Annie Leibovitz, Damien Hirst Among Louis Vuitton's Guest Designers


Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz has been acquainted with the house of Louis Vuitton for some time as the brand's chief photog for their "core values" campaign. But now, instead of shooting the likes of Sean Connery and Sophia Coppola, Leibovitz has signed on as one of six guest designers to create some special-order leather goods to be realized by the brand’s master craftsmen at its Asnieres workshop near Paris. Not exactly a girly girl, Leibovitz chose to design a backpack style with various panels to hold all of of her personals and photo equipment. In monogram canvas, the backpack is trimmed in black leather and lined with red, cushioned microfiber compartments.

Other personalities asked to participate included animal installation artist Damien Hirst who ordered a tall black trunk, lined in blue microfiber and containing multiple slim drawers designed to hold surgical instruments for his bizarre pickling exhibits. Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla requested a case for his favorite ronroco, a stringed instrument, Spanish chef Ferran Adrià crafted set of luggage to accommodate everything from spatulas to his chef’s jacket, and Patrick-Louis Vuitton, head of special orders at Vuitton and a fifth-generation family member made a case for all the equipment needed for watercolor painting. Even creative director Marc Jacobs got in on the fun with putting together a travel trunk so his treasured bull terriers, Daisy and Alfred, could stylishly jetset. LV launched this project for the designs to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London on Nov. 17 in aid of the Red Cross as the charity celebrates its 150th anniversary.


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Gustavo Santaolalla's Louis Vuitton trunk


Marc Jacobs' Louis Vuitton doggie carrier

Article and Photo Source: WWD
-Alia Rajput

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