I really love looking at the stuff Takashi Murakami does for Louis Vuitton (and for himself, of course). Am particularly tickled, however, by the comments on Hypebeast’s behind-the-scenes feature on Takashi Murakami’s rugs for LV.
These rugs were handwoven in India, and only 20 pieces were made for each of the two designs. (Photo Credits: Hypebeast)
So, there were comments that having these rugs made in India was “exploitation of poor people”, etc., and that they should have had these rugs woven in Italy or France. Really? Traditionally, the best rugs have come from places like Persia, Iran, and India — so, seriously?
I suppose people are upset about Luxury’s unannounced shift towards manufacturing in lower cost Asia, but the fact is that the mystical Orient has a finer history of weaving rugs than countries like France or Italy. Cost-cutting, though, has been a rather big issue in the past decade, and Cathy Horyn’s article is rather useful in helping us understand who’s doing what: High Fashion Faces a Redefining Moment
This has got to be my quote of the day:
Mr. de la Renta likes a silk faille that he gets from a mill in South Korea. Aside from the price — it costs a third of what Italian faille does — he likes the look.
“Listen, Prada has been using it for years,” he said.