Recently, TIME magazine released their annual favorite "TIME 100," which picks 100 of the most influential people of each year. What really caught me off gaurd was the pick of Takashi Murakami. Not to mention, the author of the specific entry was MARC JACOBS. This is some of what Mr. Jacobs had to say:

"When I first saw Takashi Murakami's work, I smiled and wondered, Where did this explosion come from? Who was responsible for this collision of psychedelia, manga and, well, art? Then I thought, I would love it if the mind that imagined this dizzying world of jellyfish eyes, singing moss, magic mushrooms and morphing creatures would be willing to have a go at the iconic Louis Vuitton monogram.

So I e-mailed Takashi. And he answered. Before long, there he was, standing in my Paris office, wearing his round, wire-rimmed glasses, skeleton-print T shirt, baggy short pants and a sort of samurai ponytail. He looked like a cool skater kid, an eternal teenager.

He and his crew, with total respect for Vuitton's heritage, were eager to contribute to the creation of a new chapter."


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