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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.

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