For Pre-Spring 2022, artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear range Virgil Abloh and Japanese streetwear legend NIGO® have teamed up to launch the second LV2 collection. The two designers explore their diverse cultural roots under the global emblem of Louis Vuitton. The collection of luxurious streetwear celebrates NIGO®’s Japanese origin, the inherent tapestry of his fashion upbringing, and the geo-specific opinion on the Western men’s wardrobe instilled in him from childhood.
LV2 draws inspiration from a Western 1950s and ‘60s’ tailoring silhouette with a Japanese sensibility. “Garments and accessories native to sartorial tropes, military icons, and traditional costumes are observed through a decidedly formalized lens, consistently imbuing the casual with a heightened elegance.” Thus, the collection includes the Monogram LV Toile Military Jacket and kimono shirt. Crafted from the House’s iconic all-over Monogram canvas, the jacket is decorated with strips of VVN leather on the front, back, and sleeves, with an embossed signature and iconic yellow stitching. Cut in an over-shirt fit, the jacket features a zip closure at the front and a button at the collar. The Printed Heart & Dragon kimono shirt is tailored from stretch cotton poplin and features Louis Vuitton signatures on the back and chest pocket, accompanied by the Heart and Dragon motifs.
The cult LV Trainer sneaker is reinterpreted by NIGO® as part of this second collaboration with Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Virgil Abloh as well. The upper in white calf leather is printed with the duck motif of the Louis Vuitton x Nigo collection, which includes leather goods, accessories and ready-to-wear.
The collection’s casual graphic cashmere crewneck is crafted from pure cashmere. The chest is garnished with a graphic dragon motif in jacquard and intarsia, with a Louis Vuitton signature at its center. The Intarsia Jacquard Heart short-sleeved top also showcases the season’s LV Heart motif. Cut in a classic fit from a compact cotton knit, it features an intarsia heart with the Louis Vuitton Made signature from the collection’s Nigo collaboration.
The LV Made bucket hat features a leather heart patch emblazoned with the House name. Elements of the Monogram design add an unmistakable signature look. It is crafted using upcycled 100% cotton material from the previous version, combining style with environmental stewardship.