Some of us didn’t have the funds back in 2001 to buy the Stephen Sprouse Louis Vuitton collaborations. We coveted, we schemed, we begged all to no avail. We loved the play on the venerable brand. The bags were, in Marc Jacobs’s words, both “disrespectful and respectful at the same time.” This week, as the Deitch Gallery launches the Sprouse exhibit, several limited-edition pieces of the 2009 collection will be available in Louis Vuitton boutiques nationwide, starting January 9. These new pieces — reinterpretations of the originals — are a tribute from Jacobs to Sprouse and include the artist’s graffiti as well as his monogram roses, all in bright neon colors. “I did my best, in a very first degree way, to do what I think Stephen would have done, or has done, in terms of fashion,” Jacobs said. The collection includes neon patent-leather flats and a zip-locked gym set, along with the graffiti-tagged bags and wallets. Click ahead for a sneak peek at what we’re maxing out our credit cards over.
“Stephen Sprouse: Rock on Mars,” Deitch Gallery, Jan. 9–Feb. 28.