Photography: Yukie Kasuga
The much anticipated Louis Vuitton at COMME des GARÇONS Pop-Up Shop in Tokyo has opened its door on Wednesday night welcoming Japanese fashion editors and local celebrities to get first dibs on the collection. Guests that attended included Junya Watanabe, Kazuyo Sejima (architect), Tao Kurihara (COMME des GARÇONS designer), Ai Tominaga (a host of LVMH brass) and Kris Van Assche (Dior Homme designer). The store opens to public today, 4th September through mid-December. The interiors are true to COMME des GARÇONS' spare aesthetic, with gray concrete walls and an exposed metal staircase. Steel boxes coated in LV-logo gold flock are mounted on the walls of the lower level. Each box features a slit or compartment designed to hold a specific model of the six-piece handbag collection.
The exclusive collection of six one-off bags (click to see full collection) prices range from 78,750 yen, or $726, for a 12-centimeter-tall rectangular bag to 194,250 yen, or $1,790, for the aforementioned duffle. The bags will only be available upon order, which is only to be placed at the Louis Vuitton at COMME des GARÇONS store. No telephone or Internet orders will be taken. After six to nine months, the finished bags can be picked up at select Louis Vuitton stores in Japan.
"Rei really wanted to present Louis Vuitton in a COMME des GARÇONS environment. We kept the spirit of COMME des GARÇONS very much alive with the concrete walls and the concrete floors," Adrian Joffe, COMME des GARÇONS' managing director and Kawakubo's husband, told WWD shortly before the store's opening festivities began. "She wanted to create a brand new environment for Louis Vuitton, something they've never seen, very minimalist and industrial."
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Yves Carcelle with Rei Kawakubo
Yves Carcelle with Junya Watanabe and Tao Kurihara