The most iconic designer handbag in history is the Hermes Birkin bag, inspired by ’70’s beauty, English-French chanteuse Jane Birkin. The limited edition bags go for anywhere from $10k-200k. A British study recorded that the Birkin bag appreciates in value by 14.2% on average each year. This coveted fashion piece is on the aspirational list of every self-respecting fashionista.
However, I want to introduce you to some other designer bags for your wish list, cast in a different image. Each of the artists below created limited edition luxury bags inspired by their artistic practice and crafted in the image of their own ideal beauty.
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Henry Taylor
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Californian artist Henry Taylor is known for his painterly portraits of friends and family. For his 2020 Artycapucines interpretation, Taylor transposes his painting ‘A Young Master’, onto the handbag using both cutting-edge laser printing and traditional marquetry techniques. The work is a striking portrait of his close friend Noah Davis, the late American painter and installation artist and founder of the Underground Museum in LA.
Dior Lady 2019 by Mickalene Thomas
The Third Edition of Dior Lady Art in 2019 featured collaborations with eleven of the best artists from around the globe including Mickalene Thomas. The artist reinterpreted the classic Lady Dior bag in the style of her artwork replete with bright colors and layers of texture in a collage-style application. Beading and black flowers brings together the themes of power and femininity that run through Thomas’ work.
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Tschabalala Self
Artist Tschabalala Self was the only female artist included in Louis Vuitton’s 2019 iteration of Artycapucines. Self composed a deconstructed version of the Louis Vuitton logo using 200 handcut and painted shapes, referencing her artistic practice of cut fabric collage. Only 300 of each limited edition designs was produced.