Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama: Monogram Town

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Yayoi Kusama is known in the art world for her obsession with dots. Artistic Director Marc Jacobs approached Kusama to design a limited edition collection for Louis Vuitton that interprets the emblematic and unforgettable works for Kusama. From the second installation of the Yayoi Kusama line, the Speedy Town is covered in particularly striking white dots. This line is very hard to find and sold out in most stores; the Yayoi Kusama collection has been selling for well above retail after market. Retail price was $1220. Due to the rare and limited nature of this bag, the asking price is close to the original retail price.
The exterior canvas is clean and in good condition, with fading throughout and wear in the bottom corner edges . The leather has developed a dark honey patina with water spots and heavy wear present overall . The leather trimming throughout the bag has creasing and slight soiling, furthermore the leather side tab that holds the padlock has started to stretch. The handles have darkened heavily and the glazing has started to peel . The goldtone hardware has started to tarnish and is flaking. The interior is clean and has no visible signs of heavy wear, but there is a faint musk odor present.

A collaboration between Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton’s creative director and the famed Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, whom Jacobs admired greatly. This rare and coveted collection was offered only in one season. Combining the emblematic artwork of Kusama with classic Vuitton handbag designs, the Kusama collection was bright and vibrant. The first series was the Infinity Dots, which showed off Kusama’s love for polka dots.

The second series was a reinterpretation of Kusama’s artwork and her famed polka dots. Known as the “Wave” and “Town” series, these patterns were more abstract and patchwork. Produced in red, yellow, blue, green and white, the silk screened designs were placed over the classic LV monogram pattern on neverfulls, speedys and small leather goods. The effect was urban chic.

The Kusama collection was the only collaboration since 2009, when Jacobs created the famed Sprouse tribute bags. Only one other collaboration – the anniversary series – has been done since this collection debuted.Louis Vuitton limited edition Monogram Green Kusama Town Speedy 30 designed by the Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama.

This bag is made of Monogram coated canvas with a silk screened green polka dot rolling wave pattern, polished brass hardware, vachetta leather trim, contrast yellow stitching, top zipper closure and double rolled handles.