Now On Show: Louis Vuitton's First Exhibit in New York

With over a century of innovative fashion and accessory designs, Louis Vuitton is essentially a luxury household name. Until January 7, 2018, “Volez, Vogez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton,” an exhibition taking place at the former American Stock Exchange building in New York City, will provide a rare glimpse into the legendary French fashion house’s evolution from 1854 until now. The exhibition, designed by artistic director and set designer Robert Carsen, sees the show divided up into ten chapters dedicated to the brand’s signature steamer trunk with pieces pulled directly from the house’s archives.

Anyone that is familiar with Louis Vuitton will know that the fashion house is credited with inventing the ‘art of travel’ with their distinguishable luxury leather luggage, bags, and accessories. Over the decades, the house invited designers, artists and even architects to dream and help expand their product line to include everything from watches and jewelry to ready-to-wear, shoes and even stationary.

“Louis Vuitton has always been at the forefront of creation and innovations, today and over a century ago,” says Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton. “Constantly taking inspiration from our past, we craft the trends of today. The show’s curator, Oliver Saillard, has immersed himself in the Louis Vuitton archives to decode its secrets. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future.”

Much of the show includes a selection of historical pieces as well as documents from the house’s archives. The ten chapters of the exhibition investigate themes such as the creation of their iconic 1906 trunks, the use of materials like wood and leather, fashion and beauty through the luggage created exclusively for celebrities, and the various collaborations with designers.

“Volez, Vogez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” will be on show through January 7, 2018 at 86 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006.

Words by Rocky Casale