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Takashi Murakami collaboration with fashion house of Louis Vuitton lasts for many years and he has made plenty of bags and accessories, books and outstanding cartoons for LV.  His influence on the style of Louis Vuitton is unbelievable.

This year collaborations finds another way of expression which is totally Murakami's style, but I doubt whether it is style of Louis Vuitton. Takashi Murakami has created Plush Panda figure for Louis Vuitton.

As Takashi Murakami says the Japanese will love it. I'm sure they will, but what about others? I think it's cute though it's not something associated with Louis Vuitton.

It exists in two sizes - the big one as a real toy and the little one for your mobile phone or bag.


It comes out with the certificate of authenticity and in a classical Louis Vuitton cotton-bag, but this time the bag is covered by Murakami's paintings. The little one comes in a paper box and with metallic identity pendant.


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Jul. 30th, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
The panda was also a part of a 2005 collection and it sold very well all over the world. His image was painted on the bags though this seems like more of an accessories/novelty collection. It's cute for sure but I don't know that I would spend my money on a plush instead of just going for an actual LV bag or small accessory with that image painted on it a la 2005, you know?
Aug. 1st, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
I know about that and actually has one of those wallets, wasn't impressed though..
still this plush toy costs around $5000
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
Murakami Takashi is a brilliant artist.
His theory on pop art and commentary on popular culture is really interesting.
In Japan, the LV monogram bag is so common that just as common as a school uniform. It lost any special meaning. I think that Murakami's deliberate choice to design for LV is genius.

I think collaborations with artist and designers are great. Like Jeff Koons with Stella McCartney, etc.
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:01 pm (UTC)
such collaborations are oustanding and considering Murakami I just love his bags for LV, but I don't realize the influence of panda-toy on Louis Vuitton brand's image..
the thing is that such things are great in Japan which is for me the most progressive country trying to experiment with the style all the time :)
Jul. 30th, 2009 02:20 pm (UTC)
I bought a bag with what I think is the same character a couple of years ago--it's really cute, though I don't think I'd want to buy a plushie just because of it is. The bag kicks some serious ass, though ^^
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
I had a wallet and it didn't actually worked for me..
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on your style. I've got an indie/bohemian+Audrey Hepburn thing going on and the bag fit quite nicely with the rest of my clothes. Plus, I've always been a sucker for eclectic pieces.
Jul. 30th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
At first, they scared me.
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Jul. 30th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
I own the small purse from the 2005 collection (I believe). I adore it and get tons of compliments on it whenever I use it. The panda is cute but I have to agree that I'm not sure if I would associate that with LV or not. It's still really cute though! :)
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
the image of panda is cute but the plush toy is just more of it for LV..
Jul. 30th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
I LOVE the hell out of these:) <3
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
they are pretty..
Jul. 30th, 2009 11:54 pm (UTC)
Those are so adorable!
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
they are pretty but not the LV type in my personal view
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:22 am (UTC)
Lol I like the little box more than the toy!
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
Jul. 31st, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
I think it's very cute and adorable, but, personally, not my style-- especially when it comes to designer product. I'd rather have something sophisticated and chic as opposed to really cutesy.
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
that's what I thought about it.. it is not the LV style and for me LV is just the classical brand for me
Jul. 31st, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
naww its cute! it's good to see big brands collaborate with other artists and sorta add pop culture into it!!
Aug. 1st, 2009 12:05 pm (UTC)
collaboration is great and experiments are great I just don't see Louis Vuitton here
Aug. 1st, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)
I love his work and the toy is cute but I agree with you, when i see it i just dont think LV.
Aug. 1st, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
so cute! But doesn't look like LV. The background mural in the first picture is interesting, too--is it by the same artist(just wondering?)
Aug. 1st, 2009 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's adorable. Japanese pop culture has been booming everywhere in the world, so this should be quite welcomed.
Aug. 2nd, 2009 05:36 pm (UTC)
I have to have it.
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
it's cute but i wonder how much it cost. xD
and thanks for adding me! =)
Aug. 3rd, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh my god! The plushies are so cuuuuuuuuute !!!
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