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On display at V&A South Kensington
Bags: Inside Out, Room 40

International Woman

Suitcase
2004 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In 2004, the French handbag-maker Longchamp launched their internationally recognised line of ‘Le Pliage’ bags, a practical, lower-priced handbag collection made from inexpensive materials such as nylon. To celebrate the line's 10-year anniversary, Longchamp asked artist Tracey Emin to collaborate on a collection. Emin’s art is highly confessional and draws upon her life experiences in a variety of media that include story-telling, drawing, filmmaking, installation, painting, neon, photography and appliquéd textiles. Emin included some of her favoured techniques to create the Longchamp line, including destruction and reconstruction of textiles, patchwork, embroidery and painting.

Emin’s Longchamp bags were linked to a narrative she had crafted. In Emin’s story, an ‘International Woman’ travelled from one city to another, in search of an ‘International Love’ with an ‘International Man’.

Longchamp produced this suitcase in a limited edition of two hundred, each with a personal connection to the artist. Each copy carried a rosette upon which Emin drew the Longchamp logo. Each rosette also included a handwritten name of a street, city, or hotel which reminded the artist of a romantic moment or encounter from her own life. This bag's location of inspiration was Canterbury.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Printed cotton and wool felt
Brief Description
Suitcase, wool, cotton, leather, 'International Woman' by Tracey Emin for Longchamp, France, 2004.
Physical Description
This rectangular-shaped fabric suitcase features a patchwork design of printed floral cotton and pink and maroon-coloured wool felt. It has brown wool felt handles and features a ribbon trimmed cotton rosette at the top right-hand corner. Letters cut from wool felt are arranged to form words and phrases and are sewn onto the side, front and back panels.
Dimensions
  • Length: 48cm
  • Height: 36.5cm
  • Width: 16cm
Production typeLimited edition
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Tracey Emin (Label on top panel, on the left-hand side.)
  • CANTERBURY / LONGCHAMP / Tracey Emin (Handwritten on rosette, featured in the top right-hand corner of the front panel.)
  • Inter / National / Women / Me every time (Spelt out in letters cut from wool-felt on front panel.)
  • You / Said / You / Loved / Me (Spelt out in letters cut from wool felt on right-hand side panel.)
  • Alone (Spelt out in letters cut from wool felt on top panel.)
  • And / Then / You / Found / Me (Spelt out in letters cut from wool felt on right-hand side panel.)
  • Ive been in love / All over the world (Spelt out in letters cut from felt on the bottom panel.)
  • Seni Sevi / Yorum / Ya Habe Be / Mon Sherie (Spelt out in letters cut from wool felt on the back panel.)
Gallery Label
  • To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Longchamp’s foldable 'Le Pliage' bags, the brand invited British artist Tracey Emin to design 200 different suitcases. She was inspired by the story of a woman travelling in search of love. Each suitcase carries a unique rosette signed by Emin and inscribed with the name of a different city, one for each place that reminds her of a moment of love, in this instance Canterbury. V&A, Room 40, Bags: Inside Out. (12/2020)
  • The Friends of the V & A have often assisted in the acquisition of objects for this collection. This suitcase was made by the French handbag-maker Longchamp. In 2004 they commissioned British artist Tracey Emin to design a group of bags. Her suitcase entitiled 'International Woman' is one of a limited edition of two hundred.
Credit line
Given by Longchamp and supported by the Friends of the V&A
Historical context
In 2004 French handbag-maker Longchamp commissioned British artist Tracey Emin to design a group of bags. Her suitcase entitiled 'International Woman' is one of a limited edition of two hundred.
Summary
In 2004, the French handbag-maker Longchamp launched their internationally recognised line of ‘Le Pliage’ bags, a practical, lower-priced handbag collection made from inexpensive materials such as nylon. To celebrate the line's 10-year anniversary, Longchamp asked artist Tracey Emin to collaborate on a collection. Emin’s art is highly confessional and draws upon her life experiences in a variety of media that include story-telling, drawing, filmmaking, installation, painting, neon, photography and appliquéd textiles. Emin included some of her favoured techniques to create the Longchamp line, including destruction and reconstruction of textiles, patchwork, embroidery and painting.



Emin’s Longchamp bags were linked to a narrative she had crafted. In Emin’s story, an ‘International Woman’ travelled from one city to another, in search of an ‘International Love’ with an ‘International Man’.



Longchamp produced this suitcase in a limited edition of two hundred, each with a personal connection to the artist. Each copy carried a rosette upon which Emin drew the Longchamp logo. Each rosette also included a handwritten name of a street, city, or hotel which reminded the artist of a romantic moment or encounter from her own life. This bag's location of inspiration was Canterbury.
Bibliographic Reference
Bags V&A Exhibition (Project)Bags: Inside Out (2020) Lucia Savi, V&A Publishing, pg 38
Collection
Accession Number
T.30:1-2005

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