Louis Vuitton continues to entice fans with a second drop of their Louis Vuitton x Nigo LV² collection, happening tomorrow (28 August). LV² is a standalone collaboration between men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh and Nigo.
Nigo is the founder of the brand Human Made. He formerly founded the brand Bape, and co-founded the brand Billionaire Boys Club.
The capsule collection, which is part of the Pre-Fall 2020 season, encompasses ready-to-wear, leather goods, shoes and accessories and features dedicated graphics and interpretations of the Louis Vuitton signatures.
Celebrating the travel-centric core of the house, LV² observes the London Mod-era dandy through a Tokyo lens. The cross-pollination sets the tone for a tailoring-focused collection, evoking chapters in the formative years of Nigo – who found much of his early inspiration in the subcultural history of London – while honing the traditional sartorial values proposed in the men’s Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2020 collection by Virgil Abloh.
Giving a nod to Human Made, the Japanese brand founded by Nigo, the designer updated a flight jacket with the graphics ‘LV Made’ alongside a Mount Fuji graphic. Other adaptations include a cropped Mod suit that magnifies the Louis Vuitton Damier check. The motif is echoed in a double-faced duffle coat with micro-check lining, while a black fishtail parka morphs values from the dandy and sports wardrobes.
Patchworking appears throughout in a meeting between the Louis Vuitton Monogram and the Damier check rendered in denim.
The LV² patchwork is also repeated in bags based on classic Louis Vuitton shapes: the tote, the keepall, and the money bag, adorned with animal charms familiar to the world of Nigo.
For accessories, a formal steel toe-cap derby cements the Mod spirit alongside a tasselled loafer in Monogram. Rectangular sunglasses feature trunk clip detailing while jewellery carries the LV² logo.
For shoes, the Damier check is interpreted in an ankle boot in suede Damier; a hiking boot in sporty Damier leather; a shearling boot in blown-up Damier or in denim; and a mule in the same motifs.
The second LV² Louis Vuitton Squared Collection drops 28th August, 10am, at Louis Vuitton Ngee Ann City, with selected pieces available online on www.louisvuitton.com.