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In an age where almost every major city has been data-mapped and where the touch of a button will enable a plethora of choice (each selection then reviewed by countless others), true luxury becomes the ability to lose oneself in the unadulterated delight of discovery.
In taking the path less tread, the joy of travel once again becomes an experience that cultivates the spirit. For the well-travelled Kim Jones, Artistic Director of Menswear at Louis Vuitton—his own personal journey informs the collection intimately.
Jones’ ability to translate into an effortless sartorial dialogue the freedom and the headiness of escape, the energy from being constantly on-the-go, has found an exceptional voice in his SS17 collection for Louis Vuitton, which weaves in the exotic with the familiar, and presents us with unexpected renditions of what we think we know well.
Cotton and polyester, wool and mohair pullover, cotton and polyester trousers, and cotton canvas sneakers, all by Louis Vuitton.
A soft, woollen blanket becomes an essential travel companion that keeps you warm and protected, even as it serves as the perfect finishing touch for your outfit. Raw punk elements vie with luscious silk shirts and kudu-hair shoes, while jackets and coats tread the line between utilitarian and elegant with finesse.
The classic LV Monogram also welcomes two new iterations—the Monogram Savane Ink and the Monogram Savane Dune—both based on the blueprints of the toile that was trademarked in 1896. The iconic Louis Vuitton Steamer bag, the first soft travel bag, is reinterpreted as a backpack, while heritage styles drawn from the archives, such as the Randonnée bag, are given a completely distinctive look with specially created artwork in collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artists Jake and Dinos Chapman.
The collection is a return to roots for Jones, while being, at the same time, an assertion of identity.
Photographs by Ronald Leong, Styling by Eugene Lim
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