Animal attraction

Beasts of the Serengeti meet the Chapman brothers at Louis Vuitton.

BY editors | Mar 29, 2017 | Fashion

The Amazone bags. Kim Jones: “Associating the African wild animals of the Chapman brothers with the iconic Damier Ebčne canvas was completely obvious. It injects such a cool adventure spirit into this classic Louis Vuitton signature. / ”Damier Ebčne Savane canvas-leather Amazone accessories: lion pouch, rhinoceros bag, zebra bag.

Kim Jones, creative director at Louis Vuitton, is famous for his richly referenced collections and his Spring/Summer 2017 offering makes no exception. Featuring Masai-inspired patterns, jumpers influenced by the colourings on springboks, and accessories crafted from crocodile and ostrich skins, the new collection is inspired by his childhood in Africa. To celebrate, Louis Vuitton this month opens a pop-up store in Selfridges showcasing an exclusive preview of the new collection, including many pieces produced in collaboration with Brit artists Jake and Dinos Chapman. For denim-heads, the store within a store will host a unique denim bar where two exclusive styles of jeans, each with a limited run, will be available alongside the brand’s entire new denim line. Below, Jones exclusively picks his favourite pieces on sale in the new shop. 

1 | The Savane ‘Big Five’ charms necklace

“I wear charms and medals every day, each of them reminding me of travel, or just a nice souvenir.”

Brass-palladium elephant necklace with gold and bronze finish.

2 | The Chapman brothers shirts

“How cool are these short-sleeved shirts revisited by my friends, the great Chapman brothers!”

Navy cotton giraffe print T-shirt with collar, blue elephant print.

3 | The plaid shirt

“Probably my favourite piece, I have been wearing the prototype of this great bleached plaid cotton shirt for months.”

Bleached plaid cotton shirt.

4 | The peacoat

“Classic, timeless and chic, the peacoat is definitely a staple in any wardrobe. You can never go wrong with a well-cut example.”

Navy wool knit panelled peacoat.

5 | The Chapman stole

“The Louis Vuitton stoles are perfectly sized, very light and the cashmere blend brings softness and keeps you warm.”

Navy cashmere-silk stole.

This article was first published in Esquire Malaysia's March 2017 issue.