It is always exciting when style and charity converge. On November 17, iconic brand Louis Vuitton will donate six limited-edition Special Order pieces to be auctioned off at Sotheby’s to benefit the American Red Cross in celebration of its 150th Anniversary. The gala event will take place in London and will aid in the Red Cross’ efforts against malnutrition in Nigeria.
Interest in this auction is high; Since its inception in 1854, Special Orders has catered to the desires of the elite by designing one-of a-kind luxury pieces that have been emulated but never really duplicated. And the names behind these Special Order works of art are all leaders in their various fields:
Damien Hirst, Chef Ferran Adria, photographer Annie Leibovitz, musician/composer Gustavo Santalalla, and designer Marc Jacobs
The works were designed in collaboration with Patrick Louis Vuitton, head of the Vuitton Special Orders department. The custom pieces will combine the brand’s celebrated tradition with the edge that revitalized Louis Vuitton in the late 90s. Each unique piece will embody the guest designer’s exceptional expertises, adding to the overall exclusivity of the works.
The collection is diverse; pieces include a butterfly armoire by Hirst, a trolley case with a knife tray by Adria, camera bags by Leibovitz, an instrument case by Santaolalla, and a dog carrier by Jacobs. In addition, the auction will feature a Red Cross medical kit trunk, complete with boxes for emergency supplies designed by Patrick Louis Vuitton.
Not able to make it to London? You can still get in on the charitable action. Head to the website and order any of four classic Louis Vuitton handbags – the Speedy, the Keepall, the Noe, and the Alma – and 10% of your purchase will be donated to the American Red Cross.