[Editor's Note: Over the next two weeks, while we celebrate Christmas and New Year's with our families and friends, we'll be adding some of our most popular posts of the past few years to our daily coverage, updated with new photos and information. Because today is one of the busiest travel days of the year, we'll start off with this new-and-improved look at how celebrities travel with their Louis Vuitton Luggage.]
In life, there are a few great equalizers: the DMV, the checkout line at Duane Reade, the Ticketmaster website the morning that
Lady Gaga Beyonce 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.
It's not just Kim, though - Louis Vuitton Luggage is something of a family obsession. Here are Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian rolling a cart filled with what appears to be several Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Suitcases (If you know the exact model names, tell us! We're stumped.) and a Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas Carry On of some sort.
And then, of course, there's Khloe Kardashian, the most reasonable member of the family and a frequent user of a Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite Pegase Rolling Suitcase. You can own one via Louis Vuitton starting at $2680. (Also, check out that gorgeous red Hermes Birkin!)
When the entire Kardashian clan travels with Louis Vuitton, it looks something like this.
The Kardashians aren't the only people with a whole menagerie of Vuitton luggage. Check out TopShop heiresses Chloe Green's stash, including a Yayoi Kusama polka dot suitcase.
Nicole Richie has a luggage cart stacked high with Louis Vuitton, including a Louis Vuitton Keepall. Pick one up for $1,640 via Louis Vuitton.
It's not just reality stars and heiresses that travel with Vuitton; accomplished young actress Dakota Fanning has a Louis Vuitton Keepall with her initials painted on it. You can grab the non-monogrammed version for $1,640.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, former Girls Next Door castmate and Playboy Bunny Holly Madison also enjoys a monogrammed Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Keepall 45. This smaller version starts at $1,500 via Louis Vuitton without the monogram.
Usually we see LV luggage in the dark confines of the airport, so it's nice to catch Alexa Chung with her Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase in the light of day.
We love a Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier, but we love former Marc Jacobs paramour Lorenzo Martone's Shiba Inu pup even more. Pick up the carrier (sadly, not the pup) for $2,780.
Heiress Tamara Eccelstone also carries her pooch in a Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier.
Wayne Rooney may be one of the most highly paid footballers in the world, but that doesn't mean he isn't in charge of schlepping his family's luggage, including wife Coleen Rooney's monogrammed Louis Vuitton Keepall. (Looks like a 50 to me, but counting motifs in a photo like this makes my brain hurt.) This version with no shoulder strap starts at $1,200 via Louis Vuitton.
Young actress Chloe Moretz is also a big fan of her Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag.
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels has one of the most enormous Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bags we've ever seen.
Monica, on the other hand, prefers her well-worn classic Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Keepall 55 sans her own initials. $1,550 via Louis Vuitton.
Dita Von Teese's combination of a crest-customized vintage Vuitton hat box and rolling suitcase is about as classy as luggage gets.
On the other end of the size spectrum, British celeb Kelly Brook has a petite toiletry case for traveling. The closest match we could find is the Louis Vuitton Nice Bag, which will set you back $2,650.
It's Minka Kelly, though, who has my favorite of all: a chocolate-y brown leather Louis Vuitton Duffel Bag with a large embossed monogram. We can't figure out the exact name of this bag, the leather or the season it came out - edify us in the comments!
Hayden Panettiere keeps things simple with a monogram Louis Vuitton Keepall.
Sofia Vergara chooses to travel like a lot of non-celebs: with her trusty Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote as her carry-on bag. Pick up one of your own for $1,160 via Louis Vuitton.
Reese Witherspoon clearly had the same idea, except her bag is the Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull Tote. Get hers for $1,500 via Louis Vuitton.
Bradley Cooper proves that just because you're a dude doesn't mean you need to carry a giant travel bag. His rather petite Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Carryall, $1510 via Louis Vuitton, seems to be getting the job done just fine.
Singer (and Mariah Carey hubby, let's be real) Nick Cannon prefers a Louis Vuitton Christopher Backpack as his carry-on, which appears to have been discontinued.
Speaking of famous boy toys, here's Jennifer Aniston's paramour, Justin Theroux, lugging a Louis Vuitton Keepall at LAX. You can own one for $1,640.
Ian Somerhalder's Louis Vuitton garment bag (containing a Louis Vuitton suit) isn't technically luggage, but he's pretty cute, so here he is.
Hugh Jackman going straight Wolverine on his Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite Keepall Bag never ceases to entertain me. Get your own for $1,660.
And then, of course, there's the Louis Vuitton Pegase Suitcase. Melanie Griffiths appears to have one in her hand and several more on her luggage cart. They start at $2680 via Louis Vuitton.
Kate Hudson, trying to re-dress herself after going through security while standing next to her Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase, proves that none of us are free from the indignities of the airport.
The Louis Vuitton Pegase Rolling Suitcase isn't just for ladies, though - country star Tim McGraw is also a fan. Shop the Pegase via Louis Vuitton.
David Arquette is another dude who prefers a Pegase.
Friend-of-Vuitton Kirsten Dunst not only travels with a Louis Vuitton Pegase, but also with a Louis Vuitton Alma. Leather Almas start at $1830 via Louis Vuitton.
Actress Paula Patton gives us a more casual take on the Pegase, and it looks as though she's probably hauling a Louis Vuitton Keepall as well.
If you like a personal touch like Emma Roberts does, the Louis Vuitton Pegase is also part of the Mon Monogram customization program. Customized suitcases start at $3400 via Louis Vuitton.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley also prefers her Pegase monogrammed.
We think that Kylie Minogue has the right idea - one of the perks of being rich has to be the ability to pay someone else to manage your bags at the airport.
And then there's tween dream Ashley Tisdale, serving up a double dose of Vuitton with a Pegase and a Louis Vuitton Dog Carrier. Vuitton's Dog Carriers start at $2340.
If only all American travelers were as chic as Emmy Rossum with her Pegase and leopard trench...this looks beats sweats and UGGs by a mile.
On the other hand, Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir's look is a little more...glam. His Louis Vuitton Pegase and LV scarf make a happy pair, though. (And what's that coat, Rick Owens? Gotta be Rick Owens.)
Even Jane Fonda uses a Louis Vuitton Pegase.
Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, on the other hand, seems to be one of the few, the proud, the Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Eole lovers - it's like a very sturdy duffel, but with wheels. Those start at $2260 via Louis Vuitton.
Supermodel Stephanie Seymour may appear to be weighed down like a pack mule in this photo, but don't feel too bad for her - the baubles she's hauling in that Louis Vuitton Jewelry Case are sure enough to make anyone jealous. The case itself retails for $8600 via Louis Vuitton. (The Alaia tote ain't too shabby either.)