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Wearable Art

Art and fashion are both subjective topics, no one piece or collection will be to the taste of everyone. However, wearable art gives someone the opportunity to express their individuality through what they wear.

XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS NEVERFULL
XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘HEY GOOD LOOKIN’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS NEVERFULL PM

In 2016 we began our collaboration with Rocky Mazilli, the artist behind ‘Year Zero London’ creating bespoke hand painted pieces. We used our staple pre-loved Louis Vuitton monogram handbags and accessories as the canvas for these designs; It seems only fair to say the prestigious French fashion house has a number of memorable collaborative collections which helped to inspire our own collection. Reece Morgan our head of handbags at Xupes worked closely with Year Zero to pull together designs that would cater to a wide audience including the LGBT community, Feminists and even the Kardashians!

These creations are completely original and one-offs with no two alike. So instead of choosing colour as a differentiating factor, next time when purchasing a designer handbag, consider a customised piece of wearable art which will not only set you apart from the crowd, inspire conversation and opinion.

HAND-PAINTED 'SICK OF IT ALL' XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON POUCH
HAND-PAINTED 'SICK OF IT ALL' XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON TOILETRY POUCH

Several collections inspired us to make this bold move. Stephen Sprouse is a great place to start, this iconic designer and artist teamed with house Vuitton in 2001 demonstrating his signature style concepts Graffiti and The Rose. The collection was so well received largely to do with its distinct street style edge and undeniable punch of punk.

XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘ZAP THEM WITH SUPER LOVE’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS
XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘ZAP THEM WITH SUPER LOVE’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS NEVERFULL PM

Sprouse left behind a legacy that the fashion world was not yet ready to lay to rest, in 2008 Marc Jacobs paid homage to the visionary. With the idea to ‘deface the classic monogram’ reborn was a collection of Neon graffiti in the artist’s signature style. Our ‘Momager’ Alma PM deservedly ended up on the top shelf of Kylie Jenner ’s renowned personal handbag wardrobe where it currently resides today. 

Yayoi Kusama’s collection with Louis Vuitton is for the fashion fearless, it is vibrant and of course, covered in Infinity Dots.

HAND-PAINTED 'GET THIS MONEY' XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON
HAND-PAINTED 'GET THIS MONEY' XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON TOILETRY POUCH

Unveiled in 2012 this was one of Vuitton’s most successful collaborations to date, and roughly a long six years in the making. The Japanese artist enthralled Marc Jacobs with her contagious energy. If you are a pop art enthusiast this collection really is a perfect fit for you. Who wouldn’t want to carry a collectible piece designed by a now 90-year-old feminist? 

XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘SATAN LOVES ME’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS
XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘SATAN LOVES ME’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS NEVERFULL PM

A more recent collaboration is Jeff Koons X Louis Vuitton. ‘The masters’ fashion history was made with this collection, and I am sure I’m speaking on behalf of us all when I say it was truly a shock to see the Mona Lisa printed on canvas and ready to wear as a handbag - but absolutely genius. Rubens, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Titian, and Fragonard were all used for the first capsule of this collection whilst the second features the likes of Manet's Luncheon On The Grass.

XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘OWN YOUR POWER’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS NEVERFULL
XUPES X YEAR ZERO LONDON HAND-PAINTED ‘OWN YOUR POWER’ BROWN MONOGRAM COATED CANVAS NEVERFULL PM

Challenging opinions is part of our growth as a modern society, pushing the boundaries has always been a key factor in the ever-changing world of fashion.

‘Own your power’- add to basket!

Shop our full collection of Year Zero bags here.