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Total Eclipse Of The Heart: Louis Vuitton's Monogram Eclipse New Classics

Virgil Abloh has created four 'new classics' for Louis Vuitton's Monogram Eclipse line, based on vintage designs from the house's archives
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Unveiled a few years ago on the Fall/Winter 2016 runway, the Monogram Eclipse line from Louis Vuitton stands out for its edgy take on the uber-recognisable LV monogram, rendering the motif in a subtle palette of black and grey. This season, artistic director Virgil Abloh presents his take on the Monogram Eclipse, launching a range of ‘new classics’ that reinterprets the craft of maroquinerie through the lens of contemporary masculinity.

Working off his 3% methodology, in which three is considered the optimal ratio to turn a normative object into something special, Abloh puts his twist on several vintage silhouettes from the French house’s archive – the Steamer, Soft Trunk, and Pochette Volga.

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Originally created in 1901 as a way to hold dirty laundry on long sea voyages, the Steamer has been reimagined as a new business bag that is equal part fashionable and functional.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Eclipse Steamer

With a nod to the maison’s roots as a luggage maker, the Soft Trunk takes its style cues from a classic archival design. While retaining some of the signature details – like metallic finishes – the new Soft Trunk is constructed of supple leather so as to hug the body more harmoniously. A detachable shoulder strap made of leather and matte resin chain enhances the bag’s versatility, making it the perfect everyday option. 

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Eclipse Soft Trunk

The Soft Trunk is also available in a more diminutive size, aptly dubbed the Mini Soft Trunk. Referencing both streetwear and sportswear, this smaller version adds an impeccable finishing touch to any outfit.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Eclipse Mini Soft Trunk

Big enough to fit up to three mobile phones (because why not?), the Pochette Volga features a hybrid design with a removable chain handle that allows for it to be carried as either a bag or a wallet. Hands-free and fuss-free, the pochette is the ideal companion for the man (or woman) on the go. 

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Eclipse Pochette Volga

The Louis Vuitton New Classics will be available from 8 November at the Louis Vuitton boutiques in Ngee Ann City, ION Orchard, Marina Bay Sands, and Changi Airport Terminal 3, and online at louisvuitton.com

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