October 13, 2014

Louis Vuitton’s definitive logo bags—the apex of travel chic—are given a fanciful twist.

The Louis Vuitton monogram—which dates back to 1896—is one of the world’s most universally recognized logos. To celebrate the iconic LV crest, the company invited a handful of architects, artists, and designers to add their own gloss to the house’s patterned canvas bags. The limited-edition results—by Christian Louboutin, Karl Lagerfeld, Cindy Sherman, Frank Gehry, Marc Newson, and Rei Kawakubo—are as eclectic as they are creative. Lagerfeld’s punching bag comes with a giant case that doubles as a clothes closet; Kawakubo punctured her tote with amoeba-like holes. Newson, the multifaceted industrial designer who recently joined Apple, made a backpack with a furry sheepskin topcoat that also acts as a cuddly pillow. “If I ever want to prop it up and have a snooze, I can,” he says. “I design things that fundamentally I would like to own.”

Chee Pearlman is a contributing design editor at T+L.

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