If there’s any brand or designer collection that embodies what Whisker Fabulous stands for, it’s Louis Vuitton. I am just in love with the French design house’s Catogram Collection. Designed by iconic Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington and Louis Vuitton Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière, the collection is full of clothes, handbags and shoes for the stylish pet owner.
The entire is collection is a print with drawings of Coddington’s cat, Pumpkin and Blanket, and Ghesquière’s dog, Léon. The former model and long-time Vogue editor drew the animals herself.
Both designers say the collection is an homage to their pets. In a video produced by the French brand, Coddington tells viewers, “Blanket and Pumpkin…they’re always there for me. They cuddle up and are so soothing.” Ghesquière shares similar sentiments about his love of dogs, saying it’s “unconditional love.”
Coddington also remarks about the unique temperment of her Persian kitties. “When I try to take them to the country, they always hide. But it’s ok because they’re cats. I couldn’t live without them and they couldn’t live without me.”
Fashion designers designing collections around their pets is really nothing new. The late Karl Lagerfeld, Creative Director of the House of Chanel, designed his Resort Collection in 2016 around his beloved Birman cat, Choupette.
In both collections, the items sold out within days. Many of the pieces are now collectors items, which you can randomly find second hand, from sites like Ebay, the RealReal or Vestiaire. The items on these sites are going for as much as double as the original cost of the item, but I believe you will be able to snag these pieces used in a few years for a little less, as non-collector people clean out closets or downsize wardrobes.
I was able to snag the Catogram Speedy bag, which is Louis Vuitton’s iconic bag with the cat and dog print on it. Being a cat, the first thing I did was sit on it when my mom wasn’t looking. I was also able to get the monogram scarf… which I now use as a blanket. You may think this is extravagant for a cat like me to have these things, but that is who I am and that’s the mission of my blog.. to spread the word that cats represent luxury and are meant to be fancy.
I’m actually pleased that cats are really having an impact in the world of high fashion. Stella McCartney, Gucci, Lowe, Charlotte Olympia and many other luxury brands feature cats in their collections. The demographics of cat owners also tend to match the demographics of many women who buy these products. More women own cats than men, and women are the main audience for these designer collections.
I’m looking forward to seeing what else luxury designer brands do to elevate cats in social standing. The more cats are celebrated as status symbols of wealth and elitism, I believe the better the world will be for all felines. Every cat deserves to be fabulous in its own way.