Skateboards and Louis Vuitton? It is a rather unlikely combination. However, the unlikely association came to the fore back in 2009, when the fashion house launched the Stephen Sprouse collection.
Stephen Sprouse was a well-known graffiti artist and fashion designer back in the 1980s. So Louis Vuitton went all out prior to the launch of their Sprouse-inspired collection. The plan was to recreate the feel of Stephen Sprouse, so the launch was held at Louis Vuitton’s boutique at SoHo’s Greene Street, close to Sprouse’s regular hangouts. A six-foot neon light installation of Sprouse’s famous Rose motif was one the highlights of the window display during the launch.
In keeping with the fun appeal of Sprouse’s creations, Louis Vuitton covered the façade of the Greene Street store with vinyl, and then spray-painted all over it. The skateboards were designed by Louis Vuitton as one of the highlights of the Stephen Sprouse collection launch.
These skateboards were covered in brightly colored graphiti. But these skateboards were nothing like the usual run-of-the-mill skateboards. They came with the huge price tag of $8,250 per piece. Clearly, this is among the most expensive skateboards ever created.
If you are not sure whether this is an appropriate price for a skateboard, the packaging might convince you otherwise. These ultra-expensive skateboards are packaged in hard case skateboard trunk bearing Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram pattern. Moreover, these skateboards are a limited edition collection of three pieces only. A Stephen Sprouse tee with the Rose motif was also sold with each skateboard.