I was very thankful and honored to be witness to the art captured at this museum expo and have a newfound respect for Vuitton.
Who would have known the house of Vuitton started off with a fourteen-year-old trekking to Paris on a two-year journey by foot? Once Vuitton settled down, he immediately snagged a job as a box maker/packer apprentice for Roman Maréchal. Little did he know that this was the beginning of his trademarked label in trunks and luggages. Each room in the LVNYCVVV takes on its own representation of Vuitton and his vision throughout the building as well as the branding of his label.
The first rooms hold some of the first pieces assembled by Vuitton himself. He includes elements such as locks, ribbon tufting and canvas motifs that were an exclusive distinction to his brand alone during the beginning era of travel luggage.
Furthermore, the showcase in ROOM 2 featured all the materials used in the manufacturing of a trunk.
(TOOLS USED BY LOUIS VUITTON HIMSELF TO CREATE SOME OF HIS EARLIEST WORK)
Not only were the tools that Vuitton used vital, the choices of wood that he used for his trunks were an essential element as well. His choices of wood were known to reflect the forested landscapes of his native village in Franche-Comté, with wood being the heart of his passion; he was keen on using certain woods for specific reasons. He applied reinforcements and interior with beech, camphor tree for pest control, and rosewood for a pleasant fragrance. These critical components of his early trunk work not only distinguished his work amongst his peers, but became a staple in his line to many of his trunks and special luggage orders to this day also on display in showcase 3. Moving along to the third showcase, you can see the evolvement of his “classic trunks”. Here, we can see the color schemes, motifs, shapes, and designs the house continued to enrich in their vocabulary of volume.
Without a shroud of doubt, Vuitton claims the reputation of “safely packing the most fragile objects” with a “specialization fashion packaging“ in his time.
Leaving the prior room in awe, and with newfound respect for Vuitton, you can bear witness to the upcoming showcase rooms 4,5,6. These showcase the timely transition of the famous Vuitton trunks into compact and convenient travel luggage. You can also find some of his earliest automobile, aviation, and train luggage from the early twentieth century.
(Special order pieces for Mr. Citroën from his colonial exposition of the 1931 crossing of the Silk Road through Asia)
(EARLY AUTOMOBILE PICNIC TRUNK MAKING PIT STOPS ALONG THE WAY ESSENTIAL)
In addition to Vuitton accommodating all modes of travel in all the rooms, in room 4 he allowed himself to break the norm of luggage as we know it today; in the earliest twentieth century Mr Vuitton invented the steamer bag, which in return revolutionized the creative industry of hand luggage and served as a prototype for highly successful future manipulations in the fashion industry.
(FIRST LINE OF LV STEAMER BAGS EST. Early twentieth century)
Stepping into rooms 7-10 gives us another vision of Vuitton. After his death in 1882, the beauty of fashionable luggage captured Vuitton’s sons Gaston-Louis Vuitton and is perfectly represented in the last of the showcase rooms. In ROOM 7 you can see the Vuitton’s love for fashionable luggage with his own personal collection of trunks he acquired from his travels.
Room 8 capitalizes on the gleam and glamour of LV. The next two rooms showcase a multitude of stars and impressive individuals in his era who solely trusted their beloved belongings to the trunks or luggages of Louis Vuitton.
(DRESSING TABLE IN MOROCCO LEATHER EST.1935)
(WARDROBE CLOSET WITH FOLDOUT IRONING TABLE AND REMOVABLE HANGERS)
Here you can see some of his most stylish luggage that accommodates all the beauty needs of the rich and famous.
Room 8 showcases the sophisticated dandies and collaborations with Vuitton from popular designers. It also showcases the latest collaboration from 1996 (when other famous designers celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the monogram canvas) until now with fashion designers such as Manolo Blahnik, Helmut Lang, Azzedine Alaia, Yayoi Kusama and Vivienne Westwood.
(LOUIS VUITTON IN COLLABORATION WITH SUPREME, SKATEBOARD TRUNK IN MONOGRAM SUPREME CANVAS, FALL-WINTER 2017-2018)
Following the year of the Anniversary was another cornerstone collect for the house of Vuitton. With the new Artistic Director Marc Jacobs, they secured their spot in the realm of ready-to-wear fashion. Overseeing the position for over 16 years, he always made sure that his taste for contemporary art was nurtured.
By inviting the entire spectrum of artistry and artists, he was able to see their vision and translation of the vocabulary of trunks and bags through various collaborations.
In conclusion, Louis Vuitton became the leader in olden (and modern) travel luggage. He sought out to produce innovative and efficient trunk luggage, and with each passing collection or line, Vuitton styles continues its relevancy of its convenient and chic brand. Louis Vuitton – Fashion Mogul.
A fantastic adventure on the life of Mr. Louis Vuitton .
Today, a few understand Vuitton’s vision by collecting his precious trunks. Among them Alexandre Soleyman, collector and dealer of Vuitton trunks, is perpetuating Mr Vuitton’s legacy with his company The Well Traveled Trunk. He has some of the most beautiful Vuitton’s trunks in his artillery and lucky for us they are available for purchase https://thewelltraveledtrunk.com/
BY Drake Pearson
Preppy Trendy Mag Collaborator