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Louis Vuitton Named Best Fashion Brand In The World

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The Iconic luggage makers are bagging up headlines this year, following their extremely popular capsule collection with streetwear mainstay Supreme, the brand’s performance has been recognized by brand consultancy Interbrand, which has named Louis Vuitton as the best fashion brand in the world.

This ranking is based on the brand’s financial performance as well as its influence over customer choice and its ability to command a premium price.

Explaining fashion brands’ performance to Business of Fashion, Rebecca Robins, the global director at Interbrand, referenced the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration: “It’s their relationship between brand and culture and they are doing it in a way that is of the moment and relevant but also sustainable. It’s not a flash-in-the-pan. It’s well thought through, strategically driven and delivered with the strength of their conviction.” The collaboration was also named as a key reason for LVMH’s increased sales performance earlier this year.

Aside from the fashion brands on the list, Apple has continued its run at number one in the overall rankings, with Google and Microsoft meaning that the tech industry fills the top three places. Other big changes to this year’s list see Facebook named as the biggest grower over the past year, as well as Tesla making its first appearance in the top 100.

For more from Louis Vuitton, read about how Kim Jones — the brand’s Creative Director of Menswear — became the precursor to modern streetwear, as well as everything else we learnt from his appearance at London’s “OFF-CAMPUS.”

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BAPE and COMME des GARÇONS Reunite for PLAY-ful Collaborative Shirts

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Back in April, BAPE launched its outpost inside COMME des GARÇONS‘ new Osaka store, commemorated with a special capsule collection two months later. The duo have no plans to halt the joint efforts any time soon it seems, as evidenced by a brief assortment of co-branded tees and hoodies that recall the effortless graphics offered by COMME des GARÇONS PLAY.



Realized in a similar format to PLAY’s heart-emblazoned tees, the new BAPE partnership sees the venerable Japanese label’s name printed alongside a tiny APE HEAD at the chest of each peice. Action lines make it look as though “COMME des GARÇONS” is being shouted by the familiar symbol for a quirky approach to co-branding. Navy and white T-shirts accompany long-sleeve striped iterations in blue and red, while grey and black hoodies boast full-length zippers in homage to a classic BAPE design element.

You might also like: How Does Supreme’s Ostensible Demarketing Strategy Works ?!Most recently, BAPE teased a spate of collaborative goods, including the year’s second Coca-Cola partnership , Master and Dynamic audio gear and a BE@RBRICK co-designed by mastermind JAPAN.

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Take a Look at Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Influential Works in New Virtual Tour

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Last year, The Brant Foundation in New York City’s East Village opened with a monumental exhibition on Jean-Michel Basquiat. The show brought almost 70 works by Basquiat — created from 1980 to 1987 — back to the same neighborhood that had inspired him. Now, the foundation is providing a new virtual tour of the influential exhibition, allowing viewers to explore all four floors of the show and digitally view some of Basquiat’s most important works.



Spanning the artist’s entire oeuvre, the exhibition explores Basquiat’s prolific yet brief career and broad range of subjects. Highlights include several of the artist’s most celebrated large-scale canvases, such as two head paintings from 1981 and 1982, as well as the multi-paneled Grillo (1984). In other works like Arroz con Pollo (1981) and Price of Gasoline in the Third World (1982), Basquiat shed light on issues like colonialization, the African Diaspora and racial inequality. Other paintings immortalized his heroes, such as jazz legend Charlie Parker and boxers Sugar Ray Robinson and Joe Louis.

You might also like: How Does Supreme’s Ostensible Demarketing Strategy Works ?!Check out the exhibition for yourself on The Brant Foundation’s website.
In other news, Meguru Yamaguchi has unveiled new sculptural paintings at Tokyo’s Seibu Shibuya outpost.

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In other news, Meguru Yamaguchi has unveiled new sculptural paintings at Tokyo’s Seibu Shibuya outpost.

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Virgil Abloh and DGK Craft Limited-to-100 Camouflaged Skateboards

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One of the world’s most influential skateboarders, Stevie Williams, and his brand DGK have tapped Virgil Abloh for a limited-to-100 run custom skateboard design.



The limited-edition art deck features a clean wooden top that sports simple black co-branding, noting Williams and Abloh’s collaboration, and a full print on the bottom. This paint stroke-like camouflage design was drawn by Abloh himself and features black DGK branding in a cursive font, randomly dotted around the camo print.

You might also like: How Does Supreme’s Ostensible Demarketing Strategy Works ?!The Virgil Abloh x DGK deck is priced at $79.99 USD and will be available exclusively from DGK’s website on August 1.
In case you missed it, here is this week’s selection of the best art for your home.

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In case you missed it, here is this week’s selection of the best art for your home.

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