Louis Vuitton and Sotheby’s are set to auction of 22 special Artycapucines bags from June 28th to July 12, the proceeds from which will be donated to a range of charities and non-profit organizations.
Each contribution comes from the esteemed Artycapucines collection. Beginning in 2019, the Artycapcucine initiative pays homage to the classic Capucine bag. With a name meant to honor the brands origins, the Capucine was named after the Rue Neuve-des-Capucines, the street on which Louis Vuitton first opened its doors. More recently, this classic bag was meticulously reproduced to create the perfect canvas for 24 artists from all over the world. Each bag is an expertly crafted piece that showcases the stylistic integrity of the Vuitton brand while encouraging creative expression. The bag itself is a sentimental reflection of the designer’s legacy that makes this donation all the more special.
Coveted for their unique designs and limited quantity, the bags are valued as works of art and are the perfect addition to any collection. Artists such as Amélie Dertrand, Urs Fischer, Alex Israel, Liu Wei and many more have contributed to the impressive collection. The fusion of art and fashion has been a core principle of the brand since Gaston-Louis Vuitton, grandson of the empire’s founder, began the practice of commissioning pieces from artists for store fronts.
The 22 Artycapucines bags displayed in this collection will be sold alongside a monogram-covered Louis Vuitton Boîte Chapeau Hat Box. First designed by the Maison in 1924, the design is an iconic piece of Louis Vuitton history, as the boxes will be “signed” by the contributing artist of each bag as the freedom of expression is seen with a wide ranging interpretation of what a “signature” constitutes as each box is just as unique as the bag that accompanies it.
To honor both the artist and the legacy of the designer brand, each artist has hand selected an NGO to donate the proceeds to. Organizations such as UNICEF, the Public Art Fund in NYC, and many other extraordinary groups, have been chosen as recipients of these donations. These contributions will bring relief and spread awareness for issues concerning suffering nations and disadvantaged communities.
Sotheby’s has long been a treasure trove of incredible works of art and history. Today, the art house continues to find new ways to work with independent artists and designers. With the bags set to be displayed in Sotheby’s Paris headquarters on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré from July 1-5, the exhibition with Louis Vuitton is a first for the Sotheby’s Handbag and Accessories department. A noble cause that goes beyond an appreciation for the arts, the donations from these sales will have an impact far beyond the walls of the auction house and stand to help a great number of people.