitch Projects, the 18 Wooster Street gallery from January 8th to February 28th and “The Stephen Sprouse Book” by Roger Padilha and Mauricio Padilha due out from Rizzoli New York on February 1st.
In fact, it was Deitch that first approached Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton about doing something related to the retrospective of the influential designer. Jacobs told WWD that in response he “proposed putting together a Vuitton version of the Pop Shop, which was Keith Haring’s concept…not reissuing products that we had done with Stephen, but doing things that were similar or new.”
The collection will hit Louis Vuitton boutiques worldwide on January 9th. To promote the new collection Jacobs posed in the buff painted in Sprouse-style graffiti and one of the new Louis Vuitton limited edition bags for Harper’s Bazaar’s January issue shot by Terry Richardson.
Jacobs told WWD – “I don’t have a problem taking my clothes off, as anybody who has picked up a magazine in the past year could tell you. I had no qualms or shame about it but knew fully well that any full frontal nudity wouldn’t be appropriate for Harper’s Bazaar.”
As for the collection, two of Sprouse’s signature motifs, the graffiti and the rose, were chosen and interpreted in Sprouse-appropriate Day-Glo shades of pink, green and orange over the signature Louis Vuitton Monogram print. The motifs are featured on LV’s Keepall, Speedy, and Neverfull bag styles, as well as basketball sneaker boots, pumps, sunglasses, headbands and wristbands, and small leather goods like wallets and coin purses. The ready to wear pieces include a macintosh raincoat with a graffiti and monogram lining, graffiti leggings and a long-sleeve neon mini dress featuring the rose design.â€¨â€¨For those who can’t wait until January a website, welovesprouse.com, is set to launch December 15th. â€¨â€¨