The collection takes its cue from London designer and artist, Christopher Nemeth, who rebelliously fused Savile Row tailoring with street wear. Nemeth, who was born in Birmingham but resided in Tokyo from 1986 until his death in 2010 aged 51, was an unsung hero of British fashion who was relatively unknown in the UK, but not to Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director, Kim Jones, who says Nemeth’s work defined London during the 1980s. "He trained as a fine artist and came into fashion from being an illustrator, and that chimes with how I started," reveals Jones, continuing, "I wanted to openly celebrate his life and work." Jones sourced four original prints from Nemeth’s archive and collaborated with stylist and accessories designer, Judy Blame – a member of Nemeth’s creative force – on jewellery, while also consulting with Nemeth’s widow and daughters on other details of the collection. Jones’ vision manifests as cork embossed cashmere, laser etchings on shearling, even a flocked suitcase – which all marry the standout craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton’s ateliers with the wit and originality of Nemeth’s world. P.S. Nemeth’s middle name? Louis. Now that’s serendipity.
Photographs by Jamie McGregor Smith