Louis Vuitton - The Spirit of Travel
From Second French Empire pageantry to the brand's Far East launch; from the classic LV travel chest to Nicolas Ghesquieres' trunk-inspired collection; and from the house's emblematic monogram, to recent creations merging it with daring designs from contemporary artists, this volume tells the story of Louis Vuitton, the designer that embodies the spirit of travel and quintessentially French elegance the world over. Explore the people, the places, and the clients at the heart of the Louis Vuitton story- the kings and princesses, intrepid explorers and prima donnas, and the creations, objects, and accessories-which imbue Louis Vuitton with the spirit of travel, and discover the evolutions in technology and design that are essential to the success of this extraordinary brand. The work offers a journey into the Vuitton universe, the brand's rich history, and its passionate defense of quality craftsmanship, art, and artists. With insight from the Vuitton archives, this work reveals the constantly evolving design inspiration that is central to the brand, walking the line between classic style and modernity.
Patrick Mauriesis a journalist, publisher, and author of around thirty essays and stories. In 1981, he founded his own literary review, "Le Promeneur"inspired by eighteenth-century gazettes, becoming a publishing house in its own right from 1988. He is an expert in cultural studies, specialising in English-speaking and Italian societies, and has written widely on literature, fashion and the decorative arts. He contributed to"The World According to Karl"and"Choupette," both published by Flammarion. Pierre Leonforte splits his time between Paris and Milan. He is a regular contributor to international publications including "AD, Vanity Fair, Marie-Claire Maison," and a columnist for "Le Figaro." A founder and former editor-in-chief of the "Louis Vuitton City Guides," he is now editorial advisor to the series. He has written a number of illustrated books and coauthored "Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks" (Abrams, 2010)."