Maroquinaris Zoologicae by Billie Achilleos

Posted on February 02, 2012

Darlings, here’s your pretty AND your whimsy for the day. Louis Vuitton commissioned British artist Billie Achilleos to create a series of animals titled “Maroquinaris Zoologicae” using leather accessories to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

J’ADORABLE. We want an LV kitty!



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    • Sobaika Mirza

      Attack of the Louis Crabs!!! 

      Coming to a theater near you.

      • Anonymous

        That one looks a little creepy doesn’t it. Also the scorpion looking one.

        • Deborah Jozayt

          I want the person from this video to be given the Owl one:

        • mellbell

          I think it’s a beetle.

    • Cortney Dean

      Oh I adore this. What a great blend of fashion and art… I want them all!

    • P M

      The owl’s cute, there';s a lot of real fur, I think :(, but that chameleon: WANT!!!

    • Christine Harding Hart

      Are these the same ones that were in the LV window in NYC last year? 

    • Vaniljekjeks

      I love the crab and chameleon!  And I am a crazy cat lady, I know, but I would totally carry around the cat one.  I want one customized to look like my cats.

    • Tadiana Walton Jones

      Best zoo ever.

    • Anonymous

      Amazing :)

    • Anonymous

      Back in the old  days  when you could walk across the international bridge to Matamoros , Mexico , they used to sell purses made out of Armadillo’s at the tourist mercado. I think they cost about $5 US.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks for the instant trip down memory lane! The serious beer drinkers always wanted to drive across in order to bring back cheap Corona, the tequila fans and the dilettante drinkers always advocated for walking, which was so much simpler.  

    • Susana Reyes

      So creative. I love them all.

    • Anonymous

      Creative and beautiful. I love them all.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, these are so fun! The kitty really is the best, with the gecko, roosters, and cobra not far behind.

      • Anonymous

        Rooster is great!!

    • J Dreesen

      Man, i hope the rabbit wasn’t made with rabbit fur (a case of the “too soon?”s indeed!).

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    • Anonymous

      WOW, love love love it. The concept might be good for a sculpture challenge on Work of Art.

      • Deborah Jozayt

        Or even project accessory!

    • Elena

      Wow, so creative! Awesome.

    • Anonymous

      Oh, I find the kitty horrifying! 

    • Anonymous

      WANT WANT WANT!!!  And I don’t even like LV usually.  I gasped with delight each time I scrolled down.

    • Anonymous

      I like whimsy.  The doggie – which would be my go-to –  is tres boring, though

    • Anonymous

      Actually for me the frog and the owl were the most clever and useful. Several (including, sadly the cat) for me appeared to be nothing more than sculptures (not that that’s a bad thing necessarily) with little or utility.

    • Belle Burnett

      I want it ALL!

    • Anonymous

      That frog is darling!

    • Sarah Asarnow

      I love the hedgehog! He just looks so EVIL.

    • MandyJane

      The rooster is awesome.

    • Anonymous

      All the ones with fur on ’em freak me the fuck out for some reason–maybe too real in some horrible mutant alien way, I dunno–but I LOVE the rest. The frog is my favorite, because I love the expression on its “face,” but the iguana is amazingly beautiful.

    • Emily Myers

      Love, love, love them all!  The coin purse for the snake head was clever.

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    • Kathryn

      Wait.  Now what?

    • Stephen Bornstein

      …..and I thought turning my vintage LV suitcase into a side-table was cute

    • Anonymous

      Is the iguana one actually based off of a real LV design? If it’s not I’d love to see them use those scales on everything.

    • MilaXX

      LOL Glad to hear this is just a display and not some hideous bag line. 

    • Anonymous

      i definitely want all of these!

    • tylka5

      Beautiful and fun!

    • Anonymous

      j’adorable.  the frog with the zipper mouth is kind of scary.  i want the little boston bull terrier.

    • Lattis

      Love love love love love. Thanks for this! :)

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    • TigerLaverada

      How clever! I love the chameleon and the grasshopper. 

    • Ass Kicking Adviser

      Wow. That is so amazingly creative. My daughter and I were having so much fun identifying the various ‘pieces’ of the bags that they used for the animals. How fun!

    • Susan Crawford

      O.M.G. The kitty looks SOOO much like my Little Rain – I must have this! And the rabbit is adorable, and the dear little wee mouse, and the chameleon, and . . . oh, hell’s bells, just ship me one of each. Just so wonderful to see creativity like this – thanks T and Lo! You guys made my day MUCH brighter.

    • Wrenaria

      Those are all so AMAZING!

    • RL McGruder

      Ooooh, the rooster and the snake for me!

    • Anonymous

      The rabbit is SO cute! And my sister would kill for that frog.

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    • Barbie

      These are fantastic.  Absolutely.   Want the cat (unless that’s real fur).  The toad’s pretty damn cool, too.  Well, they all are.  Thanks so much for posting these, TLo; would have never seen them otherwise!

    • Anonymous

      Brilliant!!  Thank you for sharing!  Being a shoe girl, I’d never have dreamed I could squeee like this over purse-parts.

    • Aaron Blair

      That bunny is scary.  It wants to eat my soul.  Everything else is cute.

    • Anonymous

      I’m not much of a fan of the brand but the rooster is fabulous!

    • Katy Morris McDermott

      Oh my god. Stop it right now! This is AMAZING!

    • Anonymous


    • Anonymous

      um. Okay. LOL 

    • Lauren Lynch Fox

      love the bunny :) and the frog too!

    • Anonymous

      These all made me smile, especially the chameleon, mouse, and owl. (Although, WTH, no turtle?)

