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Louis Vuitton City Bags


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Marc Jacobs is the creative director for Louis Vuitton and designer for the Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs lines. Florence Muller is a curator, fashion historian, and associate professor at the Institut Francais de la Mode. Takashi Murakami is an artist based in New York and Tokyo.


"This volume-which comes enveloped in a richly hued marbleized cover-takes sociology of fashion seriously, tracing the development of Vuitton's trademark bags through "a system mimicking the scientific classification of plants and animals"...interviews with Vuitton collaborating artists, vintage paparazzi shots, and fun packing lists round out the book." ~Vogue

"City Bags
examines the century-long development and manufacture of the iconic lines that helped make the handbag a fashion staple for modern women...the authors and illustrators of this handsome volume, bound in buckram canvas with a swirl-paint print, trace the rich genealogies of Louis Vuitton staples..." ~Surface Magazine

In Rizzoli's latest luxury monograph, the creation and evolution of Louis Vuitton's legendary handbag line gets a jolt of intrigue, thanks to a clever conceit: each bag is treated like a species all its own, classified and categorized with scientific precision." ~V Magazine

"This book delineates the genealogy of the Vuitton bag, with stops along the way to show amazing photos of vintage Vuitton bags, complete with travel stickers. There are terrific images from vintage advertising dating back to the beginning of the 20th century." ~WWD

"By the end of the book, your appreciation for LV bags will be so high you may find yourself drawn to your nearest boutique to admire the craftsmanship in person." ~Lucky Magazine

"No matter what you call it, Louis Vuitton City Bags is nothing short of remarkable in its detail paid to every single style, permutation, and generation from this fabled brand. The book takes a genealogical approach with how and why each handbag evolved and is amazingly illustrated with renderings that look like family family trees as well as photographs. Louis Vuitton City Bags leaves no stone unturned and really might be subtitled "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a Louis Vuitton Bag and Didn't Know You Needed to Know (But You Do)." Without exaggeration, the creators have compiled facts, drawings, data, and history that are usually afforded to the categorization and authentication of antiques or fine jewelry rather than mere handbags. One must assume that LVMH does not look upon a Louis Vuitton bag as just any handbag bit as a slice of their long and revered history." ~New York Journal of Books

"I certainly won't look at a handbag in quite the same way now that I have read this amazing publication. This certainly is a great book to give as a gift...and one which will form the centerpiece of any fashion fan's collection." ~PoliticalStyle.com

"City Bags
combines a unique, appealing approach to almost a scientific play on iconic shapes. The first comprehensive taxonomy of Louis Vuitton's City Bags, a range of women's handbags that date back to turn of the 20th century." ~Trouvaillesdujour blog

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