The Louis Vuitton name has become ubiquitous with the art of travel. Their lineage of creating trunks and luggage for travelers traces back to 1854, when Louis Vuitton began offering elegant and pragmatic trunks. Since then, the House of Vuitton made trunks for explorers, adventurers, princes, elegant ladies, and artists. Over time the trunks have evolved and this month Louis Vuitton is releasing their book: Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks.

I prefer picture heavy books, and this is precisely what is being presented. The book showcases some of the most beautiful creations from the House with over eight hundred photographs. This way you can see many of the trunks over time, whether it be a trunk-bed, steamer, caviar box, circus trunk, or a toiletry kit to name a few. The book also delves into the process of how Louis Vuitton makes their trunks.

Coincidentally, we recently strolled into the flagship LV store on 5th Avenue here in New York and inquired about possibly getting a Vuitton trunk for our living room. To our surprise we learned that LV does not stock any regular trunks (aside from smaller suit cases). All trunks have to be made custom to specific orders for the customer. Turnaround time is estimated around 9 months and the process appears quite elaborate. First, the customer is asked to submit his or her wishes to the local Vuitton store, which are then sent to the corporate headquarters in Paris for approval. Then, rough sketches are created and a pricing proposal is returned to the customer. If the customer approves, a 25% deposit is required before work commences on the new trunk. A small coffee table sized trunk is said to run between $25,000 to $35,000… with the maximum price only limited by the imagination and requirements of the customer.

Coinciding with the book release, from now to February 27th, 2011 there will be an exhibition at the Carnavalet museum titled Voyage En Capitale: Louis Vuitton and Paris. If you can not make the exhibit in Paris, simply take a look at the photos we are providing or purchase the book to see more into the world of travel by Louis Vuitton. $170 via LV.





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  • MsLabelsofLust

    *rachel zoe voice* I die! This is some fabulous luggage…If I owned a collection so vast it would never see an airplane cargo hold..never such pieces require divine treatment as in being placed in a wonderful private jet ready to take me to Monaco..lols..

  • Bir

    Love them my god this is the spirit of Louis vuitton the base nature and origin of all that is the mega icon of today. it seems like it’s the new wave in france to celebrate the foundation of the brand !!! Hermes is making 2011 the year of the artisan and Louis has finally has come to its senses and recognized the true meaning of LOUIS VUITTON!!!!!!!

  • mochababe73

    I love the picture. Talk about something else on my ultimate wish list-a Louis Vuitton trunk. That’s behind my brown Hermes Birkin and pink Classic Chanel flap bag.

  • Stylista

    Wow, I love looking at photos like these. It remind you of why a certain designer is so successful, and why sometimes, the price is justified.

  • Erik

    I have the book… and i cant tell you how… amazing and breathtaking it is… every photograph in the book makes you gasp… really worth the price … simply… WOW

  • Graham

    I hope they feature the custom luggage from Darjeeling Limited. How amazing were those?

  • karen

    i would love to have one of those (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Love the changes through time (ipad)

  • cl

    saw that black and white picture redone in the vegas city center! (ipad)

  • Lola

    I will never ever ever understand the appeal of that monogram print. But I do respect the history behind the brand, it’s inspiring. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    I would love these luggages! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    yes!! LV made an exhibition of this 100 Legendary Trunks in Kuala Lumpur.. and i managed to attend it too! it was awesome.. (ipad)




    LOVE LV (ipad)

  • farida noviana

    i like.

  • Jen

    I also love LV! (ipad)

  • swati

    i don’t want the bags but strangely i want the book. i can picture it on my coffee table all nice and glossy (ipad)

  • helen

    Good for storage. (ipad)

  • Eva Marie

    Amazing ! (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    someday i would like to own an lv trunk