“I’ve been hearing about Cuba since I was little. In the 1950s, our two countries developed excellent relations. Deep down, I always knew I’d go there one day.”
He marvels at the similarity of Cuban landscapes with the scenery in his native Yunnan and is captivated by these Cubans with their similar destiny. The passion he felt there followed him all the way to his studio, where he created over three hundred drawings, including inks, colours, lignes claires, portraits and landscapes. The diversity of styles reflects the intensity of his emotions and the profusion he encountered when he was in Cuba.
Li Kunwu grew up during the Mao era, in a China swept by the Cultural Revolution. A born artist, Li drew constantly, using his pens and brushes to carve out a path for himself and recount his journey.
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For Li Kunwu, as a Chinese artist, Cuba resonates strongly, the island’s history mirroring that of the Middle Kingdom.
“I’ve been hearing about Cuba since I was little. In the 1950s, our two countries developed excellent relations. Deep down, I always knew I’d go there one day.”Travel Books Illustration
Rome as portrayed by Miles Hyman is like a woman, an elusive woman of mystery, seen on a street corner, in the shadows of a terrace or on a balcony.
Look away for an instant and she’s gone. Just like Rome. The city responds to his approach, offering up its beauty. It becomes “energetic and dynamic, charged with a fleeting beauty, joyous — the elements of the poetry in its everyday life”.
The city’s inhabitants take precedence over its monuments. “Today,” Miles Hyman says, “I realize that the Rome Travel Book could have been called Travel Book of the Romans. I absolutely wanted to capture the daily life of the inhabitants of this enchanting city with honesty and admiration — I am tempted to say “tenderness”. Why did I want to stress the human element of the city? Because, for me, the key to the city is the striking contrast between its ephemeral life and the eternal.
Miles Hyman is an illustrator of periodicals and adapts novels — most of them detective stories. He also writes graphic novels. His drawings give the impression that he could have been a writer, with a style somewhere in between that of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Joseph Conrad, or even a film director. It can be seen in the line, in the depth of the colours.Travel Books Illustration
On July 11th, 2018, Louis Vuitton reopens its newly expanded Flagship Store
The new store is defined as a travel destination, located at 3333 Bristol Street, fully renovated and redesigned by Peter Marino and features the first in-store atelier in the United States. Balancing old and new, Marino utilizes techniques and materials that reference the French history and craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton, while carefully integrating ultra-modern designs into the California store such as the twisting high tech carbon fiber shelving throughout which references the horizontal speed of travel.
Costa Mesa South Coast Plaza will offer a vast assortment of exclusive product available only at this location. Highlights include a metallic leopard print Petite Malle and Capucines mini, a crocodile version of the Christopher backpack, the Women’s Star Trail Monogram Ankle Boot with patches, the Men’s Trocadero Richelieu sneaker in a variety of Epi leathers and rabbit fur Wilderness blankets and pillows. From the ready-to-wear métier, exclusive versions of the Women’s skater dress and Men’s Split Hand LV print sweater and satin Warm Up shirt have been created just for Costa Mesa South Coast Plaza. To celebrate the opening, Louis Vuitton’s Diamond Blossom XL fine jewelry medallion will prelaunch at the store ahead of the worldwide launch.
The House has taken over the floor above the store for the first ever in-store workshop and resident artisan studio in the United States, creating the ultimate savoir-faire experience. Guests will be able to watch Louis Vuitton’s top artisans handcraft and restore pieces on-site in this authentic atelier. Costa Mesa South Coast Plaza’s main floor will feature a full time hand-painter who will be personalizing hard-sided travel pieces with custom motifs. More than just a means of identification, personalization sets a truly individual seal on an item, and epitomizes exclusivity and savoir-faire.
Louis Vuitton Costa Mesa South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, California 92626
Tel. (714) 662-6907
Monday to Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00AM – 6:30 PM
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For Pavel Pepperstein, Prague is a place of sentimental value with an almost protective character.
He arrived there from his native Russia at the age of fourteen and was “immediately struck by the beauty and mystery of this incredible city”, at that time less sophisticated and less of a tourist destination. The dilapidated state of certain deserted neighbourhoods served to reinforce the city’s enigmatic nature. “I have never since felt the force of that kind of presence, and never had such a strong sense of the essence of Europe anywhere else.” Pavel Pepperstein praises the city’s different neighbourhoods, such as the very popular St. Vitus Cathedral, and is equally enthusiastic about the dilapidated areas and semi-abandoned factories at the end of the tram lines.
Pavel Pepperstein is a multi-disciplinary artist, while drawing remains his core medium and raw material, he is also an author, theorist and musician. Ever observant and critical of the society he inhabits, in 2009 Pavel Pepperstein was chosen to represent Russia at the Venice Biennale.Travel Books Illustration
The Louis Vuitton City Guide alights in Arles for the Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival.
To celebrate the 2018 Rencontres d'Arles photography festival, the Louis Vuitton City Guide is alighting in Arles with a special edition that pays tribute to the Camargue city and its world-famous festival. Arles is being honoured by Louis Vuitton with almost 150 must-see addresses, chosen by independent, well-informed authors with an eye for the unusual. The Rencontres festival and its thirty or so exhibitions feature throughout the book, and top French designer Christian Lacroix takes us on a journey of discovery around his home town, sharing a few of his favourite places. On sale in bookstores as a limited edition, a digital version of the guide in French and English will also be available from the App Store during the festival.
And because travel is also about the art of living, Éditions Louis Vuitton will be running a pop-up book store throughout the festival, July 2 to September 23, at wine bar and delicatessen Le Buste et l'Oreille in central Arles, with special events and signing sessions with authors, artists and photographers.City Guide Arles