About the project
"The piece of work titled 'Progress, 2021' looks at celebrating innovation and progress, which was the spirit of Mr. Vuitton - but not in design or product but within another space. Within social dynamics and culture, Louis was an innovator in where he positioned his first store, to the innovation and progress that distinguished his trunks from other mediocre ones. Louis Vuitton since has progressed by having a black artistic director today, in an industry of which there has not been many (only one other, Mr Ozwald Boateng) - who is trusted to carry forward the vision of the house in a new, dynamic and progressive manner. For me, this is a progressive step worth celebrating, as there are not many black people within the industry. But to add, there are not many black creative or artistic directors in the fashion industry working for the top luxury houses. So as we celebrate 200 years of great innovation and progress, let us continue to do this not just with the products and design, but as the House has shown - let us continue to do this in our society, our workplaces, and our sectors. Making for a more diverse, inclusive, and progressive fashion industry - and creative sector that speaks to all, and hears all."