ANNIE LEIBOVITZ and Damien Hirst, amongst others, are turning designer for Louis Vuitton this season. The label's Asnieres division - where master craftsmen create made-to-order luggage - turns 150 this year and, to celebrate, Louis Vuitton is holding an auction to benefit another 150-year-old institution; the Red Cross.
Leibovitz has plumped for practicality; ordering a black monogram canvas backpack - trimmed with black leather and lined with red, cushioned microfibre compartments - for her photo equipment. Hirst has ordered a tall black trunk, lined in blue microfibre and boasting multiple slim drawers, designed to hold surgical instruments.
Other artists and fashion figures have also been asked to contribute by designing a piece to be created by Louis Vuitton's artisans, WWD reports. The special order pieces will then be auctioned at Sotheby's in London on November 17 in aid of the Red Cross.
Without question the most covetable piece will be by Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs, who has requested a trunk for his treasured bull terriers, Daisy and Alfred, to sleep in whilst in the hold of an aeroplane. The trunk has a wire door, large vents - and space for a photo of Jacobs and a sample of his clothing to reassure his pets during flights.