Luggage as Furniture – Louis Vuitton

August 11, 2010

You’re looking at a true classic.  I’m not sure if the Louis Vuitton trunk as a coffee or side table is a true classic, it has definitely had its day, but I like the look and love the nod to the past that these turn of the century trunks evoke.  I have seen them for sale as cheaply as 3,900.00 for a good-sized trunk, but would you believe the trunks pictured here range from $20,000 to $30,000!  Hard to believe they are worth so much today.  Used widely as furniture in todays better homes, they lend a nod to luxury and make for an interesting occasional table – especially if the trunk has family history.  I’ve got my eye out for one to use under the window in my library… the perfect place to hide winter blankets and the colors will look great with my camel colored sofa.

Louis Vuitton began manufacturing trunks in Paris in 1854, and the company he started went on to become one of the world’s most famous makers of luxury goods, known especially for its designer luggage pattern: a beige-on-chestnut monogram, “LV.” Vuitton’s high-quality travelling trunks were such a hit that he had to expand his factory within a few years, relocating to Asniéres in 1860. As the years went by the Vuitton line gained international recognition, thanks in part to a bronze medal at the 1867 World’s Fair and a gold medal at the 1889 World’s Fair, both held in Paris. After Louis died in 1892, his son, Georges, took the company to new heights, developing what is recognized as the first “designer label” on a product. (Widespread copying of Vuitton patterns pushed Georges to design the distinctive “LV” monogram.) Vuitton’s luggage company has since become a world leader in luxury consumer goods, with products that include travel books, perfume, distilled spirits and designer clothing.

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