Alex Israel Rides the Wave of Artist Collaborations with Louis Vuitton

The French luxury firm taps the Los Angeles-based artist for a capsule line.

Louis Vuitton and Alex Israel textile collection. Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton.

Alex Israel is not just an artist, he’s a self-titled “brand”—a term that is amplified by his many collaborations with some of the biggest fashion labels, including Rimowa, Freeway Eyewear, and Vilebrequin. His latest venture is with Louis Vuitton, which imbues the Los Angeles native’s signature beachy aesthetic on a new textile collection that was unveiled at “Louis Vuitton X,” an exhibition at 468 North Rodeo Drive that showcases 160 years of the company’s artistic partnerships.

Comprised of eight styles, the capsule line takes inspiration from Israel’s “New Waves” and “Sky Backdrop” paintings, along with his “Desperado” sculpture, with the images cast on blankets, bandanas, shawls, and scarves. The results are signature Israel: a vivid color palette resembling a Los Angeles sunset on forms that evoke the city’s relaxed nature. The collection follows the artist’s design for the packaging of Louis Vuitton’s Les Colognes Perfumes, released earlier this year, and the brand’s ArtyCapucines bag, which enlisted five additional contemporary artists—Sam Falls, Jonas Wood, Urs Fischer, Tschabalala Self, and Nicholas Hlobo—to reimagine the carryall.

View of interior atmosphere during "Louis Vuitton X" opening in Beverly Hills, California. Photo courtesy of Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Louis Vuitton.

As the exhibition shows, Louis Vuitton has a long history of collaborations with artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Stephen Sprouse, Yayoi Kusama, and others on a number of special-edition products. And with Alex Israel, the company found an ideal brand partner to highlight its artistic endeavor in Los Angeles. To wit, he is the most recent, but he certainly won’t be the last.

The Louis Vuitton-Alex Israel textile collection is available at select Louis Vuitton stores.

Louis Vuitton and Alex Israel textile collection. Photo courtesy of Louis Vuitton.
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