When Virgil Abloh took over as creative director for Louis Vuitton Menswear, his first collection was met with mixed reviews. While some people loved the new direction and aesthetic that Abloh brought to the brand, others were unsure. However one of Abloh’s standout hits was the Louis Vuitton Soft Trunk. The bag received a fair amount of buzz even before it was released in early 2019 as part of the brand’s Men’s Spring 2019 collection. Since then the bag has been recreated countless times and is one of the brand’s most coveted bags across both its women’s and men’s lines.
An ode to Louis Vuitton’s rich history of trunk making, the Soft Trunk is reimagined as a supple, wearable messenger bag. Features of the bag such as the reinforced corners and hardware are style cues taken from the brand’s classic archival pieces. In addition to the new versions we saw for pre-collection, for Spring 2020, the brand has released a few new additions to its Soft Trunk line. The first, is a beautiful exotic version of the Soft Trunk in white crocodilian with matte hardware detailing. This stunning bag features the Soft Trunk’s malleable construction and a resin chain which gives the bag a sleek, modern edge.
The smaller version of the bag, the Mini Soft Trunk has been recreated as well, and the newest additions are equally as covetable as those from previous seasons. A floral print sits atop the classic LV monogram canvas which gives this bag a colorful summery vibe, perfect for the warmer months. The floral print is accented by black detailing and this bag is said to evoke Abloh’s commitment to diversity. The second addition, which was also seen on the runway, features a thick embroidered monogram motif which adds a unique accent to the brand’s iconic monogram canvas. Though these bags are part of the men’s line they succeed at eliciting a buzz from both men and women, again making the soft trunk one of Louis Vuitton’s most covetable pieces of the moment.
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