The Louis Vuitton Exhibit VOLEZ, VOGUEZ, VOYAGEZ, meaning ‘the art of travel” is in its last week at the American Stock Exchange in New York.  The exhibit gives the history of Louis Vuitton from its inception in 1854 to the present.  It is done through portraits, products and interactive experiences.


The house was known for creating trunks from all elements of travel such as yacht, automobile, planes and trains.  For each of the forms of travel trunks were created.  Yachting was the first mode of travel that the trunks were created for.  People would travel with as many as 15 trunks for there clothing with house each look for the day which consisted of about 4 outfits per day.  Automobiles didn’t have car trunks originally and the luggage trunks would be tied the the back of the car to carry storage.  This is where the name for the automobile trunk derived from.


During the aviation boom the aero trunk held 2 pieces of clothing, 1 overcoat, 10 shirts, 3 night gowns, 3 pair of underwear, 3 waistcoats, 6 pairs of socks, 12 handkerchiefs , 1 pair of shoes, 18 detachable collars, gloves, ties an hats.  They also created custom trunks for celebrities, such as Liz Taylor and Greta Garbo that was made to their specific needs and size.  For travel by train the cabin trunk was slid under the sleeper wagon and travel bags were being carried by modern travelers. To identify where the traveler was going each truck had a sticker placed on it with the country that is was heading for.  It became sort of a status symbol to show that you were well traveled and similar to having your passport stamped today.

The famous LV monogram was created in 1896 in honor of the founder 4 years after his death.  The Damier pattern that the eye looks like it is stamped print is actually woven into the leather to create the checkered pattern.  The famous Noe drawstring bag was orginally used for carrying bottles of wine.  Many of the Louis Vuitton pieces that we have come to know and love all started out as some form of bag for functional bag for travel and now are fashionable arm candy.  Louis Vuitton also didn’t start making apparel until 1996 when Marc Jacobs came on as Creative Director.


I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour which gave us some background on the House of Louis Vuitton.  Though the  guided tour is totally book for this last week you can still go on your to view the exhibit which will be on display until January 7th.  Here is the website to sign up for tickets.


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