Designed by Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director Virgil Abloh as part of this year’s men’s collection, this airplane-shaped handbag recently went viral for allegedly costing more than a used, single-engine airplane.
Virgil Abloh’s collections have always divided critics and fashion fans, and the main critique is that he overloads his creations with a bunch of ideas and concepts.
And, in fact, his latest one is no different.
Unveiled in January, Louis Vuitton’s Fall/Winter 2021 men’s collection featured a variety of eccentric ideas, including clothes inspired by famous architecture and landmarks.
But what really caught people’s eye on the web recently was an airplane-shaped handbag featuring Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram but, above all, its price tag: $39,000.
Described as a “Keepall” bag, the unusual accessory looks like a miniature commercial airliner complete with wings tail and even four engines embossed with the signature Louis Vuitton logos.
Like most accessories designed by popular brand, it has the company’s monogram plastered all-over to let everyone know what you’re dressed.
Photos of Abloh’s airplane handbag have been circulating online for months, but only recently went viral on Twitter after one user compared its price to that of an actual airplane, clipping an online ad for a used Cessna single-engine airplane selling for just $32,300 on eBay.
“You can buy an actual plane for less,” Twitter user Valeska wrote.
“And have enough money left over for an LV paint job,” someone else commented.
It’s unclear whether Louis Vuitton’s Keepall handbag is just a fashion statement, or if it actually has any functionality (for example if you can store stuff in it), and the brains behind the design didn’t offer too many clues either. All we know is that the airplane motif seen throughout many of the pieces in Abloh’s collection was inspired by the “tourist vs. purist” archetypes.
“It’s my organizing principle for my point of view when I make things,” Abloh told Vogue in January.
“A tourist is someone who’s eager to learn, who wants to see the Eiffel Tower when they come to Paris. The purist is the person who knows everything about everything.”