In designing its perfume Travel Cases Louis Vuitton has harkened back to its origins. Long before founding his trunk-maker’s shop, in 1854, young Louis practiced his trade as a box-maker, or « layetier » (from « layette », meaning little box). Upon arrival in Paris he apprenticed in the workshop of one Monsieur Maréchal, on Rue Saint-Honoré, near the Tuileries. There he trained for the next 17 years, patiently learning the art of designing the perfect custom case, be it trunk, chest, or sheath, in which to transport personal artefacts. Over time he renewed his expertise and adapted it to the profession of trunk-making and leathercraft. Thus were born such travel chests as the Milano and the Sinaïa.
Created in the 1920s, these were tailor-made and intended for toiletries or perfumes. They were called « porte-habits garnis », or « accoutered luggage ». Most were supplied with sets of asks, brushes, and vermeil or glass boxes. Now on display at the Musée Louis Vuitton in Asnières, the Milano was shown at the International Exposition of 1925. It was crafted from red leather, included three portable trays, and was comprised of more than 50 pieces. For its vanity cases the Maison collaborated with the greatest decorative artists of the day, like goldsmith Jean Puiforcat and lacquerer Jean Dunand. Each piece was custom-made for the owner’s personal taste and style.Today the Maison has created a line of cases that embrace their asks, like a second skin, for smooth sailing on any expedition, be it far- ung, or closer a eld. The Travel Spray case, practical and lightweight, is ideal so that perfume can be re-applied throughout the day. Sealed tight with a neat buckle, the 100ml and 200ml cases pack away and protect their bottles in style.
The Flaconnier showcases three fragrances in the same spirit as the trunks that were designed for the elegant ladies of the 1920s. The padded crisscross (« malletage ») lining with ecru straps, the protective corners, the unpickable « multigorges » lock that has graced every Louis Vuitton trunk since 1890, it is all there — intact. Legend has it that Georges Vuitton, Louis’ son, challenged Henry Houdini to escape from one of them… As Monsieur Maréchal taught Louis, it is not the item that adjusts its case but the case that adjusts like a second skin to the bottle. The skin is made of the Maison’s signature and emblematic natural leather, also found in the leather-infused fragrances created by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. Just as a perfume develops uniquely on each individual, the leather lives its owner’s life, in even greater intimacy, and over time develops a patina to match. As leather and skin become one, so do vanity case and perfume unite, ideal for travel. Love it !