Stephen Sprouse & Louis Vuitton

Stephen Sprouse debuted his collection at Louis Vuitton over 20 years ago now. This iconic line set the tone for many future collaborations under Marc Jacobs’ leadership.

Stephen Sprouse

Before he became a cult New York designer, Sprouse attended the Rhode Island School of Design. After working for Halston, Sprouse launched his initial collections in the early 1980s and soon found success among the stars of the time. His neighbour and friend Debbie Harry was one of his most prominent clients as were Duran Duran and Billy Idol.

The New York Times said that Sprouse, “pioneered that decade’s revolutionary idea of mixing uptown sophistication in clothing with a downtown punk and pop sensibility”. His worked inspired designers who came to be well known in the fashion world like Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs. It is with the latter that he would go on to collaborate at Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse

Artistic Director from 1997, Marc Jacobs has spearheaded some incredible collaborations at Louis Vuitton. However, it was the Spring / Summer collection in 2001 that saw the first time the iconic, heritage brand made changes to its logo. Jacobs enlisted Sprouse to collaborate on a new collection that took the iconic monogram print and did something incredibly fresh and current with it.

At the time, it was a hugely popular collection within the industry. Vogue said, “The combination of the staid, old-school Vuitton luggage and the unique energy of Sprouse’s most typical, purest work makes both Sprouse and the luggage look somehow fresh”. It became an overnight success as soon as Paris Hilton was photographed with her bag from the collection. It is one of Louis Vuitton’s most successful collaborations to date.

Since Sprouse’s passing in 2004, Jacobs has resurrected his designs time and time again. Even though the designs may vary, the spirit of Sprouse’s legacy very much lives on.

The Designs

Neon Pink Monogram Stephen Sprouse Graffiti Speedy 30 handbag.

The Monogram graffiti was Sprouse’s original design. Louis Vuitton re-introduced Sprouse’s original design with a neon twist. You can see the 2009 revamped design here.

Vogue referred to this design as “anti-snob snobbism”.

This Neon Pink Monogram Stephen Sprouse Graffiti Speedy 30 handbag sold for £1,033.56 in one of our auctions. It had the date code AA0029 which means it was made in January 2009.

Limited Edition Stephen Sprouse Leopard Speedy handbag

A perhaps more subtle design to come out of the Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse collaborations is the leopard print. This Limited Edition Stephen Sprouse Leopard Speedy had a date code FL3112 which shows that it was produced from late July to early August 2012. We sold this handbag for a realised price of £778.36.

These bags were a massive success for the brand and sold out almost straightaway. You can see this design across multiple products from Louis Vuitton including scarves and Baby bags.

Another design featuring roses first drawn in 2001 was used posthumously in 2009. This colourful and fun collection is extremely eye-catching and collectable.

Stephen Sprouse at auction

While pieces from the Louis Vuitton Sprouse collections are relatively rare and hard to find, we are lucky enough to see them in our auctions. If you know of a particular piece you are looking for, you can set up lot alerts for it.

a beige Stephen Sprouse leopard print cashmere scarf with orange grafittii Louis Vuitton signature

We have a collection of leopard print cashmere Stephen Sprouse x Louis Vuitton scarves in the upcoming Designer Collection auction.

With an estimate of just £100 – £150, these scarves are a great way to build a collection.

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Wednesday 24th August 10:00 – 19:00

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Friday 2nd September 10:00 – 16:00

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Valuations

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