Louis Vuitton's Paint Can Bag Is Much More Fun Than Watching the Wall Dry

As seen during Virgil Abloh’s posthumous Fall/Winter 2022 runway show.

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The late Virgil Abloh didn’t just reform Louis Vuitton, he gave new meaning to the world of luxury fashion, introducing house cues and visuals that rewrote the rule book for what a fashion house should be — and items such as the Paint Can Bag are the perfect embodiment of Abloh’s boundary-breaking tenure.

Louis Vuitton’s new accessory was first seen during the house’s Men’s Fall/Winter 2022 runway show; the last collection to be predominantly designed by Abloh. Shown almost two months after his death, the collection brought together multiple seasons of the late designer’s work together, drawing on then-and-now Louis Vuitton signature cues that have gone on to define the brand’s creative output.

While the brand is known for its leather goods and history with bags and luggage, and for having worked with collaborators such as Takashi Murakami, Yayoi Kusama, Supreme and more who each reinterpreted classic LV pieces, seldom has the house ventured into a more comical, light-hearted realm as this Paint Can Bag proffers.

Served up here in orange, Louis Vuitton states that the bag is set to arrive in a total of six colors, notably purple and red as per the runway show. It’s styled like a real paint can and even features a polished chrome metal handle with a ring top that flips open on a leather hinge to provide interior access.

Details such as the orange microfiber interior allude to this being a real paint can, while “Handle With Care” warnings, block cap Louis Vuitton “EXTERIOR PAINT” branding, on-brand paint can touches denoting the quality of the paint, and flammable warnings come together to note Abloh’s tongue-in-cheek approach to fashion.

Naturally, the LV Monogram makes an appearance as well, sitting embossed into the handle and with its floral motif on the handle’s screw sections.

Take a look at the Louis Vuitton Paint Can Bag in “Orange” and inquire at your local LV boutique to order one for £1,980 GBP (approx. $2,360 USD).

For more unusual bags, check out JW Anderson’s pigeon clutch.

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