The exhibition “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” follows the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present.
It was late 1800s when young Louis Vuitton started as a box-packer apprentice in a little village of eastern France. Later on he founded his own company on rue Neuve-des-Capucines and got a chance to meet important people of the industry. His first success started after the creation of his first french style wardrobe trunk in 1890.
The most significant material in the manufacturing of his trunks was wood! It reflects the history and origins of young Vuitton, native forest landscapes of Franche-Comte, his native land. It reminded him the time he used to be box-maker, the tools that were used back then : sharpening, splitting , cutting.
I was impressed by the dressing table in crocodile or Morocco leather and solid gold, which consisted of 20 pieces exclusively made for Jessie Woolwoorth in 1935.
What I loved about his creation is that you can feel that sense of purpose behind each piece. For example, his music cases, specifically violin case that impressed me. For a musician, the violin must of been the most precious object among everything else. Louis had a sense of it and wanted to create a perfect case to store and protect the instrument. Louis Vuitton built many music cases but perhaps the one crafted for violinist Pierre Sechiari’s Stradivarius is the most valuable.
Vuitton was a bookworm! He has created so many incredibly useful pieces for professors, students, writers. He designed a portable library for long journeys, that could fit enough books for the three-to-six-month voyage so common for the time.
Louis Vuitton presents “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” at the American Stock Exchange Building in New York City from October 27th, 2017 through January 7th, 2018.