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Louis Vuitton Airplane Shaped Bag Costs More Than Some Actual Planes at $39,000

Editorials

Melanie Kwok
January 5, 2022

A Louis Vuitton bag shaped like an airplane has been the hot topic on social media not only because of its quirky look, but its hefty price tag that costs more than some actual planes. The bag was unveiled January 2021, and has hit the shelves recently.

A Louis Vuitton bag shaped like an airplane has been the hot topic on social media not only because of its quirky look, but its hefty price tag that costs more than some actual planes. The bag was unveiled January 2021, and has hit the shelves recently.

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The brown bag literally looks like a small plane, covered with Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram pattern and complete with wings, engine, a tail, a nose, handles, and a shoulder strap. This aviation inspired bag designed by Virgil Abloh is part of LV’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection.

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The bag caused a stir on social media when a Twitter user replied to @saint ‘s tweet about the bag with “You can buy an actual plane for less .” and attached proof of an actual advertisement of a secondhand 1968 Cessna 150 on sale for US$32,000.

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This was followed by a series of jokes and plane related puns about the bag that really took off.

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Abloh is no stranger to the fashion industry, being the artistic director of LV’s menswear since 2018, and the owner of his own successful brand Off-White. He calls this FW2021 collection “Ebonics / Snake Oil / The Black Box / Mirror, Mirror” and emphasizes the “Art of Travel” theme with airplane figures on coat buttons, and accessories with “tourists vs. purists” printed on it.

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However, besides the plane bag, can we talk about the models wearing small-scale models of Chicago and New York?

Melanie is a contemporary art enthusiast, writer and cultural research strategist whose practice explores the areas inbetween art, design, commerce and the cult of collecting.