“Diana Vreeland said that water was ‘God’s tranquilizer.’ She also said she thought the idea of the freedom of surfing was wonderful. That was one of the starting points for the collection,” explains Kim Jones, Louis Vuitton Men’s Style Director, working under the Artistic Direction of Marc Jacobs. “I was also looking at different kinds of men I related to this style – the Vuitton customer is not just one kind of man – and that spanned people from Yves Carcelle with his love of yachting to the idea of sailing clothes worn by men in both a street and pop sense.”
A reconfigured idea of luxury both through artisanal handcrafted techniques and materials, together with intense technical research and contemporary fabrications leads to a confluence of textures and tastes that can be both compared and contrasted throughout the collection. This mixture of texture, tech and tradition is a major motif of the collection.
The signature, textured bag leather ‘Epi’ was a starting point for much of this thought. This season the leather is utilized in clothing (transformed into a neon-yellow zip jacket for one) and shoes (Epi deck shoes are the predominant footwear in the collection) as well as in its traditional role for bags. The Damier is also given a re-invention this season appearing in waterproof nylon in sneakers and also newly and chicly contrast trimmed in the signature colour of the collection, navy blue. Technical, rope tied sandals are accented with luxurious crocodile or traditional suede desert boots have inserts of flouro tech fabric. The mixture of tech and tradition is an approach to reflect the contrasting tastes of contemporary consumers and travellers – from the appeal of La Croisette in Cannes to scuba diving in Belize.
Archipelago Sandal in Cord and Crocodile-Like Calf Leather
Colors: Blue, Orange
This striking sandal was inspired by boat ropes. An extraordinary combination of materials, including cord, leather, wood and rubber, make up this elaborate avant-garde design.
Seafarer Loafer in Calf Leather
Colors: White, Marine
One of the standout looks of Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2013 Men’s fashion show, this super-chic reinterpretation of the classic boat shoe comes in iconic Epi calf leather enriched with nautical details, including a padded ankle with a strap and rubberized eyelets and lace tips.
Anchor Richelieu in Calf Leather
This lace-up in supple calf leather is the ideal partner for formal summer looks. Its elegantly rounded lines are complemented by a graphic straight cut-out on the side and a natural leather sole.
Anchor Richelieu in Suede Calf Leather
This lace-up in velvety suede calf leather is the ideal partner for formal summer looks. Its elegantly rounded lines are complemented by a graphic straight cut-out on the side and a natural leather sole.
Starboard Ankle Boot in Suede Calf Leather
Colors: Beige, Blue, Khaki
This eye-catching reinterpretation of the classic desert boot comes in velvety suede calf leather with fluorescent flashes on the sole and lining.
Hightide Sneaker in Technical Textile
This cutting-edge sneaker in technical fabric was inspired by scuba diving footwear. Among its innovative features are a zipper and push button fastening at the back and a graphic outsole shaped like a wave.
Zip Up Sneaker in Damier Challenge
This stylish sneaker in Damier Challenge canvas is embellished with on-trend details, including outsize eyelets, a padded heel flap and a zipper on the side.
Zip Up Sneaker Boot in Damier Challenge
This stylish hi-top sneaker in Damier Challenge canvas is embellished with on-trend details, including outsize eyelets, a padded heel flap and a zipper on the side.
Cut Back Sneaker in Damier Ebène
One of the season’s strongest statements, this stylish sneaker in Damier canvas features an array of innovative details, including graphic side flaps and a fluorescent orange velcro strap on the back for easy fitting.
Images via Louis Vuitton