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The Anatomy Of A Louis Vuitton

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Ever since I was of an age that I could appreciate and understand Louis Vuitton, I promised myself that one day I would own my very own LV.  Many years later, purchasing my very first Louis was for me a ‘I’ve arrived’ moment.  Fast forward 10+ years and a few LV’s later, the obsession has never waned!  There is never a moment quite as special as purchasing an LV and I’ve now amassed quite a collection – some gifts, some saved for, regardless – each one loved as much as the other.

Now, maybe it’s my love for all things fashionable (admittedly many bags from various brands have been purchased over the years to amount to the size of a handbag store), or maybe it’s my DIY’er side showing through, regardless of which it is, you can appreciate why seeing this bag deconstructed, all the elements compartmentalised into pieces and getting an insight into the process it takes to become its destiny, is quite simply, a beautiful thing.

the anatomy of a louis vuitton

In this ‘Anatomy of a Louis Vuitton’, via crfashionbook, one of the world’s most iconic accessories is deconstructed to tell their story. Accompanied by exclusive imagery, LV shows us exactly what goes into creating the LV Speedy Bag.  Retailing for a cool $6,500, this is the Louis Vuitton Speedy in embossed python…

the anatomy of a louis vuitton

the anatomy of a louis vuitton

the anatomy of a louis vuitton

the anatomy of a louis vuitton

the anatomy of a louis vuitton

The Louis Vuitton monogram has been graffiti’d, Murakami’d, embroidered, fringed, cut, pasted, and collaged in a myriad of fabrics, styles, and eye-popping treatments.

This season, the latest LV must-have speaks its must-haveness at a lower decibel than some of its forebears as the brand emphasizes quality and craft. Take, for example, the new Speedy bag in python, a paragon of handbag production that requires over 400 technical maneuvers in fabrication to realize. The most challenging aspect being, that while each python hide measures up to 8 meters long, they are not very wide, so several skins must be “matched” to obtain perfect symmetry and even coloring. It’s the kind of unparalleled attention to detail that makes an LV an LV.

Photos | Ulysse Frechelin

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