Moca’s Takashi Murakami Exhibit Collaborates with Louis Vuitton

The art and the fashion world are colliding at Moca’s (Museum of Contemporary Art) Takashi Murakami Exhibit. According to WWD, Louis Vuitton will open its latest “store” in downtown Los Angeles on Monday, October 29 when the Museum of Contemporary Art presents a Takashi Murakami retrospective, the most comprehensive collection yet of the artist’s work, comprising about 90 pieces. The Louis store will include new limited edition items, such as the Hands Neverfull tote (available in three sizes, from $875 to $965), coin purses ($250) and agendas (small and large, for $500 and $700). (Oct 29, 2007 – Feb 11, 2008)

“The idea came from MOCA’s chief curator, Paul Schimmel, who said, ‘You were the first to put art in the store; I want to be the first one to put the store in the art,’” said Carcelle. “What artists like Takashi do inspires us, and we, in turn, inspire them. He wanted to pay homage to the work we’ve done together.”

The company said it has created enough merchandise to last until the close of the exhibition on Feb. 11, but it might not be taking into account the number of fashion fans in Los Angeles who have been planning to buy the items for months.

“Murakami’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton is unique in the annals of fashion,” said MOCA director Jeremy Strick. “And he is unique among artists in that he wants to occupy every point in the spectrum. Here is someone who has created numerous limited edition objects with mass appeal that sell for very little, and at the opposite end, has paintings and sculptures in the most prestigious galleries in the world that sell for seven figures.”

I could care less about the Louis store, which I happen to think is genius and mildly superficial in the hottest way, but I cant wait to see this exhibit!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Watch the Marc Jacobs video on the callabo and a special preview of part of Takashi Murakami’s new animated films!!

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Have A Green Holiday! Barneys New York Joins The Green Revolution

This holiday season every Barneys New York store—from Madison Avenue to the brand new store in San Francisco—will encourage Barneys customers to “Give Good Green”.

“The Green movement has produced a surge of creativity in the design community,” explains CEO Howard Socol, “we are anxious to introduce our customers to this new wave of sustainable luxury.”

The Barneys Green holiday program will include:

● Green-themed holiday windows at Barneys stores nationwide, designed by creative director Simon Doonan, featuring “Rudolph the Recycling Reindeer”, “The Twelve Green Days of Christmas”, and “The Heroes of Green” paying homage to everyone from Al Gore to Wangari Maathai. In addition to the Green windows, Barneys stores will feature children’s paintings of “Mother Earth”. These one-of-a-kind artworks are for sale with proceeds to benefit regional charities.

● A recyclable Barneys New York “Have a Green Holiday” shopping bag.

● Limited edition Barneys New York Green gift cards with slogans such as “Green is Groovy” and “Join the Green Revolution”.

● An extensive offering of Green gifts, accessories and fashion for men, women, and children.

● A Green-themed holiday catalog containing “gorgeous Green gifts, sensationally sustainable swag, and environmentally conscious tchotchkes of all descriptions.”

A percentage of sales from a significant number of featured Green products at Barneys will benefit environmental charities such as The Climate Project, The Natural Resources Defense Council, and amfAR. In addition, Barneys New York will support the American Forests Organization with a commitment to plant twenty-five thousand trees. “There is a new feeling in the air, says Barneys fashion director Julie Gilhart, “the issue of global warming has made our customers more socially conscious even when buying luxury items.”

“Our motto is ‘Taste, Luxury, and Humor’,” says CEO Howard Socol, “we thought it was time to add a little charm and levity to this important issue.”

Press and Photo Courtesy of Barneys New York

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