The most beloved of those - the Putipanda is being released at select retailers in the upcoming weeks. The Murakami x Louis Vuitton Putipanda uses Murakami’s design and color to create two different sized plush items including a larger sized plush toy and a smaller mobile phone charm.
By now it employs around 100 artists, animators, writers and artisans and has an office in Tokyo, two studios in Tokyo suburbs and one in Long Island City, Queens. And of course he belongs to a long tradition of Japanese artists who lavished equal artistry on painted screens, ceramics, calligraphy or lacquerware boxes — which were in some ways the Vuitton bags of their time.
Besides that Team Murakami/Vuitton collaborated with Japanese agency SET to offer the first Designer QR Codes (Quick Response Code), which to date have been looking pretty boring. Those QR Codes are matrix codes which allows its contents to be decoded at high speed for example opening up links to retail commercials. (The New York Times)