It should shock no one who knows the history of Louis Vuitton that the brand’s luggage is still an enduring, functional favorite of luxury travelers (and plenty of globetrotting celebrities) the world over–after all, the company got its start by building custom travel solutions for European royals and nobility.
Sometimes a great brand can be hidden in an international market that’s out of our reach, and that is just the case with Lipault Paris. Lipault has become one of France’s leading luggage brands after being launched by French designer François Lipovetsky in 2005, and until now, its wares were hard to come by in the US.
Over the weekend, I noticed that a particular sort of season had begun on my Facebook and Instagram feeds: friends had kicked off their spring travel, which will eventually lead into summer vacations, all of which will keep bright, slightly filtered photos of oceans and rum cocktails splayed across social media until early September.
It should be obvious to all comers that we think designer bags are great in almost any situation, but they’re not always the thing you want to have on your arm. If you’ve got a surfeit of cash and want to send yourself or your teenager to school with her bags in an Hermès Birkin, far be it from me to tell you not to.
Everyone’s idea of relaxation is different, which means that there are huge variations in what people expect from their travel gear. Some people want a beach bag that’s essentially just a designer handbag with some raffia worked in so they can sit in a cabana at the Gansevoort in style, and others want something lightweight, inexpensive and durable to fill with snorkeling gear.