Vuitton in Bhutan

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Photography Rebecca Voight

Published March 22, 2013

Louis Vuitton’s search for the ideal traveler’s wardrobe took Men’s Studio Director Kim Jones far and wide for next fall/winter: from mountaineering in the kingdom of Bhutan to the red lacquer living room Diana Vreeland affectionately referred to, back in the day, as her “garden in hell.” Jones enlisted British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman to envision LV’s own hellish garden (complete with snow leopards). More fantastical beats from Bhutan folklore appear throughout the sartorial elements of this collection, notably on orange suede travel bags with a wool pattern in “tuffetage,” an old European tapestry technique that punches through the suede to form a carpet pattern. After that, LV takes mountaineering to the heights of luxury in teddy-bear shaved shearling; a coat made from the leather of a single hide; down jackets made in soft reindeerskin, which is particularly resilient and practically stainproof; floppy sherpa knit caps with stick pins for LV by Strephen Jones, leather climbing rope belts; and mixed yarn sweaters with a touch of yak.