LV + Virgil Abloh are steppin' toward a more sustainable future
Louis Vuitton's latest SS21 collection take's Virgil Abloh's "upcycling ideology" to a new level.
Abloh originally conceived the collection as a way to highlight the label's commitment to evolving their products for a more creative & sustainable future ― a huge pillar of Louis Vuitton's identity. The brand has high goals for building a sustainable practice including the commitment to use 100% responsibly sourced raw materials by 2025. They're already making strides, especially with their premium leathers ― 78% of which already reach the highest environmental standard for leather tanning.
Beginning by deconstructing the original 2019 LV Trainers, the kicks were disassembled and rebuilt to create a cutting-edge design that optimized staple materials like calfskin and suede ― finished in an innovative collection of vibrant colorways. The design made waves with its bold colors and unique build when it debuted at Abloh's inaugural Men's Louis Vuitton show ― and solidified his name as an impactful part of the sustainable fashion game.
The collection itself features a low-top silhouette in five new colorways with boldly contrasting tones, represented in genuine calf leather. Even for LV, the craftsmanship is on another level, and 7 hours of stitching per pair creates a wildly detailed build featuring the distinct "LV Upcycling" logo alongside iconic Louis Vuitton branding. Completing the look is a fluorescent tag on the right foot for an extra kick, embossed with a final Louis Vuitton logo ― a detail which has become signature for Abloh.
You can bring the intense craftsmanship experience to your own home with the shoes' do-it-yourself customization options. Detailed assembly instructions are included to guide you through centering, cutting, and hand-applying the leather. Excess stitching threads can even be used to create personal touches on a one-of-a-kind pair ― you're basically a leatherwork expert now.
Find availability details on the groundbreaking kicks here.
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