Continuing Louis Vuitton Week, we present five street culture pieces inspired by the French fashion house.
Clearly, design is a two way street, and as Picasso’s notorious axiom goes – “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” While Louis Vuitton certainly maintains a close oversight of brands infringing on copyrighted materials, on a handful of occasions we’ve witnessed cheeky – and possibly illegal – appropriations from street culture entities like Stussy and Supreme. As a followup to our recap of 10 Louis Vuitton pieces inspired by streetwear, we now flip the script to examine the ways that street culture has taken inspiration from Louis Vuitton.
Supreme is Ordered to Cease and Desist
After dropping a Louis Vuitton-themed collection in 2000 that included skate decks, bucket hats, stickers and more, infamous New York-based label Supreme was hit with a cease-and-desist order from Louis Vuitton. The full collection never saw the light of day, however, images can still be found on the web.
Stussy Merges Themselves with the Monogram
Considering the close bonds that tied together Stussy and Supreme in their earlier days, it’s not overly surprising that the Stussy crew also tried their hand at a Louis Vuitton appropriation in the early 2000s. Albeit, Stussy didn’t completely rip the monogram print, rather they tweaked it to incorporate Stussy branding. Still, this piece today is extremely rare.
Antonio Brasko Imagines a Luxury Spray Paint
Designer Antonio Brasko conceptualized a number of high-fashion paint cans in 2013 and amongst his creations was this Louis Vuitton x Montana spray can. We can assume that Louis Vuitton didn’t entirely approve of Brasko’s project, however as it was only an art concept, no legal action was taken that we know of.
Zevs Gives the Monogram a Colorful Street Art Makeover
Street artist Zevs took a jab at the famed fashion house with his dripping multicolor monogram canvases. The dripping theme is a signature approach used by the French graffiti artist across numerous other works in his portfolio. Signed and numbered prints were available for a short time, and Zevs’ large-scale dripping monogram installations were even toured through parts of Europe and Asia.
Dank Customs Merge Streetwear and High Fashion
Sneaker customizers Dank Customs cooked up this Yeezy-inspired Air Jordan 4, complete with monogram detailing on the midsole and a branded patch on the tongue. The colorway was taken from Kanye West’s line of Louis sneakers, specifically the color scheme of the Don sneaker, and we have to say the outcome is pretty on-point. The creatives behind JBF took the collaboration a step further when they presented the “Red Don” inspired by the Kanye’s aptly titled “Red October.”
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