It has been years since Marc Jacobs last collaborated with an artist for Louis Vuitton, but apparently it has been for a truly valid reason. As if waiting on divine intervention to play its part, Jacobs has found the perfect collaboration partner—and perhaps inspiration—in avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama. We can’t help but think that Jacobs’ third fragrance Dot was more likely the fruit of his admiration for Kusama’s work.
“Her energy is endless, and the painstaking sort of obsession in each canvasses and installations that she’s created, you see this world that never ends,” said Jacobs on what she admires about Kusama. The creative partnership that began the day Jacobs was handed a custom-dotted Louis Vuitton Ellipse bag by Kusama when he visited the artist at her Tokyo studio, will descend at the brand’s 461 stores worldwide on July 10. The first collection arriving two days before Kusama’s work will be on display at the Whitney Museum in New York will feature the Japanese artist’s signature dot motif on coats, shoes, handbags and accessories. A second collection will descend in October, where her “nerves” motif will be highlighted.
Talking about the collaboration, Jacobs revealed that he wished for this collaboration to bring the work of Kusama to the Louis Vuitton audience and bring forth the concept of art and collaborations. “It’s a wonderful thing the way contemporary sort of permeates the environment and changes the environment, and for many people who don’t look at art or go to galleries or maybe they are not aware of Kusama’s work, there will be a new venue, a new place to see this work and to come to appreciate it through the eyes of Louis Vuitton,” added Jacobs.