The Louis Vuitton “Barbès” Bag: Genuine Imitation

Investigation by Vangelis Athanassopoulos

We live in an “age of migration”. The geopolitical changes over the last twenty-five years only prove so, showing along the way what role art and culture can play when it comes to the challenges globalization poses to the imagination and representation. The following text discusses the “Barbès bag” created by Marc Jacobs in 2007 for the Louis Vuitton house, an imitation of the popular shopping-bag-turned-symbol of the migrating classes.