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Lee Rosenbaum, author of CultureGrrl, blogs about spotting a Richard Prince “joke bag,” sold and marketed under the Louis Vuitton tag, at her neighborhood mall. Rosenbaum wonders “whether a Vuitton boutique may be added to the Guggenheim-organized Richard Prince show that opened Saturday at the Walker.” A quick answer to Rosenbaum’s query comes with a […]

Lee Rosenbaum, author of CultureGrrl, blogs about spotting a Richard Prince “joke bag,” sold and marketed under the Louis Vuitton tag, at her neighborhood mall. Rosenbaum wonders “whether a Vuitton boutique may be added to the Guggenheim-organized Richard Prince show that opened Saturday at the Walker.”

A quick answer to Rosenbaum’s query comes with a stroll to the Walker shop, where a table of products timed to the Prince exhibition is stocked with dozens of posters, postcards, DVDs of films Prince selected as personally inspiring, and stacks of handsome, shrink-wrapped exhibition catalogues. Alas, no handbags.

“It’s a very high-end line and a very specific distribution. It’s not something (Vuitton) would just sell to anyone, anywhere,” says Nancy Gross, director of merchandising and facility rental at the Walker. “Will I look into it? Maybe.”