LEBOOK have announced the release of its 2009 New York edition, paying special tribute to the great Stephen Sprouse, fittingly alongside the 5th anniversary of the “punk glamor god’s,” passing, and with numerous other tributes being paid, especially from Louis Vuitton. This special edition of the French insider’s periodical is a great collectors piece.


LE BOOK — the international reference for the creative industry — announces the release of its New York 2009 edition, art by fashion “punk glamour god” and design icon Stephen Sprouse (1953 – 2004). This year  marks the five-year anniversary of Sprouse’s passing and LE BOOK is honored to have his work “dress” its publication, continuing a lineage of cover artists that includes Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto and Azzedine Alaïa. 

Sprouse is widely recognized as the “rock star” of ’80s and ’90s fashion, although his creativity extended beyond the runway to include designing album covers, sets, and multi-media installations while dressing the likes of Madonna, Courtney Love, and Mick Jagger. A member of the downtown club scene, Sprouse counted Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol among his close friends and muses. He is responsible for populari-zing Day-Glo fabrics, embossing pop-culture icons onto clothing, and hand-painting graffiti. His uncanny ability to blend high and low culture is best embodied in his creation of the infamous Louis Vuitton graffiti bag, and his influence can still be seen today in the advertising, fashion, music, and design worlds. 

A true collector’s item, LE BOOK New York 2009 showcases Sprouse’s unique rock-chic aesthetic influenced by art, glamour, and grit. It’s also one of several projects showcasing the designer’s work that help make 2009 the year of Stephen Sprouse. This month Marc Jacobs will pay his tributes with the launch of a limited-edition line of accessories and ready-to-wear for Louis Vuitton with designs from their 2001 collaboration; Deitch Projects will exhibit the Stephen Sprouse retrospective, “Rock on Mars”, and Roger and Mauricio Padilha will release The Stephen Sprouse Book. 

LE BOOK is honored to play a part in preserving Sprouse’s legacy. Although Sprouse’s life was tragically cut short in 2004 at the age of 50, rare snapshots and sketches from his wildly successful 1985 Spring collection are featured in the three-volume reference, cover-to-cover. 

For over 25 years, LE BOOK has defined itself as the go-to resource for the global creative community. With editions in New York, Paris, London, and soon to be Berlin, LE BOOK sources all needs related to image creation and branding while showcasing the world’s most inspirational talent. The New York 2009 reference will be available for purchase this coming March at select locations including Colette in Paris, 10 Corso Como in Milan, and MoMA Design Stores throughout the US.