In life, there are a few great equalizers: the DMV, the checkout line at Duane Reade, the Ticketmaster website the morning that Lady Gaga tickets go on sale. For celebrities, the great equalizer seems to be the airport; no matter how rich and famous they are, unless they fly on only private plans and out of private airports (and almost none of them do), legendary movie stars and reality famewhores alike need to go through security, submit their bags to X-ray machines and submit themselves to the paparazzi who endlessly trawl LAX and JFK, waiting for them to make the walk from their gate to their waiting car service. No one escapes certain rules of modern air travel.
Because of that, we have a great deal of photographic evidence explaining exactly how stars travel, and it looks as though there’s a second great equalizer at the airport besides the TSA: Louis Vuitton luggage. Stars overwhelmingly favor monogram canvas Keepalls and Pegase rolling suitcases as their go-to designer carry-ons, but other pieces and materials get a little bit of love as well. More than anything, though, it’s impressive how much Vuitton’s travel gear seems to cross all kinds of lines – gender, race, age, career type, fame level – to saturate the celebrity market. Check out the LV pieces preferred by everyone from Jane Fonda to Kim Kardashian after the jump.
Somehow, it feels right to start with Kim Kardashian. Not only are the Kardashians CONSTANTLY in airports (I think I’ve seen more pictures of them at LAX than on red carpets), but Kim’s Louis Vuitton Hat Box, a version of which retails for $3,000 via Louis Vuitton, is pretty damn cool. Hers appears to be a larger model than is available online.