Behold bag fanatics, as what follows is everything you need to know about the Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons ‘Masters’ collection. From styles to availability to prices – I’ve wrapped everything up for your convenience.
The collection derives from Koon’s recent Gazing Ball show, which presented repainted versions of iconic artwork from Da Vinci, Rubens, Titian and Van Gogh. Highlighting five key pieces, the emblazoned “gazing ball” (a large, glass bauble) featured in the show translated into striking coloured handles and a subdued metallic monogram.
So, let’s take a look at the options available…
The Da Vinci Mona Lisa is an obvious favourite and makes it’s mark on a variety of classic Louis Vuitton models – Speedy 30, Neverfull MM, Keepall 50, Chain Bag, Montaigne MM, Palm Springs, Bag Charm, Zippy Wallet, Wallet on Chain, Clutch, Monogram Shawl and Silk Square. Handbag prices range from £1,680 to £2,800 – which is roughly between 3-2 x the price you’d expect to pay for the monogram canvas versions.
Given the lack of pastels in my wardrobe, I immediately sought out Rubens as a potential from this collection, however the garish hue of the blue straps would have clashed with every other item in my wardrobe. Available in Neverfull MM, Keepall 50, Palm Springs, Zippy Wallet, Clutch and Bag Charm.
Last up is Van Gogh. Another potential favourite, this one manages to seep it’s way onto 10 x different Louis Vuitton styles, including Speedy 30, Neverfull MM, Keepall 50, Montaigne MM, Palm Springs, Zippy Wallet, Clutch, Monogram Shawl and Silk Square. Unfortunately again, whilst the print and monogram embellishment is immaculate, it’s the strap hue that lets it down.
THE COLLECTION IRL
My verdict? As much as I’m swayed by model influencers like Natalia Vodianova and Chiara Ferragni, this is one collaboration I won’t be buying into. The concept and premise showed so much promise but I couldn’t help being disappointed with the end result. I also have a feeling that this is one that won’t be liable to stock-outs, so don’t rush into your purchase.