I’ve had to dig around for photos of a couple of the pre-2007/pre-blog purses featured. At first, I was puzzled by the fact that my rainbow monogram Louis Vuitton — from the first Takashi Murakami collaboration with Vuitton — could only be found in a photo of MrB patiently holding it for me in Paris.
Then I remembered that before outfit posts for the Internet were a thing, I’d always hand off my bag to someone for a photo. Like … why should I be holding a purse to get my picture taken? My, how times have changed.
Also, the history of my pink Balenciaga bag requires a correction. I was right about having purchased it at Decades in Los Angeles, but that happened in 2004, not 2003 as I said in the video. You can see I was pleased with my acquisition.
I’m going to have to do another purse video because I left out my oldest bag — a Prada from the late 1990s — and one of my treasured Louis Vuitton Murakami bags. While I included my 2005 Murakami Cerise bag with the smiling cherries on it, I omitted its close relative, the Cherry Blossom bag, just because I was too lazy to climb up to the high shelf the latter lives on.
Speaking of Murakami, the artist has proven he can still move a lot of product, even though Vuitton ended its collaboration with him in 2015. WWD has a story about an exhibit of his work at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where the museum shop is doing big business. The article says Flower-shaped cushions and plush toys are popular, making me wonder which category my happy flower plush falls into.
The flower is still happy but a little sleepy on the flip side.
I got the cushion/toy at an event I attended, the details of which are lost to my memory. I’m going to guess that it happened before the initial Vuitton collaboration because I think riots would have broken out if someone handed out free Murakami toys in 2003!
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