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Louis Vuitton x Murakami Limited Edition Monogram Multicolor Alma Top Handle Bag

$2,250

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Louis Vuitton x Murakami Limited Edition Monogram Multicolor Alma Top Handle Bag, 2003. This incredibly rare and highly sought after piece of Louis Vuitton history became a worldwide phenomenon when Japanese artist Takashi Murakami teamed up with the Louis Vuitton brand and creative Director Marc Jacobs for a range of exclusive collections. On the Spring/Summer 2003 runway, the multicolor line where Murakami re-imagined the classic monogram logo with a variety of bright colors in his whimsical Japanese designs became an instant cult classic favored by celebrities all over the world. This particular Alma comes in the the iconic "LV" multi color monogram pattern against a white canvas background with dual rolled top handles. Full zip around closure opens to an alcantara suede burgundy interior with plenty of storage for all of your day to night essentials with one exterior zip pocket, interior slip pocket and one cell phone pocket. In good gently used condition with signs of use to the bag listed below. Comes with proof of authentication. Full specifications and condition report listed below. Measures: 12" L x 6.5" D x 9.5" H - Top Handle Drop: 4.5" Condition: GRADE - 3.5. Overall signs of wear to bag are consistent with age and use. Warping to the zipper where handles meet, discoloration and spotting to vachetta on bottom of bag, handles and handle plaques. Hardware shows light signs of oxidation and small scratches to zipper and hardware. White monogrammed canvas exterior is in great condition with no rips or tears. Alcantara lining shows light signs of use and pilling. Year Made: November 2003, France. Material(s): Monogram Canvas Leather, Alcantara lining, Brass Hardware. Grading: GRADE 1: This item exhibits no signs of use or wear and could be considered as new. There are no flaws. GRADE 2: This item exhibits minor flaws and could be considered nearly new. It may never have been used or may have been used a few times. There are only minor condition notes, which can be found in the item’s specific condition report. GRADE 3: This item exhibits visible signs of use. Any signs of use or wear are minor. This item is in good condition. GRADE 4: This item exhibits wear from frequent use. This item either has light overall wear or small areas of heavy wear. The item is considered to be in fair condition. GRADE 5: This item exhibits normal wear and tear from regular or heavy use. The item is in good, usable condition but it does have condition notes.

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  • Brand
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.5 in. (24.13 cm)Depth: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)Length: 12 in. (30.48 cm)
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    Canvas, Vachetta Leather, Brass Hardware
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Banner Elk, NC
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AA1121/299A- NMWX1stDibs: LU1912214514282

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    Ships From: Banner Elk, NC
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About the Manufacturer

Louis Vuitton

The story behind iconic luxury brand Louis Vuitton — best known for its esteemed handbags, crossbody bags, leather goods, ready-to-wear clothing and more — is one of craft and innovation in the worlds of fashion, jewelry and furniture.

The company’s modest origins can be traced back to when its founder, Louis Vuitton (1821–92), wishing to free himself from the conventional lifestyle in his provincial French city of Anchay as well as a difficult stepmother, left in the early 1830s to make a new life in Paris. The young Vuitton was 13 at the time and would need to travel on foot to get to the capital, which was hundreds of miles away. With stops along the way to make money so that he could forge ahead, the journey took a couple of years, but reward was close at hand.

When he arrived in Paris, Vuitton made a living with his hands. He toiled as a box maker and packer for more than a decade and built relationships with royals and members of the upper class while working for the empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. In 1854, Vuitton launched his namesake company. The craftsman opened a humble workshop on rue Neuve des Capucines and advertised his services with a small poster that read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.”

Long before his brand would become known globally for its exemplary top-handle bags and stylish totes, Vuitton produced stackable and rectangular trunks. The most common trunks of the era were round, which weren’t ideal for toting and storing. In 1858, Vuitton debuted his lightweight, handcrafted canvas trunks, which were sturdy, rugged and equipped with convenient compartments. Travel’s popularity broadened in the late 19th century, and Vuitton’s trunks could easily be packed into train cars and ships — upright trunks meant hanging wardrobe storage that would allow his clients to transport their sophisticated garments without worry. Demand increased and the company grew. When Louis Vuitton died in 1892, control of the luxury house was passed onto his only son, Georges Vuitton.

In 1914, a Louis Vuitton store opened at 70 Champs-Élysées. The largest travel-goods store in the world at the time, it became the company’s flagship.

The Louis Vuitton brand embodies all the attributes of luxury, from the craftsmanship, exclusivity and relevance to heritage. It’s only appropriate that it boasts one of the most recognizable insignias — the imaginative interlocking of letters and fleurettes — in the fashion world. The famous LV monogram was first used in 1896 as part of an initiative by Georges to prevent counterfeiting of his coveted new line of travel trunks. It’s one of the earliest examples of fashion branding.

The LV monogram would soon appear on everything from bags and various fashion accessories to alligator-skin champagne cases, from stylish apparel and earrings to teddy bears and airplane models.

On 1stDibs, the unmistakable insignia can be found on both modern and vintage Louis Vuitton shoulder bags, suitcases, original 19th-century trunks, jackets and more.

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