On the 8th of September 2012 something happened. I became a member of some kind of exclusive club (that may be made up in my mind) one whose members are owners of exquisite luxury designer goods. OK OK let me explain…
When my tax cheque arrived last month, I already knew I was going to splurge but had no idea on what… My shopping expedition was long and nothing grabbed my attention so I wandered into the Louis Vuitton store in the Queen St Mall…I rarely venture into Louis Vuitton, only occasionally to dream about what I might spend lotto winnings on… but today, with a fully loaded bank account I was feeling confident enough to browse around and talk to a lovely lady named Elaine.
I was intrigued by a dotted design that seemed to be another of the design house’s collaborations and asked Elaine what it was all about.
Ever since Louis Vuitton was founded in 1854, the House has nurtured close connections with the world of art. In 2006, Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Marc Jacobs met the artist Yayoi Kusama in Tokyo. Jacobs, himself an art collector, was already an admirer of Kusama’s paintings and sculptures: “Both the innocence and the obsessive nature of her work appeal to me. She succeeds in sharing her vision of the world with us.” The admiration is mutual: Yayoi Kusama, many of whose performances challenge clothing and the human body, has a profound respect for Marc Jacobs’ creativity.
In 2012 Louis Vuitton embarked on a collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, taking – as a starting point for the collection – the notions of obsession and infinite repetition. Leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories, watches and jewellery became the canvas for the artist’s organic and repetitive patterns. In vivid, hybrid colours, Kusama’s signature dots cover the products to infinity, creating all-over effects that play with the endless possibilities of scale, colour and density.
Elaine explained the Kusama suffered from a mental illness and the drawing of circles kept her mind focused…that through her life she had painted the circles onto her own Louis Vuitton pieces unbeknownst to her of a future collaboration.
I don’t know what it was… the spell-binding story, the glimmer of shiny leather adorning the shelves or the feeling of luxury that encapsulates your whole body when you walk in store… but the next words out of my mouth were…. I’ll take this one!
And so I purchased my first piece of Louis Vuitton… my first luxury designer good. The whole experience was amazing. The care Elaine took explaining the piece, the delicate gift wrapping and even walking me to the door to hand over my new purchase and wish me a good day. I tell you what… if I was treated that way in every boutique I’d probably have much more of a credit problem!
And the shine of the purchase is definitely still there weeks later…
Some might find it silly, but I still feel so special every time I take it out of my handbag…even if I am scrounging for that last 10 cents for a coffee!!
The unwrapping process in pictures…