Enduring prestige

Louis Vuitton launch a mega retrospective in Tokyo, tracing its peerless history and Japanese ties
By Lewis Firth | Fashion | 25 April 2016

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Louis Vuitton‘s new retrospective opens this week in Kioicho, Tokyo (the same locale where the brand opened its first store back in 1978). Archival material — some from the brand’s founding members’ dating back to 1854 — to present-day creations from Kim Jones and Nicolas Ghesquiere will be encompassed in the curation.

’Louis Vuitton has always been at the forefront of creation and innovation,’ Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton, stated, ‘[…] Constantly taking inspiration from our past we craft the trends of today. Olivier Saillard [exhibition’s curator] has immersed himself in the Louis Vuitton archives to decode its secrets. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future.’



Thematically arranged into ten sections, the exhibition focuses on historical points of interest, dedication to craftsmanship and collections of trunk designs and other memorabilia, dandyism, the label’s long association with travel, the label’s conception and, of course, an entire section dedicated to Vuitton’s ties with Japan, including Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama, will be included.

Offering a 360 view of the storied maison, this exhibition traces the ins and outs of Louis Vuitton’s inimitable cultural impact and enduring aptitude for innovative design. Pack your monogrammed bags and head East.


April 23rd–June 19th 2016. 5-1-3, Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0083, Japan.

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