Another Louis Vuitton, Takashi Murakami collaboration may be upon us. Speaking at his latest retrospective exhibition, “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” which is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Japanese artist told Women’s Wear Daily that he would like to incorporate his flower motif into the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration.
The comment comes after Louis Vuitton and Murakami allegedly cut ties following a 13-year long collaboration. The parties initially teamed up for Murakami’s inaugural Multicolore Monogram collection in 2002, the “it” bags of the early aughts. Per ArtNews, the collection “was a revolutionary quid-pro-quo partnership, lifting Murakami from art world star to bona fide celebrity and galvanizing the staid French luxury house with a shot of cutting-edge culture.”
Industry insiders called news that the Paris-based brand and famous artist were parting ways 2015 in “significant,” saying that it was either a final farewell to the Marc Jacobs era (Jacobs served as creative director for the Paris-based brand from 1997–2013) or a fresh start for former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, Jacobs’ successor.
When asked to confirm the reported split, representatives for Louis Vuitton merely stated that the brand would like to “look forward.” TFL sources suggested that the reports were little more than that, and that the industry-wide rumor, in fact, got its start when a Louis Vuitton store associate confirmed that the Murakami-designed Multicolore monogram is “leaving stores at the end of July , forever.”
It is worth noting that official representatives for Louis Vuitton never actually confirmed the cessation of its longstanding partnership with Murakami, suggesting that despite the several-season-long hiatus, another Vuitton x Murakami collection may not be completely out of the picture.
While Murakami did not comment on the status of his relationship with Louis Vuitton, he may provide a hint or two at Complex Magazine’s ComplexCon, which he will cohost in November with Pharrell Williams, Off-White creative Virgil Abloh, and Colette co-founder Sarah Andelman.