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STEPHEN SPROUSE AND LOUIS VUITTON

A new collection of handbags, featuring motifs inspired by Stephen Sprouse, will be launching in Louis Vuitton stores January 15th.

The release of Louis Vuitton’s new collection of handbags, inspired by Stephen Sprouse released as a tribute to Sprouse, who died in 2004 due to lung cancer.

With a revisit to Marc Jacobs’ past collaboration with the artist, the bag will feature signature Sprouse aesthetics – neon, graffiti, and the use of roses.

Jacobs explained the new release to British Vogue, saying: "I tried to use the things in Stephen’s vocabulary, and give the collection the shape, silhouette and styling that Stephen would have done when he was at the top of his game," Jacobs explains. "It really is a complete homage, and a complete combination of what is Louis Vuitton, and what is this legendary icon, and then what are the icons and the lasting aesthetics that Stephen left in the fashion world." 

Louis Vuitton will be donating an unkown sum to the National Academy of Design’s Stephen Sprouse Scholarship Fund in memory of Sprouse, as well as to mark the collection’s debut.