As CMF Designers, many of us work within industries that manufacture products on a large scale, from thousands to millions of units. However, CMF is not limited to just these areas. Once you grasp the basics of CMF Design, the knowledge becomes widely applicable across various contexts: from home remodeling to choosing a car color – CMF is everywhere!

And so it lives in the artisan space too!

In the realm of luxury handbags, leather is often the first material that springs to mind. But who says it’s the only option? This report explores the “dreamy” artisan techniques used on the Louis Vuitton’s Artycapucines collection which was showcased at the LV Dream exhibition in Paris. The collection, a collaboration between the brand and global contemporary artists, takes a bold departure from the traditional use of leather.

Let’s dive into how these avant-garde materials and artisan techniques combo with LV’s iconic use of leather, and hope to bring inspirations for your own. Comment, download, and share!

Unwrap CMF: Artisan CMF Report from LV Dream (2023-10) (794 downloads )
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines collection


Plastic, typically not associated with “luxury”, demands careful application to elevate its perceived quality to level befitting what the brand represents. On the other hand, plastic brings the advantage of versatility in terms of color and shape, opening up a world of creative possibilities. In the Artycapucines collection presented at LV Dream, we find compelling examples of how plastic materials can seamlessly integrate into the world of luxury handbags.

Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Alex Israel (Plexiglas®)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Ugo Rondinone (resin beads)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Park Seo-Bo (3D rubber injection)

Threads & Soft Alternatives

Louis Vuitton is famous for its dual-tone flat monogram that typically covers the entire surface of leather. But what if it is taken a step beyond its usual horizon? In this section, we explore the brand’s collaborative work with global artists, turning luxury handbags into “canvases” that introduce a world of soft alternatives with vibrant colors and textural depth.

Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Jean-Michel Othoniel (textile raffia)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Donna Huanca (knitted embroidery)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Jonas Wood (knitted embroidery)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Zeng Fanzhi (tufting)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Huang Yuxing (tufting)

Colors on Leather

While genuine leather comes with its own natural shades, a rainbow of palette is possible on leather. In this section, we explore a diverse range of coloring techniques to apply colors to leather material, providing us with inspirations from the LV Dream exhibition and the creative souls behind these beautiful works.

Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Amélie Bertrand (sprayed paint)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Zhao Zhao (metallization)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Liu Wei (metallization)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Sam Falls (high resolution printing)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Paola Pivi (marquetry and embroidery)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Tschabalala Self (hand-painting)
Louis Vuitton Artycapucines by Vik Muniz (inkjet printing)


Branding holds significance especially in the luxury sector. It ignites recognition and communicates the brand’s position in the market. In the Artycapucines collection, the logos become a playground where artists explore various craftsmanship techniques, offering refreshing and playful twist to Louis Vuitton’s branding.

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Problem-solving ??? ?????. Former head of CMF at Motorola. A New York-based and world-traveling Design Consultant with over 13 years of specialty in CMF Design. 高雄囡仔,前摩托羅拉CMF設計團隊負責人,目前定居於紐約並遊牧世界,任自由撰稿人兼CMF設計顧問,持續投入在CMF設計的科普推廣,並為WGSN及羅技等公司提供CMF專案支持或諮詢服務。

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