Painted sto­ries

Louis Vuit­ton in­tro­duces two new ti­tles to its Travel Book col­lec­tion. By Vin­cent Loh

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Louis Vuit­ton in­tro­duces two new ti­tles to its Travel Book col­lec­tion

It’s not un­com­mon to find our­selves swamped with work and other com­mit­ments, re­sult­ing in the in­abil­ity to con­quer the con­ti­nents like we’ve al­ways dreamt of do­ing when we were younger and more care­free. Thank­fully, for the gen­tle­man who sim­ply can’t tear him­self away from work, Louis Vuit­ton has cre­ated lit­tle es­capades in the form of its Travel Books col­lec­tion.

En­rich­ing the col­lec­tion an­nu­ally with new des­ti­na­tions, Louis Vuit­ton has al­ready pub­lished eight of these books to date, cov­er­ing fash­ion cap­i­tals such as Lon­don and New York, as well as pop­u­lar va­ca­tion spots like Venice and Viet­nam. Each ti­tle holds about 100 to 120 ex­clu­sive vi­su­als that of­fer an artis­tic way of ex­plor­ing cities and hol­i­day havens through the eyes of artists. To that end, the brand con­tin­u­ally en­gages renowned and promis­ing artists to de­pict their ad­ven­tures in un­fa­mil­iar lo­ca­tions through draw­ings, paint­ings, il­lus­tra­tions, col­lages and car­toons.

This May, two new edi­tions, avail­able in French and English, is added to the list: a fresh take on mod­ern life in Paris by Bel­gian comic artist Brecht Evens, and an ex­plo­ration of South Africa by Chi­nese painter Liu Xiao Dong.

As one of the most promi­nent con­tem­po­rary artists in China, Liu spe­cialises in oil paint­ing and works through dif­fer­ent medi­ums, such as cin­ema pho­tog­ra­phy and lit­er­a­ture, to por­tray so­cio- po­lit­i­cal is­sues. In order to fully de­pict South Africa, Liu im­mersed him­self in the tra­di­tion and cul­ture of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, speak­ing to stu­dents, sol­diers, mi­grant work­ers, trans­sex­u­als, reli­gious lead­ers, and restau­rant own­ers to learn more about their lives.

To cel­e­brate the launch of these two ti­tles, Louis Vuit­ton will be hold­ing world­wide book sign­ings and ex­hi­bi­tions of the orig­i­nal draw­ings. The books will be avail­able at all Louis Vuit­ton stores from this month.

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