Before there were Capucines, Cartables and City Streamers, Louis Vuitton was known for its good old fashioned trunks. LV’s long history of trunk making is currently on display at the Grand Palais and some truly weird and wonderful trunks with unexpected uses are included. From surgical instruments to an entire hair salon, Louis Vuitton’s trunks can contain some fantastic objects and as it turn out, these monogrammed trunks have always been as utilitarian as they are now. Discover some of LV’s more niche creations below:
Tea Case Trunk
Created in 1926 for Indian royalty – the Maharaja of Baroda to be specific- the tea case trunk became a great favorite with the owner. “This tea case in grained leather, a forerunner of Épi leather, was created in 1926 for the Maharajah of Baroda. Every morning, in his vast palace, a valet would offer to take them out for a ride in a Rolls-Royce, on horseback, or on an elephant!” explained Patrick-Louis Vuitton.
Created to contain the painting paraphernalia of Gaston-Louis Vuitton, the Watercolor trunk is certain to thrill artists even today. It is still a precious object to Patrick, who stated, “This trunk is one of my most treasured possessions. You can see the simplicity of its design, the principle of a wooden frame covered with coated cotton canvas or leather, protected by brass corners and locks, and carried by a handle. Every type of leather has a precise function. To create a fine piece of luggage, you need to be rational. The extravagance is in the objects you transport.”
This trunk is actually a miniature cabin trunk and features monogram canvas, brass hardware and Iozine leather trim. These were filled with flowers and given as gifts to top customers. “It is magnificent, filled with peonies and roses in a made-to-measure zinc tub. For me, the flower trunk is more jewelry than luggage. I made the ten last 20 years ago, with accessories recovered from our workshops, and gave them to a number of very beautiful women. When the flowers wilted, they could bring the trunk back and we would transform it into a box for sewing or for cigarettes!” said Patrick.
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