louis vuitton's iconic takashi murakami collaboration is over

Back in 2003, Murakami and Marc Jacobs created the bag every reality TV star had to have. 12 years on, it's being discontinued.

by Isabelle Hellyer
21 July 2015, 9:05am

Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson and Nicole Ritchie all had it, paired perfectly with their Juicy Couture velour tracksuits. With the help of Japanese artist Takashi MurakamiLouis Vuitton's Multicolore handbags became the must-have accessory of 2003. Murakami's take on the brand's signature was stamped across wallets, duffles and handbags. The accessories went on to define an era where Newlyweds reigned on reality TV and Paris and Nicole remained bffs.

The collection was first released back when Marc Jacobs still helmed Louis Vuitton. In his time, Marc also teed up collaborations with Yayoi KusamaRichard Prince and Julie VerhoevenNicolas Ghesquière has since taken over the label, which is now discontinuing the multicolore print and focusing once more on the logo's original warm tan colouring.

This isn't all bad news. Murakami's ties to the fashion world certainly haven't been severed. Just last month the Japanese artist teamed up with Vans to drop a collection of shoes, tees and skateboards. Speaking with i-D, Murakami described his latest experience as much more laid-back than the last "At Louis Vuitton, with Marc Jacobs, we communicated over email, I sent Marc 70 or 80, images, and he chose one or two... but this time Vans said yes to everything!"


Text Isabelle Hellyer
Photography courtesy Louis Vuitton