Today’s replica louis vuitton handbags menswear show in Paris was a celebration of the style of New York in all its artistic, eclectic, sybaritic, and liberated variousness. Inspired by the artists and parties that have shone brightly in the city, it was crammed with elegantly expressed underground references. A frayed cashmere and leather herringbone marquetry jacket was informed by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s style: “I love the way he wore very good, expensive clothes and then treated them very roughly,” said menswear artistic director Kim Jones, in a preview. The LV archive illustrations on silk shirting were a nod to disco-era decorative abandon.
One very apparent and very anticipated slice of New York that featured in the show was replica louis vuitton handbags’collaboration with Supreme, the emblematic brand founded there in 1994 by James Jebbia. Shortly before the show, in his studio, Jones explained how it came about.
“It was Michael Burke, the CEO of Louis Vuitton, called me up one day and said, ‘Do you know the people at Supreme because I’m really interested in the brand and I’d like to talk to the founder,’ who’s James Jebbia, who I know. So I said you can get his number off me if we can do a collaboration with them! And we sort of started there. Michael was very into it and very supportive.”
The collaboration has been in development for around a year, Jones said. In his studio the fruits of it were everywhere; from sneakers, backpacks, bags, backpacks, fannypacks, cardholders, and wallets in Epi leather to baseball shirts, pants, and jackets in a mashed-up LV x Supreme monogram pattern on chambray and camouflage. Even Jones’s smartphone is currently housed in an LV x Supreme case. Not everything in the studio, which Jones kindly let us photograph, will go in the show, he said: “We’re going to drop the fake louis vuitton bags in different colors in different places at different times. We’ve been talking with James about that too, of course. It’s about respect.”
He added: “This has taken about a year to get together. And everyone’s thrilled about it. In this world where everyone wants the new, new, new, it’s nice to be able to throw in something that’s completely fresh. Like the Chapman brothers pieces for Spring/Summer—that’s selling out completely. All I’m trying to do is create customer excitement and create things that I enjoy.”