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Named after the Parisian street where Louis Vuitton first opened a store in 1854, the Capucines bag bridges tradition and modernity, savoir-faire and chic classicism.
While its perfect geometry may not alter from one season to the next, the Capucines draws its ability to surprise and amaze from a wide selection of exotic leathers.
Available in a hand-picked selection of the finest exotic skins, each Capucines bag is crafted using rare materials of the highest quality, chosen for their complex, unique nature, varying sizes, and singularity.
Crocodile skins in vibrant hues are either polished by hand with a natural agate stone or massaged until soft and matte for the ultimate example of exotic leather craftsmanship.
Our crocodilian leathers meet the highest environmental quality requirements and come from farms certified under the LVMH Crocodilians Standard. This standard is the world’s first crocodilian certification that covers the entire supply chain: conservation of the species, respect of animal welfare, working conditions for men and women at the farms; and finally, protection of the environment.
25 years after first establishing these conservation programs, two thirds of all crocodilian species are no longer threatened with extinction. Today, the three species used for Louis Vuitton’s products are no longer endangered in the countries where we source from.
The Capucines combines refined details such as a semi-rigid handle secured by jewel-like rings, – a nod to the Maison’s historic trunks – while the rounded flap recalls the petals of the iconic Monogram flower.
The added challenge for Louis Vuitton's artisans is to work these exotic leathers in a range of shades and finishes while preserving the Capucines’ trademark softness and suppleness.
Louis Vuitton now extends its tradition of offering personalization services to the exotic leather Capucines. Choose from a palette of matte and shiny leathers, metal hardware, and lining materials for an even more exclusive creation.
The Capucines’ elegant design belies its technical complexity. Requiring more than 300 entirely hand- executed steps, the Capucines is a perfect example of Louis Vuitton’s artisanal savoir-faire.
Like our fingerprints, each crocodilian hide has a unique pattern and natural characteristics, whether it is from the alligator, niloticus, or porosus species. For each bag, Louis Vuitton’s experts must pair up to five matching skins, a true savoir-faire requiring specialized training and years of experience. The finished products are then meticulously controlled for natural pattern placement and symmetry among a long list of stringent quality requirements.