STRANGER IN THE CITY: After launching its Louis Vuitton City Guides in 1998 — a collection that now spans more than 100 destinations — the luxury brand is adding a new artsy collection of travel books.
The concept is to examine different cultures through the eyes of artists who are unfamiliar with them. The house tapped Congolese artist Chéri Samba to show Paris; the American Daniel Arsham for Easter Island; the Frenchman Jean-Philippe Delhomme for New York; and the young Japanese illustrator Natsko Seki for London.
Each year, new destinations and new titles will be added to the collection. To come in 2014 are Venice through the drawings of manga artist Jiro Taniguchi and Vietnam seen by Italian comic books author Lorenzo Mattotti.
The books will be available — in bilingual version English and French — in selected Louis Vuitton stores worldwide, selected bookshops in France and through louisvuitton.com for 45 euros, or $59 at current exchange.
For each title, a numbered and signed limited-edition sold with original works by the artists, will be on sale in select Louis Vuitton stores for 2,000 euros, or $2,606 at current exchange.