In 2002, at the invitation of Marc Jacobs Japanese designer, Takashi Murakami began his long-lasting collaboration with the fashion brand Louis Vuitton. It was also a particularly savvy business move to use a cult Japanese artist, as an astonishing 94 percent of Tokyo women in their twenties own at least one Louis Vuitton bag – and are always on the lookout to buy another!
He began by contributing artwork which was used in the design of a series of handbags. Though he had previously collaborated with famous designers, his work with Louis Vuitton made him famous as an artist who blurred the line between ‘high art’ and business. After this collaboration, he became a celebrity in his home country of Japan.
The Louis Vuitton Monogram Cerises Line is a limited edition collection released in the 2005 Spring-Summer collection. Murakami wanted to give some freshness and cheerfulness to the iconic Monogram pattern. This print reveals smiling cherries all over the canvas, reminding of Japanese anime happy characters. More than 15 different pigments are used to obtain the bright and shimmery colors of the cherries and their expressions of laughter and surprise. The Monogram Cerises line became a huge success.
This piece was only manufactured in size 25.
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