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Back to the future: a new release from Louis Vuitton

Past and present collide to create a future icon at Louis Vuitton.

When Nicolas Ghesquière debuted as Louis Vuitton’s womens artistic director in October 2014, the malletage bags he sent down the runway took inspiration from the house’s iconic trunks. In 2023, Ghesquière once again explores the creative possibilities of the criss-crossing pattern, which today re-emerges as a contemporary new icon that pays homage to the Maison’s heritage: the GO-14.

GO-14 bag Louis Vuitton
© Louis Vuitton/ Peter Langer

GO-14, the new bag from Louis Vuitton

Set to become Louis Vuitton’s new ‘it’ bag, GO-14 launches today and bares a name coded to the designer’s initiation, Ghesquière October 2014. Crafted from supple lambskin and accented with a golden ‘LV’ twist lock, the bag showcases a plush malletage with overstitching that accentuates the curvaceous nature of the design.

GO-14 bag Louis Vuitton
© Louis Vuitton/ Asia Typek

This versatile piece can be carried by hand, shoulder or body. Featuring a new groove system, the top handle can be converted into a leather pad on the chain for a comfortable shoulder or crossbody carry. Available in every shade, from stark blacks and whites to soothing neutral hues, Louis Vuitton’s GO-14 demonstrates the house’s dedication to craftmanship.

GO-14 bag Louis Vuitton
© Louis Vuitton/ Peter Langer

Malletage is a distinctive pattern that lined the interiors of Louis Vuitton’s first trunks, the galon trim set in diagonal lines padding the interior while fixing documents in place. The pattern has since become synonymous with the brand, appearing across shoes, bags and accessories. GO-14 is a challenge for Louis Vuitton artisans to complete. With an assembly process demanding more than 20 exacting steps to be carried out, GO-14 requires technical precision to lay the 17 metre-long trim and achieve perfect patinas of satin and toasted finishes, and subtle colour gradations.

GO-14 from Louis Vuitton is available from 25 August 2023.

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