Annie Leibovitz, Damien Hirst and others create luxe travel bags for good cause
Monday 05 October 2009
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Red Cross, French luxe label Louis Vuitton has commissioned contemporary artists to create one-off pieces to be auctioned off at London's Sotheby's in November.
Working with the brand's iconic leather workshop in Asnières, just outside Paris (in business since 1859, another 150th birthday), celebrity chef Ferran Adrià, photographer Annie Leibovitz, musician Gustavo Santaolalla, painter Damien Hirst, fashion designer and Louis Vuitton's creative director Marc Jacobs, and family heir Patrick-Louis Vuitton all designed leather trunks and bags in line with the label's aesthetics.
Leibovitz chose to create a practical leather backpack, while Hirst designed a black trunk and Jacobs opted for a dog carrier (the designer owns two bull terriers).
The Sotheby's auction will take place on November 17 with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Up to then, the items will be on show at exclusive viewings all over the world.
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