Speculation raised back in December 2019, when Virgil Abloh, Men’s artistic director at Louis Vuitton announced a new capsule collaboration with Nigo (real name Tomoaki Nagao), the renowned Japanese artist, designer and founder of A Bathing Ape and Human Made. Titled Louis Vuitton LV², the collection is a streetwear mega-collab, boasting ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories and leather goods. Across the line, Abloh invited the Japanese designer to reimagine the iconic LV motif in tune with his own bold aesthetic. When asked about the process of working with Nigo, Virgil told Vogue
“We met in his studio [in Tokyo]. He has a completely vertical fashion brand with Human Made. In one building, he designs, does the photo shoot, does the manufacturing. I was impressed by that. We had subsequent meetings in my studio in Paris. They were really hands-on. Our strongpoint is the art direction of the concept. What people might be most surprised by is that for two guys known for streetwear history and ability, the collection is completely the opposite. That was our starting point: Let’s not do the expected. Let’s not put streetwear in a box. That’s the epiphany within the collaboration”
Take a look at some pieces from the collection below and head over to Vogue for the full interview regarding the collection.