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Three American brothers who have not spoken to each other in a year set off on a train voyage across India with a plan to find themselves and bond with each other — to become brothers again like they used to be. Their “spiritual quest”, however, veers rapidly off-course (due to events involving over-the-counter pain killers, Indian cough syrup, and pepper spray), and they eventually find themselves stranded alone in the middle of the desert with eleven suitcases a printer, and a laminating machine. At this moment, a new, unplanned journey suddenly begins.

There are some special guest stars in The Darjeeling Limited. Eleven of them, in fact. An entire monogrammed luggage set, designed by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.

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(Well, there are actually fifteen guest stars, if you count the suits worn by all three main characters and Owen Wilson’s belt that matches the luggage set, all designed by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton.)

The luggage set is a beautiful brown calf skin with prints of elephants, zebras, giraffes and palm trees. I personally could have done without the animals or palm trees, but they fit the characters and the movie.

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While I thought the movie was very good, I found myself staring at the set throughout the movie. During certain scenes, I found myself wanting to shriek at the screen, but settled for quietly exclaiming, “Careful! Those are Louis Vuitton suitcases!”

I give The Darjeeling Limited (and the luggage set) Two thumbs up. Images via Elle.

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  • Fashionista Optimista

    Well, some of you LV lovers might think I’m demented but I actually don’t like any of the LV handbags (for accessories I might make an exception). However, this luggage set is so remote from their traditional (and soooo knocked off) styles that I can’t but like it — a lot. Fun and young, reminds me of someone going on 19th century safari. :razz:

    • Jahpson

      i agree, it does look fun and so suited for the movie. Although the suitcase looks quite manly for my taste

  • william

    This design looks appropriate for the hard sided luggage but not the soft.

  • Ali

    I’m actually confused on how Marc actually “designed” any of these pieces, when the shapes are all standard LV luggage designs and the actual print was designed by someone else (it stated this in the credits of the movie). I personally didn’t like the movie, and I didn’t find the luggage to be anything special. Now, Natalie Portman’s outfit in the opening scene – that was spectacular.

  • katkooty

    whats JLW?

    • Caitlin

      JLW is their father. The luggage set was his.

  • joseph

    are these actually for sale? i thought it looked rather cool, esp the stenciled text and numbers

    would these be in shops??

  • Ali

    JLW was the father’s initials in the movie.

    And yes, they are actually for sale – put only the original pieces that actually appeared in the movie are being sold, as they were the only ones produced. I know that in late September the pieces were on display at the LV store in New York (not sure if they’re still there), and that you could place a silent bid for the entire collection at that location. The proceeds benefit UNICEF, and I’m sure the final ticket price for the pieces will be astronomical.

  • MKO

    The animal designs are by the director’s brother, Eric Anderson. The auction in September also benefited the foundation in India where the movie was filmed. :wink:

  • Nirodha

    Sorry, I think they’re hideous.

  • Ulrikke

    I LOVE THEM!!! Did’n know they where LV.. But still! Bet they are expensive!! Damn, would really love to have them!!

  • Boss

    The whole point of the luggage is the animal prints – how could you ‘personally do without’ them? That defeats the whole sartorial / amusement point of the luggage!?! Otherwise, they’re just expensive brown bags.

    Personally, I love the luggage in the film. I’m tired (read: bored) of the traditional Louie stuff, and the name-logo prints are embarassing.

    I like this luggage for the same reason I love my ferragamo ties – because they’re interesting, different, and a bit of a playful ‘wink’ to the world. Now, if only I can find a company that actually makes luggage like this.

  • debra Christian

    Didn’t anyone understand the whole point of all the luggage was that the three brothers were mentally carrying alot of “mental luggage”; their problems; through out the entire movie? At one point they drop their luggage to rescue the kids and don’t get their luggage back until they leave the village and the funeral for the boy is over. They were finally thinking of someone besides themselves. I loved the luggage. Its hard to let go of problems. They become who you are.

  • alice

    I love the luggage! I love the print, but in the movie it looks orange, is it really brown? They really didn’t show any design on the belt, I am going to have to look that up next. Jus loved the movie – my kind of movie.

  • kristen

    supposed to be a luggage set that resembles the luggage that 19-th century millionaires would take with them on their expeditions…..It’s supposed to give you an air that those boys are very very well off.

  • bec

    it hurts me watching this film. I want the whole set but know I will never set eyes on even one piece *sigh*

  • lora

    i’m trying to find the van gogh shoes brody buys in the movie. any ideas?

  • Ano

    I think they are the best. Not for the shape insomuch as the print. I must agree with one person here, the print works much better on the hard rather than the soft cases emulating that old world style of cases that the first jet setters and seafaring folk had. Love it. But I have to ask why Marc Jacobs is credited so often with their design when the interesting part about them, for me anyway, the animal/palm tree print was actually designed by Wes Anderson’s brother, Eric. Being a graphic man have to admire the oversized monograms and piece numbers.

    Those shoes were cool!

  • jamie

    Globetrotter does some stuff in similar styles.

  • Daniel

    Does anybody know what J.L.W., the fathers initials, actually stands for. Obviously the last name is Whitman, but I can’t find any info about the first two initials. Any help would be greatly apreciated.

  • RW

    Jimmy L Whitman