A few weeks ago I went to see a free exhibition at the Grand Palais called “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” with my friend Marion. It was an exhibition which traces back through the history of Louis Vuitton from the beginning in 1854 to today. I learnt that Louis Vuitton started as a luggage company making the iconic box luggage out of wood. He made custom boxes for Ernest Hemingway & many other famous people for different purposes. He designed storage boxes specifically for hats, shoes, costumes, wigs, perfumes and even picnicware.
Slowly, the company started taking up other projects such as in aviation, making leather hats & goggles. Later on, it was all about the leather bags with the famous LV logo. There have been several collaborations of handbags with designers and artists such as Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse etc.
My favourite part of the exhibition was the big hallway which was designed to look like a sail-boat displaying his nautical themed clothing range & a range of luggage. Also, at the end of the exhibition, there were some of the workers demonstrating how the bags are put together. I realized how much care and effort goes into making just one bag.
I have to say this was one of the best exhibitions I have been to as it was well organized and they spared no effort in making the exhibition look as luxurious as the brand itself. Considering it was a free exhibition, it is definitely worth the visit. It’s on until 21 February 2016 at the Grand Palais so don’t miss it!