Stepping through the doors of the new Louis Vuitton temporary residency, Walk in the Park, located in the heart of Sydney's bustling CBD, can only be likened to entering the mind of the House's late creative director, Virgil Abloh. Since his untimely passing earlier this month, Louis Vuitton launched a global series of men’s fashion events; rooted in the inclusive values at the heart of Abloh's work. An expression of the mutual connectivity that existed between the designer and his community, this rainbow oasis has finally made its way down under.
The temporary residency, which is located on the corner of Pitt and King Street, invites visitors to discover iconic sneakers and accessories covering men’s collections from Spring-Summer 2019 to Spring-Summer 2022. The multi-level experience is a rare opportunity for Abloh admirers and Louis Vuitton loyalists alike to view reissues and new limited-edition takes on collectable sneakers, sunglasses and jewellery from the creative director's time at the House.
As someone who believed deeply in the growth of community and the magic of shared experience, the space honours Abloh's mission to create an ongoing dialogue with his audience; allowing visitors to experience House icons in an intimate way. Throughout the store, designs are colour-coded in the nuances of the rainbow, a nod to the set of Abloh’s debut show for Louis Vuitton for Spring-Summer 2019.
Remarkably, on display are over 40 styles of sneakers, including various editions of the trademark LV Trainer first introduced for Spring-Summer 2019 as well as broader retrospective of the LV Trainer through the season. For those hoping to walk away with an exclusive piece from the residency, the latest LV Trainer Upcycling from the Spring-Summer 2022 collection is available to purchase in a unique Sydney colourway, with only a total of 100 pairs issued. The definition of a collector's item.
Undeniably, the most eye-catching takeaway from Louis Vuitton Walk in the Park is the man who quite literally, was at the centre of it all. Climbing up the centre of the atrium is a larger than life statue of the late designer, painted in his signature colourful hues. A reminder of what was before and what's to come.
The Louis Vuitton Walk in the Park temporary residency is open now, until March 15th. You can discover more details on the Louis Vuitton website.