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BACK FOR SECONDS: Louis Vuitton’s LV2 Collection
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton
07.06.2021
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
Louis Vuitton's 'LV2' collection is a creative collab between Human Made's Nigo and Virgil Abloh
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Hunting for that next big fashion collab buy is perhaps one of those troubles you can do without. After all, there’s already one on-going collection to speak of that insiders know all too well that it is worth the time and dime. This particular collab, which was first launched last summer, now has a proper sequel to call its own (and even better for those who missed out on the first run entirely). A creative dialogue between multi-disciplinary creator Virgil Abloh and founding father of modern day streetwear Nigo, the LV2 collection – the numeral is pronounced as squared – is launched under the illustrious Louis Vuitton banner which the former full-times for. And you can hatch a good bet that some, if not most, of these pieces will be auction-grade come a decade’s time (shhhh, keep it between us). That’s because even you know it’s not every day that two star designers at the peak of their game have decided to come together to make wares for the betterment of fashion, culture, and friendship, which in the broader sense of it all means this is a fashion time capsule for the ages. That said, this new LV2 line-up is more personal than the previous effort as Nigo’s homeland of Japan is at the core of its moodboard and inspo. What is interesting is that Nigo’s upbringing was informed by British subculture which is evidenced by the mixture between ‘50s and ‘60s western wares and a so-called “Japanese sensibility” in the output. For example, a cruiser bag features a small scarf knotting detail that ties in the idea of furoshiki wrapping cloths. Or a large summer tote bag has an origami-like construction as a detail. Classic menswear pieces also feature this intertwining of cultures and ideas with the belt of a navy wool coat referencing the obi, a tailored jacket featuring a wrap structure, and shirting also playing up the kimono inspo. Those familiar with Nigo’s Human Made label will be glad to see the continuation of playful animated motifs in the series too including the tiger, duck, and red heart (as well as a new combined branding coined Louis Vuitton Made). These playful symbols are expressed creatively in the form of buttons and stripes with the hopes of fashioning a new iconography in the process such as the drip-shaped fabric as seen in previous releases that have become an unofficial centrepiece of this collab. And if you remember those oversized check patterns that played a key role in Louis Vuitton tailoring for a good part of the last year, LV2 has reworked checks into a postage stamp-like pattern as a continuation of them toying with an often rigid menswear staple. There’s plenty more symbolism to unpack with each piece but that’s also why this passing of torch-esque collab will still be talked about decades on.

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