Updated: Jan 22
The entrance of the exhibition was so fun It was like a realistic subway station that illustrates it stops in New York City. As soon as I entered I felt Louis Vuitton’s story come to life. When you think of the name “Louis Vuitton” totes, bags, and wallets come to mind but travel is where the luxury brand began. At the age of fourteen Gaston-Louis Vuitton (yes LV was a real dude) left his village in France and traveled on foot reaching Paris two years later. He got hired as a box-maker apprentice which consisted of manufacturing boxes and crates used to pack everyday objects and wardrobes. Louis Vuitton was inspired by his first job and started his own business in 1854 in Paris that is now known as an empire of luxury goods. Mr. Vuitton designs were the beginning of modern travel luggage and glamor.
The exhibition was curated by Olivier Saillard. His creation is displayed throughout multiple rooms and takes you on a journey through the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. It’s created to honor his story and the fashion house he has built. The title Volez,Voguez, Voyagez is french for “Fly, Sail, Travel”. The exhibition stopped in Paris, Tokyo and Seoul and has finally made it’s fourth stop in New York City. The exhibition included ten themed rooms filled with pieces, photos grand sets and displays and video installations that stimulate a moving landscape that make up every era of Vuitton history.
Louis Vuitton continued creating trunks for every aspect of life that ranged in every style from flat trunks, cabin trunks, car trunks, and wardrobe trunks which began the art of travel as the House continued to enrich its designs. Distinctive elements such as canvas motifs, locks, and ribbon cutting made the trunks stand out from any other. The first trunk depicted in blue is Louis Vuitton’s first trunk he created.
Who remembers this fashion trend? This collection launched some of the most iconic bags of the early 00s. His black & white monogram bags and accessories will forever be remebered.. Since discontinuing the collection in 2015, the value of the bags has steadily increased. This is the only collection I own of his and still use it till this day. Love my LV.
LV X CINDY SHERMAN
AHHHH! This Jewelry Trunk is GOALS! Much respect to whoever owns one of these… The creative Cindy Sherman designed a trunk for the collection with multicolored drawers inspired by her parrot Mister Frieda.
LV X JEFF KOONS
Louis Vuitton and Koons came together and created leather goods that featured five classic painting produced by Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Peter Paul Rubens and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. LV’s signature bags, wallets, key chains, shawls and silk squares make up the entire series.
LV X SUPREME
Louis Vuitton has recently collaborated with the street wear brand Supreme that’s designs were exclusively sold at pop up shops for a limited time.
LV X STEPHEN SPROUSE
Louis Vuitton and Stephen Spouse have now teamed up twice both with both collections being successful. This collection was created by Marc Jacobs and illustrated a vibrant New York City vibe and marked an exciting direction for both brands.
LOUIS VUITTON LOVES AMERICA
39 years after the House of Louis Vuitton was founded in Paris, Louis Vuitton’s son Georges traveled to the U.S in 1893 and debuted the first Louis Vuitton products in America at stores in New York, Philadelphia, then Washington. Louis Vuitton has become a leader in the modern luggage industry.
The Last room “Louis Vuitton Loves America” room was my favorite. It was soo New York.
I also loved this room with the velvet LV walls! Gorgeous right?
What I like about Louis Vuitton is his brand is timeless and the monogram will never go out of style. The House continues to collaborate with designers that modernize the luxury good products and allow Louis Vuitton to attract a different audience than before. Can’t wait for the 2018 Spring-Summer collection by Kim Jones to be unveiled. Yay always excited for a new LV collection!