Within the season’s selection of ready-to-wear, shoes and leather goods are pieces that showcase the savoir-faire inherent to Louis Vuitton. Distinctive surface details play out as cascades of hand-embroidered beads atop a draped bustier, delicate chains affixed to tweed by hand, and silk gazar pleating realized from four hours of workmanship.
The Cannes bags in canvas, leather and crocodile receive hand-painted treatments, while lining is fastened and hardware is placed by hand on the collection’s must-have minaudière. From start to finish, the Headline shoe with its mix of black leather, white ostrich leather and python represents multiple stages of hand-assembly – the black dots are painted one by one, for instance.
Whether through construction or ornamentation, such effort speaks to traditional techniques upheld today. And to wear or carry these pieces is to show appreciation for the contemporary art of craft.