Collaborations have became an expected part of modern fashion, and though there was once a time when such a partnership was rare, it's in large part thanks to French design House Louis Vuitton that such collections have become the norm.
Easily considered a pioneer of modern collaboration, Louis Vuitton has long since been accustomed to sharing its design process with someone else, as since its inception the brand has worked on various capsule collections and partnerships, beginning with the brand's special order service back in the early 1900s when the brand would produce one of a kind goods for the who's who of society.
The brand has successfully produced a slew of collaborations over the years, and while we've already discussed a favorite we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the 5 most popular brand partnerships to come out of the House, as few luxury brand's have carried out collaborations with such ease as Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton x Supreme
Back in 2017, Louis Vuitton released a truly groundbreaking collaboration with American streetwear brand Supreme. The partnership between then LV menswear designer Kim Jones and Supreme was one of the most hyped and coveted collaborations of modern fashion. The collection debuted at the brand's men's runway show and featured a host of items. Classic Louis Vuitton Epi leather bags in Supreme's iconic red and white logo print were some of the most highly coveted pieces from the collection as well as Monogram patterned RTW. This collaboration was noteworthy not only due to its success, but also because it opened the door for other partnerships of its kind, not just at Louis Vuitton, but at other luxury brands.
Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami
Wildly popular at the time of its release as well as today thanks to the vintage and archival revival boom, the Louis Vuitton and Takashi Murakami collection first debuted on the brand's spring 2003 runway. Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami partnered with Marc Jacobs, who was at the helm of the brand's women's collections at the time, reimagining the brand's classic monogram print in a, now iconic, bold colorful palette. The bright hues sat atop either a white or black coated canvas and bags from this collection became a go-to choice for early 2000s stars such as Paris Hilton and Jessica Simpson. The artist would continue to collaborate with the brand over the years, releasing a handful of other collections such as the popular Cherry Blossom Collection as well as the Cerises Collection.
Louis Vuitton x Richard Prince
For spring/summer 2008, Marc Jacobs called upon American artist Richard Prince to collaborate on a collection for the brand. Prince, who is renowned for both his paintings as well as his work as a photographer, reimagined classic Louis Vuitton Monogram print into a beautiful dreamy watercolor motif. Though the collection did feature other designs such as Prince's Monogram Jokes bags, which featured cheeky phrases atop a muted monogram print, his most coveted work with Louis Vuitton was his Watercolor Aquarelle Speedy.
Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama
In 2012, Louis Vuitton was already widely known for its relationships within the modern art community, so it came as no surprise when the brand announced its partnership with Yayoi Kusama. Joining the roster of highly-successful collaborations under the reign of creative director Marc Jacobs, polka-dot enthusiast Yayoi Kusama reimagined many of the brands iconic bags such as the Speedy, Neverfull, Papillion, Lockit and Pochette Accessoires into colorful, abstract works of art. Monogram Canvas and Monogram Vernis bags were emblazoned with bold dot prints in contrasting colors.
Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse
Last but not least, one of the brand's most beloved collaborations, and a favorite of many Louis Vuitton collectors, was a partnership with late-artist Stephen Sprouse. Originally released for spring/summer 2001, the collection featured a made-over graffiti Monogram print created by Sprouse and creative director Marc Jacobs. Jacobs then resurrected the iconic print in 2009 as way to honor the artist who passed away from cancer in 2004. While the graffiti line was reintroduced then as well, Jacobs also chose to introduce bags based on the sketch of a rose that Sprouse first drew in 2001. The collection was, and still is, one of the brands most successful collaborations to date.