From now until the end of June, fans of steamer trunks should head over to the Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands for the Malle Extraordinaire exhibition. With a long and illustrious history, Louis Vuitton has garnered many fans around the world, some more prominent than others. To celebrate this and to allow the public to explore this history, the brand has flown in several heritage trunks to Singapore.
You would be amazed at how well preserved the trunks are, given that some were created nearly a century ago. However, given that this is Louis Vuitton, a brand renowned in its superior woodwork and leather craftsmanship, this has to be expected. Using materials such as Gaboon and Beech wood, the trunks are sturdy creations that can withstand hard knocks while allowing for the natural expansion of the wood.
On display, are trunks that once held the possessions of royalty and historical figures; clients included Napoleon III’s wife Empress Eugénie de Montijo, the Maharajas of Jammu and the royal family of Egypt. These trunks from the company’s archives even bear the customs stamps as well as shipping and boarding labels that serve as a memento of its original owner’s travels.
Many of these historic trunks were even personalized along with the emblematic monogram or Damier print, allowing the trunk to be recognized from afar. While hat cases may be of little use today and a wardrobe trunk for timepieces may not be the kind of luggage we see often, the Malle Extraordinaire gives us a chance to travel back in time. While the past may very well be in the past, some traditions may never die, which explains why Louis Vuitton still constructs some of its luggage by hand, much like it did in 1854.
The Malle Extraordinaire exhibition will be on display at Louis Vuitton Island Maison at Marina Bay Sands until June 30.
When Louis Vuitton started out as a trunk company way back in the 19th century, there was little to indicate that it would become one of the most powerful French luxury brands in the world. Right up to present times, the company draws constant inspiration from those original trunk designs. The Louis Vuitton Fifty Five (the ‘Fifty Five’ comes from the roman numerals LV) is one of those – the timepiece takes its cues from aluminum military trunks forged in the past.
Louis Vuitton is collaborating for the first time with the Rugby World Cup to design a case for the Webb Ellis Cup, the sport’s biggest prize.
The case has been hand-made in LV’s workshop outside of Paris, featuring the designer’s iconic Monogram canvas and brass locks. The case opens from the front and at the top in order to easily remove the trophy.
Spectators will get their first look at the case during the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham on October 31.
Louis Vuitton’s handiwork will be broadcast around the world when the World Cup trophy is taken out of its bespoke monogram case and presented to the winning captain following the final of the global football bonanza.
It will be the second time the Louis Vuitton case has been used, following on from the 2010 finals in South Africa. Commissioned that year by FIFA, the case was handmade in the brand’s Asnières, France workshops and was custom-designed to fit the 36cm high, solid gold and malachite trophy.
As with all Louis Vuitton trunks, the case is covered in the classic monogram canvas, with a brass lock and reinforced brass corners.
Previous special commissions include a portable tea service for the Maharaja of Baroda as well as the case for the silver ewer of the America’s Cup, the world’s oldest sporting trophy, which dates back to 1851.
The massive trunk measures 100 feet long and 30 feet high. It’s actually a pavilion set up, in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum to host an exhibition of the company’s luggage for the next six weeks.
But despite their apparently insatiable appetite for luxury brands, Muscovites saw the structure as a tacky. That message appears to have finally gotten the Kremlin’s ear.
Russian officials today reportedly announced they would have the massive structure removed, citing complaints from residents as well has building code violations.
A spokesman for the GUM shopping center, which takes up one side of Red Square and is home to LV and other ultra-high end shops, also said it would ask the company to remove the suitcase.
The trunk was not only considered an eyesore, but also an impediment to the upcoming New Year’s celebrations. Muscovites usually gather in the square for fireworks and drinking at midnight and were not happy about the prospects of sharing the space with a massive suitcase.
A giant Louis Vuitton trunk has been assembled in Moscow’s Red Square ahead of the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the famous fashion brand.
The “Red Square trunk” is a gigantic replica of monogrammed luggage owned by Russian Prince Vladimir Orlov, who was part of the Imperial Family.
From December 2, 2013 to January 19, 2014, a special Louis Vuitton exhibition will be held in Moscow dedicated to legendary adventurers and travelers entitled ‘L’Ame du Voyage’ (or The Soul of Travel).
The visitors will discover the history of the House and the Louis Vuitton family as well as the history of new design through various artistic collaborations.
The exhibition will spotlight famous travellers that led them to meeting Louis Vuitton including: Karen Blixen, Pierre de Brazza Savorgnan, Sofia Coppola, Catherine Deneuve, Isadora Duncan, the Empress Eugenie, Greta Garbo, Zaha Hadid, Ernest Hemingway, Damien Hirst and more.
The trunk-bed, steamer trunk, tea case, toiletry kit, circus trunk, library trunk, and caviar box are just a few of the many incredible pieces featured at the show, along with their incredible stories.
The app has pretty much the same content as the book, including images of the most spectacular trunks and cases created on commission by Louis Vuitton, 1000 illustrations and even an ad catalogue from 1892. Continue reading →
On May 2, 2012 Louis Vuitton opened its Taipei 101 Maison on the forth and fifth floor of the iconic Taipei 101 skyscraper, the second tallest building in the world.
As an exclusive for the store, three special-order tea trunks carrying tea sets designed by Hsiao Fan Pottery Art were made. Each was sold for 1.7 million Taiwan dollars ($40,000) during a shopping preview for VIP clients. Continue reading →