New Clas­sic

Bathed in his­tory and dressed down in sim­plic­ity – here’s why we love the Louis Vuit­ton Ca­pucines.

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY GOR­DON NG

Ca­pucines PM in Mag­no­lia Tau­ril­lon leather with han­dle in nat­u­ral ay­ers; wool mini skirt; and cash­mere and wool sweater.

There’s a lot of po­ten­tial in the Ca­pucines be­com­ing a modern clas­sic be­cause it is a de­sign state­ment against brash and overt dis­plays of brand­ing. The un­der­state­ment en­cap­su­lates the at­ti­tude of lux­ury to­day: qual­ity and dis­cre­tion. Its name harks back to the birth­place of the Louis Vuit­ton Mai­son (rue Neuvedes-ca­pucines) in 1854. His­tory’s a good place to start be­cause the el­e­gant Ca­pucines bag, though un­der­stated, in­cor­po­rates nu­mer­ous el­e­ments of fine leather goods-mak­ing. Over 250 in­di­vid­ual hand­crafted pro­cesses go into the bag: leather spe­cial­ists scru­ti­nise and se­lect only the most even and smooth of hides; the edg­ing is hand-fin­ished in four lay­ers with a time-con­sum­ing air-dry­ing and heat­ing process to en­sure strength; and the bag is hand-sewn with sad­dle stitches – though ma­chine-con­sis­tent and pre­cise, the ar­ti­sans’ ex­per­tise en­sures the stitch­ing is al­most in­vis­i­ble. Here, we chat with Kar­lie Kloss who stars in a spread show­cas­ing the Ca­pucines bag in its myr­iad colours and fin­ishes.

Kar­lie! You’re pretty much the su­per­model of this gen­er­a­tion. How did you get your start in this in­dus­try?

I was dis­cov­ered at a char­ity fash­ion show in my home­town of St. Louis as a young teenager. I hadn’t thought about a ca­reer in fash­ion, but I quickly fell in love with the cre­ative and col­lab­o­ra­tive na­ture of the in­dus­try.

Do you re­mem­ber your first show?

Def­i­nitely, it was Calvin Klein dur­ing New York Fash­ion Week – the ex­pe­ri­ence was sur­real. I had such an adren­a­line rush and I spent ev­ery mo­ment on the run­way just fo­cused on not trip­ping.

You’ve been in the in­dus­try a while now. What do you think of fash­ion nowa­days?

It’s been great to see stan­dards of beauty re­con­sid­ered lately and be more in­clu­sive. Our fash­ion, style and lives are much more beau­ti­ful when we cel­e­brate di­ver­sity.

What are you en­joy­ing these days – apart from fash­ion?

When I’m not on the road, I like tak­ing cod­ing classes, bak­ing with friends, and bik­ing around the city. I travel so much for work that any time I’m home, it’s nice to just kick back, re­lax, and catch up with every­one.

The un­der­state­ment of this col­lec­tion en­cap­su­lates the at­ti­tude of lux­ury to­day: qual­ity and dis­cre­tion.

Any up­com­ing projects we should be look­ing out for?

I’m very ex­cited about my Kode With Klossy ini­tia­tive! We’ve cre­ated a sum­mer camp to teach young women how to code and I can’t wait to see the cre­ative cod­ing projects they come up with. It’s go­ing to be a lot of fun!

Ca­pucines MM in black Tau­ril­lon leather, han­dle in nat­u­ral ay­ers; tweed bomber jacket; cash­mere and wool turtle­neck; denim pants; and metal Skin rings.

Ca­pucines MM in Black Tau­ril­lon leather with white braided leather edges; silk em­broi­dered blouse; lamb­skin kilt skirt; and glazed calf­skin boots.

Ca­pucines BB in black and white braided leather; cropped knit top; silk em­broi­dered blouse; silk pants; glazed calf­skin boots; and metal Skin rings.

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