    • Sarah

      My KYOOT meter has now officially malfunctioned. I worked it pretty hard watching the Nature wolverine special last night on PBS, but then come the LV animals…must have porcupine bag with mousie change purse!!!!

    • Cassie

      Sorry boys, but I gotta disagree. These creep me the fuck out. Especially the ones with fur – eek!

    • Anonymous

      That is one cool chameleon. The crows and the frog crack me up. The kitty is a little bit creepy.

    • Anonymous

      OMG!! so frickin cute!

    • Martha Anderson

      they are all wonderful!

      I love whimsy like this.  The Owl looks so smug.  The crab is delightful and the eyes on the chameleon are perfect

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      Strange and wonderful!

    • Jen Freeman

      Love the squirrel and owl

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    • Ria V

      I need that owl in my life.

    • Anonymous

      How fun!  Lots of creativity to make so many different creatures…it’s pretty entertaining to see the animal, then try to figure out what accessories are making it up.  Very clever idea.

    • Anonymous

      Finally, a good use for Louis Vuitton’s hideous bags …

    • SkipperJane

      I’ve seen a video about the making of these before, but it’s neat to see the complete set.  The chameleon is still my favorite.  

    • Anonymous

      Until now I never wanted anything to do with LV.    From tacky and “look at me” to whimsical and fabulous!

      • Anonymous

        I am right there with you! This is the first time I’ve ever seen something with that LV logo on it that I’ve actually thought was interesting and worth owning!

    • Emily Smith

      ZOMG so much cute

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    • Brad and Anne White

      Adorbs. Totally fab!

    • Anonymous

      Some good, some bad, some looks like “Work of Art”  scraps.

    • Anonymous

      I love the doggie, and I like the grasshopper and the hedgehog. That cat! I thought it was a real cat when I first looked at the thumbnail.

    • Sarah Adams

      I want the chameleon! That cat is scary though and I say that as a confirmed cat lady. 

    • butter nut

      amazing.  but also horribly horribly disturbing.

    • Sarafina Angstadt-Leto

      Adore the hedgehog.

    • Anonymous

      There’s a clever video here:
      showing the artist working on some of the pieces. Also a few more designs in this series.
      Fun and fabulous!

    • Anonymous

      OMG the owl!! LOVE!

    • Anonymous

      I like the dog and the cockerel and I love and want the robin. But the cat, rabbit and hedgehog look like scary reanimated roadkill!

    • Anonymous

      I want the chameleon. The ones with fur (except the squirrel) look kinda creepy though. But all the others are so cute

    • Danielle

      I’m not anti-fur, but the furry ones kinda creep me out.   Maybe they just look like an actual dead thing.

      Some of these are really clever though – the scarab, frog, gecko, grasshopper, and chicken…and I think the crab could actually be legit, real-world clutch.

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    • Anonymous

      Really clever!!..and so cute!!..I wanna LV kitty too!!! I won’t have to scoop HIS poop every day…guess I’d have to get him a Prada litter pan?

    • Anonymous

      Um, just too… weird. Count me out on this one.

    • Jessica TallGirl Freeman

      Oh I just love me an artistic mind. I would have never come up with such things. Brilliant.

    • Anonymous

      It’s original, yes, but it creeps me out for the most part.

    • Anonymous

      The ones with the fur look a bit like a real animal is trapped in their, but I really like some of these (like the cobra and the chameleon). 

    • Laura O’Gorman

      I. WANT. ALL OF THESE. So cute!

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    • Anonymous

      OOOO! Want Them Now! Can’t even choose. I WANT THEM ALL!

    • Anonymous

      I’m a little weirded out by the fur.  I know it’s not rational, but I have this thing that if I eat the cow, then it is actually common sense to wear leather because it uses more of the cow.  I do not however eat any of the animals that typically provide fur, so somehow that seems different.  That and it is easier to distance yourself from what leather and steak used to be.  Fur just makes it too real I think.  Anyway, I think the cat is the creapiest of all, since it looks like they actually tortured a real cat by putting the leather armor on it!  On the other hand, I think there would be a market for a real bag based off the owl…

    • Kevin VanOrd

      OMG the rooster. 

    • Ahad Zaki Abdul

      I don’t know, in my mind there is something grotesque about using leather and fur to create sculptures of animals.

    • Jessica Charlotte Siewierkiewi

      You can get me to buy nearly everything if it features an owl.

    • JillK

      These are amazing. I want the frog, the cobra and the armadillo, please.

      Oh, and the grasshopper and the owl, too. Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      These are wonderful! Love the frog, chameleon, the two birds, porcupine, cobra, and most especially the cat. What fun and whimsy. :)

    • Lisa

      I love these!  Wow, how incredible – what a huge amount of work to create something so fanciful!  I do admit, I’m not crazy about the ones with the fur, just because they look like some kind of semi-taxidermy thing; they’re a tad creepy.  The rest are wonderful!

    • Anonymous

      I’ll take the owl, please.

      But I do think someone has a bit too much time on their hands!!

    • Amy Ennis

      The cat is too creepy so I was prepared not to like the collection. I like the ones that look less like actual animals and more like fashionable interpretations. Love the cobra and the birds. 

    • Anonymous

      It’s stuff like this that remind me again that we’re all just basically marking time until death.

    • ElitheMonkey

      I want puppy so bad! It’s probably the only dog I could have, since I’m allergic to them all. 

    • Kristina Toma

      I absolutely adore whimsy (probably more than the average person) but there’s a gross disconnect for me (both literally and figuratively) when leather is used to create animal sculptures. It’s just…like fashioned taxidermy.

      But I do adore that owl!