This morning I rose early and endured the first morning frost – not to mention a 1 degree freeze-fest – to preview a very special pop-up in London’s Selfridges flagship store; Louis Vuitton men’s. Situated on the reconfigured ground floor, the space is dominated by a giant, beastly giraffe who is holding a limited edition and exclusive monogrammed holdall from its talon-like tongue.
Inspired by the wilds of Africa – a continent close to men’s artistic director Kim Jones’ heart – with a dark, artistic twist placed upon by the eponymous Chapman Brothers, the unnerving yet playful space is well curated with the pre-collection. Open until mid-January next year, the space will host the Spring/Summer 2017 offering from December 15th, along with a unique denim bar where a range of fits from ‘Regular’ to ‘Slim’ and ‘Slim Stretch’ in dark washes will be offered alongside two new styles exclusive to Selfridges, in the same month.
For me, the stand out pieces exclusive to the pop-up are the zip organiser and tote bag in Damier Ebène coated canvas with hand-painted Zebra. However, the new tonal black and charcoal monogrammed pieces also took my eye; a nod to their heritage but with a very modern, subtle point of view. If you are in the area, this space is a must see and shop; with pieces ranging from small leather goods and accessories to large luggage, shoes and clothing.
FUN FACT: The Swahili word ‘safari’ translates to travel – an excellent link to both the collection’s inspiration but also the heritage of the Louis Vuitton brand.