Sofia and Louis

That old adage "Necessity is the mother of invention" might be what motivated director Sofia Coppola to venture into Louis Vuitton's workshop in Asnières, a suburb of Paris, looking for the perfect handbag. "I couldn't find one I liked, so I was going to custom-order one from Vuitton," says Coppola. One thing led to another, and she found herself designing a capsule collection of handbags and shoes for the French luxury house. The line includes a simple shoulder bag, above, 1940s-inspired wedge sandals and an evening clutch trimmed in gold piping and topped off with an Art Deco--style clasp. To ensure...

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