Kanye West Collaborates With Louis Vuitton

It’s overwhelming. I feel like I’m inside of a dream. Even with all the music awards that I’ve won, to be able to do something so official with the number one fashion house in the world − you know, no Grammy can buy you that.”-Kanye West

He has had a passion for fashion ever since, as a child, he picked out his outfits for kindergarten.He has honed his style on stage as a performer and in the front row at fashion week. Now, the multi award-winning producer and recording artist Kanye West has teamed up with his favourite label to create a collection of sneakers.

With this, one of his first forays into design, Kanye West has not only fulfilled a long-standing personal ambition, but has also brought his own considerable experience to the project. “I think because I’ve worn so many shoes, and had to be on stage and have shoes that were comfortable, and put them with so many outfits, that I’ve become an expert with gym shoes,” he says. “I didn’t want to do a sneaker that just had my name on it. I wanted to put in the proper amount of time and work to come up with something that was inventive.”

The result is a daring and innovative collection that fuses Kanye West’s edgy urban aesthetic with Louis Vuitton’s know-how and craftsmanship. The three styles − executed in suede, calfskin or a patchwork of leathers, and in mostly neutral colours − run the gamut from hi-top to low-top, and are all designed, in Kanye West’s words, to unite “form and function, and look good with a pair of jeans”. All share strong signature details, in particular a high padded heel flap into which the wearer can tuck the back of his jeans, inspired by a space-age jacket in the cult David Lynch movie Dune, and a Monogram flower-embossed outsole which, though sturdy, feels surprisingly light and flexible..

Louis Vuitton Don’s

Don’s, named after Kanye West’s right-hand man, is the rapper’s take on the classic lace-up sneaker. In addition to the padded heel flap, it features a tongue specifically constructed to stand straight up, creating a hip urban look. Previewed in eye-popping red calfskin at Louis Vuitton’s Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 fashion show in January, it caused a sensation on the runway, and proved − as Kanye West intended − that it looked as good with formal wear as with dressed-down jeans.

Louis Vuitton Jaspers

Jaspers is Kanye West’s signature hi-top sneaker, which comes with laces and padded Velcro straps in black suede or off-white calfskin with suede and patent leather trim. In addition, a flamboyant leather patchwork version sports suede tassels with gold-finish accessories and a fluorescent pink outsole inspired by Japanese pop art.

Louis Vuitton Mr Hudson

The same tassels and fluorescent outsole also feature on the leather patchwork version of the third style, Mr Hudson, which gives the iconic boat shoe an edgy street-style update. Named after an artist who features on Kanye West’s latest album, 808s & Heartbreak, Mr Hudson is also available in bright white calfskin with patent trim.

Pietro Beccari, Louis Vuitton Senior Vice-President, Communication and Marketing, is a personal friend of Kanye West. He says: “Louis Vuitton has always been in tune with its times, manifesting its modernity through collaborations with the greatest talents of each generation. Our design partnership with Kanye West is a new instance of this, which keeps Louis Vuitton at the cutting edge of style and creativity.”

Yves Carcelle, CEO of Louis Vuitton, comments: “We are delighted that Kanye West accepted our invitation to extend his considerable creative talents from music to design. He has always been a good friend of Louis Vuitton, with a keen sense of personal style, and this impressive debut fulfils an ambition he has held for some time.”

The Kanye West collection will be available in Louis Vuitton stores from June 2009.

Louis Vuitton Dons

Louis Vuitton Jaspers

Louis Vuitton Mr Hudson

Images via Louis Vuitton


  • Sabina

    looove the Dons in pink/purple and white! need them!

  • oluseyi

    when are they out already?

  • FG – Geezy

    the dons are out since yesterday in germany. and i get mine:)

  • Ari

    i like this shoes

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