Louis Vuitton's Updated Travel Trunks
by justin min
LEFT TO RIGHT: Président briefcase in Damier Graphite ($5,150), Alzer 70 in Damier Graphite ($7,350), three watch case in Damier Graphite ($780), wallet in Damier Graphite ($780), and Alzer 65 in Damier Graphite ($7,200); bottom: Alzer 75 in Damier Graphite ($7,500), Louis Vuitton. 919 N. Michigan Ave., 312-944-2010
Since the days of fur trapper Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable, Chicago’s waterways and expansive rail system have connected the Midwest to the rest of the world—which perhaps explains why Georges Vuitton, son of famed luggage maker Louis Vuitton, chose to exhibit his trunks at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. The global success of Vuitton’s company led to the creation of the still-stylish Damier check, which was designed to guard against the duplication of his famous stackable trunks.
The check lives on in new iterations such as the distinctive Alzer presented in Damier Graphite. Still created by hand (a process that takes up to 60 hours), each trunk is made from 30-year-old poplar wood that has been allowed to dry for four years. To further demonstrate its commitment to travel, Louis Vuitton has launched an initiative on its website called The Art of Packing, which includes a virtual walk-through on how to properly fold and pack according to the specific model of luggage purchased.
photograph by brian klutch
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