• Taxi Encounters - Rio de Janeiro

    The fourth in a travel series about unique taxi experiences in the cities of the world.

    As a traveler, often our first impression of a city and its people is the journey from a station or airport in a taxi. From the black cabs encircling the thoroughfares of London, to the taxi boats of Venice, not forgetting the iconic Tuk Tuks of Thailand, the unique taxis of different cities have become iconic and the journeys in them defining moments in our encounters with the cities they frequent.

    In the fourth part in Louis Vuitton’s travel series ‘Taxi Encounters’, we find ourselves in Rio de Janeiro, beneath the Corcovado and towering landscapes of this coastal paradise. Rio de Janeiro, meaning literally 'January River', is known throughout the world for its natural scenery, famous beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, as well as Brazilian dance and music genres samba and bossa nova.

    Tags: Rio de Janeiro, Taxi Encounters, Video

  • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector

    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    • Gaston-Louis Vuitton Collector - Louis Vuitton Heritage NEWS
    This unexpected and colorful photography series provides a glimpse into Gaston-Louis Vuitton’s abundant personal collection.

    Representing the third generation of Vuittons, Gaston-Louis had many diverse interests which all were ultimately fundamental to the history of the House. Guided by his curiosity, his vision of travel and the desire to tackle subjects, his endeavors became, directly or indirectly, related to the future of the family business.

    An erudite and collector since his childhood, Gaston-Louis accumulated many trunks and old travel articles from antiques, and auction rooms, as well as books, typography publications and, more specifically, hotel stickers (usually stuck on customers’ trunks). He conveyed his sense of architecture and design in artistic collaborations with the cutting edge of his time, producing objects both functional and aesthetic, including small cases, flasks, toiletry kits.

    The selection of objects presented in this photo series tends to represent the rich diversity of his collection: most of these treasures were inspiration for the family business, others, like the “Despatch Box” suitcase or the crystal bottles set, were objects produced by the House in its will to always expand its field of activities and technical approaches.

    The suitcase, which was his personal attaché-case, perfectly embodies this excellence in craftsmanship combined with a unique functional aspect represented by the side slot, allowing its owner to insert letters and documents in a confidential and discreet way.

    Tags: Gaston Louis Vuitton, Archives, Photography

  • A look onto the waters of LV Cup

    Our three competitors gain momentum as we reach the Louis Vuitton Cup semi-finals.

    Three decades ago, the Louis Vuitton Cup became the qualifying race that determines and prepares the challenger for the America’s Cup. This historic partnership is an apt pairing between the House and a trophy sought after since 1851; two legends bonded by a love of travel and sea.

    In this video, we take a closer look onto the waters with a stronger idea of the speed taking place. Witness our teams’ physical prowess on each of the competing yachts along a backdrop of the subliminal San Francisco Bay and cityscape.

    The winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup will take on holders team Oracle Racing for the America's Cup beginning on September 7th.

     

    Tags: Sailing, Louis Vuitton Cup, San Francisco, Video

  • Going with the Flow

    As part of the Louis Vuitton mini-site louisvuitton-histoires.com, discover this short animated film following the Louis Vuitton luggage through the decades.

    At the dawn of the 20th century, luggage crafted by Louis Vuitton, most famously the Wardrobe trunk and the Steamer bag, accompanied passengers on the world’s first transatlantic liners. The legend lives on today.

    What a distance we have travelled since the advent of the transatlantic liner. From a time when Louis Vuitton trunks accompanied their owners on the long ocean crossing, to the high-speed journeys of today, with a Keepall on our shoulder or a trolley case in our hand.

    Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has explored new frontiers and pushed the limits of innovation. A pioneering spirit defines its history, and the technological advances in the transportation system fired the imagination of the House. This four-wheel trolley, the Zéphyr, is in line with this inventive spirit.

    Discover more stories here.

    Tags: Savoir-Faire, Trunks, Luggage, Video

  • Street Art on Silk

    • Street Art on Silk - Louis Vuitton Art & Travel NEWS
    Discover the new collaboration between Louis Vuitton and street artists through a collection of giant squares.

    Louis Vuitton has invited three street artists – Eko Nugroho from Indonesia, EINE from London, and Franco-Tunisian eL Seed – to bring their vision on the House’s giant square. This new collaboration follows up last season’s initiative to work with the Street Art scene, with pieces from AIKO, RETNA and Os Gemeos.

    The excitement of travel is at the heart of EINE’s piece, through the phrase “Great Adventures” written in his emblematic bright and colorful block letters. The mix of pop influences and more traditional inspirations can be seen in Eko Nugroho’s intriguing designs, while eL Seed uses Arabic Calligraffiti to draw upon the Monogram pattern.

    Tags: Collaboration, Accessories