For the sake of a tie-dye Speedy bag, please stay home.
I will accept that spring is indefinitely over, but I refuse to accept that summer is cancelled. They will have to pry the hope of beach getaways from my over-sanitized hands. I am staying home for the health of my country and the promise of outdoor drinking. If summer 2020 does not arrive as promised, this is not the kind of world I want. Virtual dentist appointments and Zoom dating is not living. Do not ruin this for me, Brady Sluder.
Here’s the bright side: If there is any indication that we will be returning to our regularly scheduled programing of calling in sick on 80 degree days, it’s Louis Vuitton’s Escale Collection. Inspired by seaside holidays and traditional Japanese shibori textiles, it is everything we deserve after this meek existence of quarantined simulation. Because this collection exists, so must summer.
Featuring baggy Bermuda shorts worthy of Blue Crush, bikinis and bucket hats emblazoned with the LV monogram, a set of bulky hair claw clips you’d wear in middle school, and pink-tinted aviators straight from the early naughts, the Esacle Collection has “do you even surf?” written all over it. Seriously. There’s a $1,970 skim board on the website right now. Ready-to-wear and footwear comes in the form of slouchy pajamas and Breton stripes. If it’s a new bag that you crave, four of Louis Vuitton’s iconic silhouettes—the Neverfull tote, Keepall, Speedy, and Néo Noé—are cut from the same tie-dye cloth, dipped in wavy ocean blues, sweet pastels, and beetroot magentas.
As frivolous as fashion might feel in the middle of a global pandemic, you can’t deny the wholesome joy this collection brings. It’s sartorial escapism at its finest. We’re supposed to be spending right now and this collection is my civic duty. Take my money!