If you went to Google’s homepage this morning and found yourself thinking that the search giant’s new Doodle looked familiar, it might be because you have some of the artist’s work hanging in your closet. (Or maybe because you’re just a contemporary art fan in general.) The logo above, commissioned by Google to celebrate the first official day of summer, was created by famed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, he of the longstanding Louis Vuitton collaboration that all of us know and some of us love.

Some accessories junkies look at certain handbag designs and see faces, but this exhibit by British artist Billie Achilleos takes that phenomenon to a whole new level. Louis Vuitton commissioned several animal sculptures from her made entirely out of Louis Vuitton handbags and accessories to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Louis Vuitton SLG Savoir Faire collection. What Achilleos was able to do with leather goods is amazing (not to mention amazingly adorable), and we’ve got more pictures of her creatures, plus a video of the construction process, after the jump.

Tapping into a recent boom in tourism among affluent Chinese, Louis Vuitton has opened an epic new exhibit cataloging the art of travel at the National Museum of China in Beijing. The presentation, which opened this week, covers the brand’s iconic travel pieces and handbags as well as a historical view of travel from an artistic perspective.

Much has been made over the burgeoning luxury market in China, and this event, which runs through August 30th, is surely a bid to ingratiate Louis Vuitton to a country that has been driving a huge proportion of the industry’s growth.


Jill Sander Floral Print Envelope Clutch, $325 via NAP. Crystal lasers exhibition image via MWM Graphics.

As the old saying goes, life imitates art, and fashion is one of the rare occasions that art and utility combine to form something fantastic and functional.

Going forward, we’re going to be featuring some guest posts by Amateur Couture about the visual intersection of handbags and art, like the similar geometric lines of this Jil Sander clutch and the colorful crystal lasers exhibit photo from MWM Graphics.

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