Louis Vuitton was only 16 years old when he moved to Paris to become an apprentice trunk maker. His “Malle” trunk was the first to feature a flat top and bottom, making it stackable and more easily transportable. These trunks would become the foundation of his self-titled company, and they’ve been a Louis Vuitton mainstay since 1858.
The LV suitcase is considered to be a collectors item nowadays, especially the vintage one's. The original suitcases from the 1870’s are very rare, so prices can rise high. If you’re able to get your hands on one of the trunks from the 1870’s expect to be paying over ten thousands of euros. A vintage store in Hong Kong, Bernardid, charges over €70.000 for a vintage customized suitcase. This specific case folds open into a vanity table, complete with mirros, light and a sound system.
The reason Louis Vuitton luggage is the epitome of luxury is because they will make an unique item especially for you. In the 1900’s they made a trunk for conductor Pierre Sechiari to carry his valuable Stradiavarius Violin. A bit more recent the late Karl Lagerfeld requested a trunk for his 20 Ipods. Nowadays they even make customised trunks to hold Barbies, cigars and teddybears.
Did you know about the Supreme x LV collaboration? They made the famous Malle trunk, plastered in the Supreme logo for €60.000, and a trunk to hold your skateboard for €50.000.
However, recently they also did a collaboration with The Amsterdam Rijksmuseum. For the exposition “Making the difference: Vermeer and the Dutch Art” in the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, the famous painting “The Milkmaid ”by Johannes Vermeer travelled all the way to Tokyo, in a custom made Louis Vuitton trunk. The Trunk was made with Monogram canvas, copper corners, handpainted stripes and the inside was Vermeer-yellow.
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