Trunk Show

Louis Vuit­ton’s Volez, Voguez, Voy­agez ex­hi­bi­tion in Tokyo de­codes the brand’s se­crets and his­tory. By Vin­cent Loh

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Louis Vuit­ton has been at the van­guard of fash­ion and lux­ury since its found­ing in 1854, as it of­fers only the best of the best to its cus­tomers. Today, the world- renowned French fash­ion house re­mains loyal to its founder’s vi­sion and aes­thet­ics. He was the leg­endary in­ven­tor of “The Art of Travel” and made fash­ion-for­ward travel es­sen­tials, such as lug­gage and bags that are el­e­gant, so­phis­ti­cated yet prac­ti­cal. Its Volez, Voguez, Voy­agez ex­hi­bi­tion, cu­rated by one of fash­ion’s premier his­to­ri­ans and cu­ra­tors Olivier Sail­lard, show­cases an ar­ray of ob­jects and doc­u­ments that nar­rate Louis Vuit­ton’s his­tor­i­cal jour­ney, pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with a fresh vi­sion of its past, present, and fu­ture.

Each prod­uct, care­fully hand­picked by Sail­lard, is a tes­ta­ment to the brand’s ded­i­ca­tion to fine crafts­man­ship. “Louis Vuit­ton has al­ways been at the fore­front of cre­ation and in­no­va­tion, today like over a cen­tury ago,” says Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuit­ton. “Con­stantly tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from our past, we craft the trends of today. Olivier Sail­lard has im­mersed him­self in the Louis Vuit­ton archives to de­code its se­crets.”

Artis­tic di­rec­tor and set de­signer Robert Carsen has laid out the ex­hi­bi­tion in such a way that it is sep­a­rated into 10 chap­ters, cov­er­ing a series of in­for­ma­tive top­ics such as The Trunk of 1906 that ex­plains the in­no­va­tion be­hind the pop­u­lar trunk de­sign.

Ad­di­tion­ally, it makes a spe­cial ded­i­ca­tion to Ja­pan in its last chap­ter, In­spi­ra­tional Ja­pan. Louis Vuit­ton has al­ways had a strong con­nec­tion with the Land of the Ris­ing Sun since the end of the 19th cen­tury. This is ev­i­dent from the ever-fa­mous mono­gram that is in­spired by fam­ily crests known as mon, to the list of its pres­ti­gious Ja­panese clients such as po­lit­i­cal leader Daisuke Ita­gaki, as well as col­lab­o­ra­tions with var­i­ous Ja­panese con­tem­po­rary artists. This chap­ter of the ex­hi­bi­tion pays homage to this re­la­tion­ship, telling a story of a com­mon fas­ci­na­tion be­tween the two worlds that com­bine tra­di­tion with a strong de­sire for moder­nity.

Volez, Voguez, Voy­agez ex­hi­bi­tion is housed in a be­spoke struc­ture in Kioi­cho, a neigh­bour­hood Tokyo, where Louis Vuit­ton opened its first Ja­panese store back in 1978.

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