It’s a mighty long way from El Capitan to the Louis Vuitton flagship on the Champs-Élysées, but don’t mention that to Virgil Abloh. For his fall 2019 collection, Mr. Abloh, the creative director for men’s wear at Vuitton, introduced a chalk bag, not unlike the kind climbers like the free soloist Alex Honnold use to attack rock walls with little more than their limbs and their nerve.
Traditional outfitters like Marmot, North Face, and Black Diamond make versions of the bucket-shaped carryall for holding the chalk crucial to keeping climbers’ hands dry as they scale crags and mark ticks on rock faces. Most sell for around $20.
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