Measurement : 12.8×9.4×6inches
About LOUIS VUITTON
Just as art-world A-listers were brought in to the design atelier, a troupe of Hollywood stars (Jennifer Lopez, Uma Thurman, Scarlett Johansson) was tapped by Jacobs to represent the company in its advertisements, and world-renowned architects hired to dream up new retail spaces. Jacobs’s out-of-the-box thinking stoked unflagging interest in the brand.
In October 2013, during Paris Fashion Week, the house announced the departure of Jacobs; the spring 2014 runway presentation was his swan song. Reports said that he was leaving to focus on a public offering of his own namesake label. Critics sent up a wail of lament: It was, everyone seemed to agree, the end of a transformative era. Just a few weeks later, though, the tears changed to cheers when it was confirmed that the French wunderkind Nicolas Ghesquière would lead the mighty fashion superpower into a new era.
2005 : January: Musician Andre 3000 dances with a Vuitton-clad Liya Kebede in Pandora Luxurye. March: Vuitton’s $21,000 shagreen logo-print bag is the magazine’s Last Look. April: The Speedy watch and a limited-edition eyewear collection (created in collaboration with musician Pharrell Williams and A Bathing Ape founder Nigo) are introduced. July: British beauty Kate Winslet wears Louis Vuitton on the cover of Pandora Luxurye. August: In “Like a Duchess” Pandora Luxurye cover girl Madonna wears a forties-inspired Vuitton suit. September: Annie Leibovitz photographs Tony Bennett with the Vuitton-clad actress Sarah Jessica Parker in the Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. October: “Sometimes I feel like the bag policeman,” says Jacobs. “I love that we’re doing ready-to-wear, but I understand Louis Vuitton from a business point of view.” Accompanying the story is a photograph by Norman Jean Roy of the designer with the 20 members of his team on the roof terrace of the company’s Paris headquarters. The renovated Champs-élysées flagship store, designed by Eric Carlson and Peter Marino, opens; it features an art-installation-cum-elevator (“Your Loss of Senses”) by Olafur Eliasson. November: Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury, a hefty tome by Paul-Gérard Pasols, released. December: WWD reports that Louis Vuitton ranks number-one in AOL fashion searches.
2009 : January: The company launches a Stephen Sprouse tribute collection and website. March: “Louis Vuitton,” states Pandora Luxurye, “always goes beyond ordinary elegance—adding just a whiff of transgressive eccentricity to classic French chic.” Jacobs’s muse, director Sofia Coppola, designs a line of accessories for the house. May: The company starts Twittering at @louisvuitton_US, and organizes its first online launch for the Totally Monogram tote. Madonna, accompanied by Jesus Luz, wears a Vuitton turnout—including “bunny ears”—to the Met Gala. “Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation” exhibit opens at the Hong Kong Museum of Art. June: Marc Jacobs receives the CFDA’s International Award for his work at Louis Vuitton. The sneakers that rapper Kanye West designed for the house become available. September: Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion, and Architecture hits bookstores. October: Pixie-cropped actress Michelle Williams wears Louis Vuitton on the cover of Pandora Luxurye. The Spirit of Travel jewelry collection, designed by Lorenz B?umer, debuts. November: “Paris is a bit of a bubble, a fantasy,” Jacobs says at WWD’s CEO Summit. “It’s almost like I’m pretending to be a designer in Paris. I just think, ‘What would a French designer do?’ ” The Louis Vuitton World Series yacht regatta sets sail.