THE CAPUCINE CLASSIC
It’s undeniable that Louis Vuitton possesses a long lineage of exemplary handbags, since the French luxury fashion house was founded in 1845 by the French designer – Louis Vuitton, this malletier has gone on to design what are widely regarded to as ‘classic’ handbags or rather must-haves in a fashion fanatics luxury handbag collection. A few of which have been labelled classics consist of the Speedy, Petite Malle, Twist and most notably the Capucines.
The Capucines is the perfect handbag to showcase what it means to seamlessly blend practicality and timelessness, with its spacious interior and separate compartments being just a couple of commodities that make this bag so lovable. Its detachable strap can be worn both crossbody or over the shoulder, allowing you the space to express your personal style.
HOW IT BECAME A STAPLE PIECE
We would first be introduced to the Capucines at Louis Vuitton’s Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, only a mere year before the then Creative Director, Marc Jacobs, would step down after sixteen unforgettable years at the luxury maison. The well-known bag itself was named after the street where the label began its deep-rooted history on, Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. Since then, the Capucines has become the ultimate staple piece, despite being debuted only a decade ago.
The question many still ask to this day is why the Capucines has continued to be such a talking point within the fashion industry and its sheer individuality, when compared to the vast majority of handbags designed by Louis Vuitton, might just be the answer you’re looking for. Unlike its predecessors that showcase the long-time loved logo-mania, featuring Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogrammed flower motif – the Capucines heads down a more minimal route with its only forms of logo on display being a metal interlocking ‘LV’ and a single monogram flower motif placed strategically on the flap of the bag, which can be adjusted to be placed inside or outside of the bag.
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About the LV x YK Capucines Bags
Inside LV x YK signature
Snap hook to secure contents
Inside zipped pocket with pumpkin-shaped pull
4 protective metal base studs
The strap is removable although non-adjustable (Strap drop: 42.0 cm)
Baby Bandoulière – 27 cm length, 18 cm height, 9 cm width
Moyen Modèle – 31.5 cm length, 20 cm height, 11 cm width
Black with silver-colour hardware and white with silver-colour hardware
Taurillon bull calf leather with a 3D Painted Dot print and cowhide-leather lining.
SHOP THIS LOOK
SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH KUSAMA'S EYES
It seems as though the Capucines handbag isn’t the only one celebrating a decade of individuality and artistry this year as Louis Vuitton has returned alongside Japanese contemporary artist – Yayoi Kusama for their second collaboration – marking the 10th anniversary since the French luxury label and Yayoi collaborated back in 2012, and this time the duo are striving to create a fresh creative encounter, reawakening and evolvement through its Cruise 2023 collection.
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Yayoi Kusama’s exhibition in Selfridges 2012.
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Fortunately enough, Yayoi Kusama isn’t known exclusively for her brilliant red bob, intense glare and round sunglasses. The Japanese contemporary artist is known widely for being one of the most significant artists to come from Japan in addition to being one of the world’s top-selling female artists. Her symbolic work focuses on sculpture and installation and is inspired by feminism, minimalism, pop art and abstract expression. It’s widely known that Yayoi has inspired the likes of Andy Warhol, who too would become known around the globe for his visual and pop art pieces.
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Reminiscent of Louis Vuitton and Yayoi’s previous collection in 2012, the pieces which range from ready-to-wear to accessories and are adorned in the Japanese artist’s signature motifs. Although this time, offering a whole new perspective with metal dots (which have been applied one-by-one), infinity dots and psychedelic flowers in addition to Yayoi’s trademark multi-coloured dots which the Capucines has been beautifully adorned in. The paint brush-like strokes have been designed through an innovative serigraphy technique, showcasing a realistic hand-painted 3D effect.
Not only are you purchasing a handbag you can truly have fun and play around with, but you’re investing in a wonderful art piece.