Louis Vuitton’s Coquille d’Oeuf Minaudiere
Even within the rarefied world of the couture bag, Louis Vuitton’s Les Extraordinaires remain something of an event. This season’s collection – new takes on LV classics in soft, feminine pastels – is especially desirable, but the undisputed showstopper, the Coquille d’Oeuf Minaudiere is, as its price would suggest, in a class of its own. The exterior of the bag is made with 12,500 pieces of eggshell, each piece inlaid to form a mosaic
design of the iconic LV monogram. The result
is the sort of delicate, exquisite beauty you’d see
on a museum exhibit.
A minaudiere is a small, ornamental case
and, in spite of its tiny proportions (only slightly bigger than one’s palm),
it takes the artisans at Louis Vuitton’s Asnières workshop more than 600 hours to make each one. Les Extraordinaires are made in very low limited number. Each bag is numbered and
carries a signed Louis Vuitton plaque denoting its season.
Described as “the sublimation of
Marc Jacobs and LV’s collaborative creativity”,
the Coquille d’Oeuf encapsulates Jacobs’ outstanding talents and his remarkable contribution
to Louis Vuitton.
Available to order by special reservation
only and for a limited time, this is one of year’s most covetable items for the bag collector. To acquire one requires connections, patience and a piece, perhaps of extraordinary fortune.