This year, we've seen a few different references to New York’s downtown scene from the ‘70s and ‘80s that spawned many creative legends.
First, Belvedere Vodka did the "Luxury Reborn" campaign featuring Vincent Gallo (who, oddly enough, doesn't drink), then Ben Sherman photographed their ads in Cafe Habana on Elizabeth Street, and now Louis Vuitton launches the welovesprouse website
and range to celebrate the late Stephen Sprouse (and The Stephen Sprouse Book
, which is being released in January).
Sprouse was a major influence on the downtown scene during his early years in New York City as a designer, working alongside Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol, and later with Axl Rose and Duran Duran.
The range features more of Sprouse’s art screened onto Louis Vuitton bags (their first collaborative effort was in 2001), but the new star in this collection is the website, which also includes a glimpse of Sprouse's life, artwork, collaborations, and other fashion projects.
Our favorite part was the video interviews, featuring Marc Jacobs, Debbie Harry, and other ‘80s punk scenesters describing their experiences with the late artist.