Following recent successful collaborations with artists such as Jeff Koons, Stephen Sprouse, and Yayoi Kusama, Louis Vuitton has now joined forces with talented illustrator Grace Coddington. The Parisian maison’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière and the fashion industry veteran have teamed up on a limited-edition capsule collection of leather goods, accessories, shoes, and ready-to-wear for the label’s Cruise 2019 collection, which is directly inspired by Coddington’s love of cats. Indeed, her well-documented penchant for felines comes only second to Karl Lagerfeld‘s — Coddington without her beloved pet Pumpkin is like Lagerfeld without Choupette.
The collaboration was first unveiled at Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2019 French Riviera show at the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. The first item — silk pajamas emblazoned with Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram and adorned with illustrations of Coddington’s cats, Pumpkin and Blanket, as well as Léon, Ghesquière’s dog— even surfaced on the runway. Entitled “The Catogram”, the offering, which will be available to purchase on November 2, also includes cat and dog-shaped luggage tags and clutches with detachable chain straps, silky separates, combat boots, sneakers, and lambswool blankets all peppered with Coddington’s hand-drawn sketches of playful cats, mice, and canines.
It’s not the first time the legendary Vogue contributor, who dedicated an entire chapter in her memoir to cats, has worked her pets into her designs. In 2016, the talented illustrator launched her first perfume for Comme des Garçons, which came in a glass bottle with a custom cat-shaped cap derived from her own sketches. Coddington also joined forces with Ghesquière on a similar capsule back in 2012, during the designer’s Balenciaga tenure. The animal-lovers collaborated on a limited-edition line of totes and scarves featuring fashion illustrations hand-drawn by by the US Vogue creative director that depicted her cat Pumpkin modeling iconic Ghesquière for Balenciaga looks from the past decade.
Click through the slides below for a look at some of the pieces from the Louis Vuitton x Grace Coddington “Catogram” capsule collection.