LOUIS VUITTON’S COLLABORATION WITH JEFF KOONS IS MADE FOR ART LOVERS

Now is your chance to wear da Vinci on a designer handbag. By Erica Gonzales

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Louis Vuitton’s latest collaboration is with New York-based artist Jeff Koons. The collection, titled Masters, consists of handbags and accessories designed with iconic works by Leonardo da Vinci, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Honoré Fragonard and Vincent Van Gogh.

The capsule is inspired by Koons’ “Gazing Ball”series, where he reconstructs iconic pieces of art paired with a metallic gazing ball in the front, giving the a viewer a new perspective on the artwork. “You’re able to have a larger life with with more breadth to it,” Koons explained in a video.

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For the handbags, he took a similar approach. The leather (with a painting printed onto it) acts as the canvas, and the metallic nameplate acts as a reflective gazing ball.

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“I would hope that when somebody walks down the street with this that what they’re doing is, they are really celebrating humanity,” he continued. “I hope somebody that sees the bag can emotionally feel this connectivity.”

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“I believe that these bags are art,” Koons says. Literally. The capsule includes Vuitton Speedy bags, chain bags and Palm Springs backpacks embellished with paintings like da Vinci’s Mona Lisa or Van Gogh’s “A Wheatfield with Cypresses.”

The LV x Koons collection drops in select Vuitton stores starting on April 28. See all the pieces now on louisvuitton.com.

#LVxKoons Art, life, humanity and beauty: Jeff Koons on his collaboration with #LouisVuitton. Learn more at louisvuitton.com

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This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.

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