Back in 1998, Louis Vuitton launched its City Guides collection, and now 15 years and over 100 destinations later, the French luxury brand has unveiled a new set of artistic travel books.
2013 Louis Vuitton Travel Books. Photo: AFP
The Louis Vuitton Travel Books see a series of the world's most interesting illustrators and
artists let loose on travel destinations.
First up, in Paris, Congolese painter Chéri Samba explores the French capital with his usual blend of hyper-pigmented dream like visuals. American Daniel Arsham was inspired by Easter Island, French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme (creator of the 'Unknown Hipster') ventured to New York, while Japanese artist Natsko Seki looks at London with his usual blend of pencil, color and collage.
Vuitton aim to add new destinations every year. Already set for release in 2014 are Jiro Taniguchi's manga-style look at Venice, and Vietnam seen through the eyes of Lorenzo Mattotti, the celebrated Italian comic book author and artist.
The first four books are available at selected Louis Vuitton stores around the world, selected bookshops in France and online at Louis Vuitton for €45.
A €2000 special limited-edition version (numbered and signed) has also been released for each title, featuring original works by the artists.