In the celebrated world of Louis XIII Cognac, time is not merely a measure but a revered element, intricately woven into the essence of its craft. To celebrate this unique relationship with time, the illustrious House embarks on another artistic journey, this time paying homage to its rich heritage through the captivating project titled ‘100.’ This collaboration between Louis XIII Cognac and Kelly Limerick, also known as Kelly Lim, unfolds as a mesmerizing ode to time and tradition.
Kelly Lim, a prominent Singaporean visual artist specializing in crochet and knit as her primary mediums, brings her creative prowess to this venture. The result is an enchanting artwork that delves into the profound connections between time, materials, and the reinterpretation of traditional craftsmanship.
Louis XIII’s Ongoing Tribute to Time
This isn’t Louis XIII’s first foray into expressing its distinctive relation to time through innovative projects. In 2015, the House announced the making of the thought-provoking film ‘100 Years,’ a cinematic vision of Earth a century from now, starring actor John Malkovich and directed by Robert Rodriguez. Inspired by the century-long craftsmanship in creating each Louis XIII Cognac decanter, the film also served as a testament to the brand’s patience and dedication.
In 2017, Louis XIII continued its commitment to meaningful collaborations with an initiative alongside Pharrell Williams. The duo crafted a powerful song titled “100 Years,” aiming to inspire action in the fight against global warming. The unique approach included a special listening party in Shanghai, where the song was played exclusively, symbolizing the potential loss of artistic creations if urgent measures against climate change were not taken.
Tradition and Artistry
Fast forward to the present, Louis XIII Cognac once again embraces the intersection of tradition and artistry. Teaming up with crochet artist Kelly Limerick, the House unfolds a mesmerizing narrative in the form of ‘100.’ This intricate artwork not only pays tribute to the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship but also symbolizes a reverence for the earth’s enduring beauty and the passage of time.
The collaborative masterpiece, ‘100,’ stands as a testament to Limerick’s dedication and the intricate process of creating Louis XIII Cognac. Unravelled and reworked 100 times, mirroring the laborious production of the precious liquid, the sculpture embodies the relentless pursuit of creativity. The vessel, cradling soil from Cognac’s vineyards, symbolizes the spring of life that matures into the layers of flavour in Louis XIII, showcasing the intertwined concepts of time and artistic heritage.
Challenges and Dedication
Limerick’s confession of the physical and creative challenges faced during the four-month creation process resonates with the arduous production of Louis XIII Cognac. Both demand dedication, time, and a commitment to excellence. The final sculpture, a hollow fountain, reflects not only the essence of Louis XIII but also the unwavering pursuit of artistic exploration.
Perspective on Time
Anne-Laure Pressat, Executive Director of Louis XIII Cognac, expresses gratitude for Limerick’s collaboration, highlighting her understanding of Louis XIII’s perspective on time. Time, for Louis XIII, is a source of inspiration bridging the past, present, and future. This aligns seamlessly with Limerick’s commitment to preserving artistic heritage for generations to come.
The Significance of ‘100
Crafted in collaboration with Louis XIII The Drop, ‘100’ encapsulates the brand’s commitment to spontaneous luxury. This 1cl bottle, retailing at Tatler Bar, signifies a generation of nomads, offering a unique experience of Louis XIII Cognac. The intricate details and symbolic elements of ‘100’ resonate with the cognac’s layers, showcasing a harmonious blend of creativity and tradition.
In the unveiling of ‘100,’ Louis XIII Cognac and Kelly Limerick have seamlessly intertwined the worlds of craftsmanship and artistry. The collaboration not only pays homage to the brand’s rich heritage but also signifies a forward-thinking approach to luxury. As ‘100’ stands as a testament to dedication and creativity, it invites us to reflect on the timeless beauty that emerges when tradition meets the boundless possibilities of artistic expression.