my LV dream…

I don’t usually care for much logo action on my clothing or housewares, but I’ve dreamed of having an antique Louis Vuitton steamer trunk for a very long time. I remember seeing one in an antique shop with my grandmother when I was about 7 years old and I thought it was just so tremendous and interesting. I don’t think that it registered at the time who Louis Vuitton was, but, to me, big, beautiful trunks meant adventure and the wild possibilities that come with travel. They still do!

The trunks remind me of old movies with glamorous people on great ships (like Preston Sturges’ The Lady Eve) and the tragic fate my great-grandfather, James Kennedy, faced aboard the SS Moro Castle. For as long as I can remember, my romantic disposition has been heavily colored by voyages by sea and rail. As I look around my house this fact is ever apparent in the housewares, artwork, books and destinations I always seem to choose.

Is it naive to still think that I’ll find one while thrifting someday? There is fantastic vintage Louis Vuitton luggage available from shops on 1st Dibs (a site where I spend far too much time). The trunk I love most is $28,500.00 and another doesn’t even list the price. What do you suppose is inside? Fabergé eggs and unicorn horns?


images courtesy of 1st Dibs shops Daniels Antiques and Pullman Gallery

1. Louis Vuitton Monogram Courier Trunk circa 1920
2. Louis Vuitton Monogram Courier Trunk circa 1900 (ooh! cover the ‘E’ and it has my initials.)
3. L.V. Malle Bureau (Desk Trunk)
4. Louis Vuitton Malle Cabine
5. Louis Vuitton ‘Square-mouth’ Gladstone Bag

4 Responses to “my LV dream…”
  1. Leanne says:

    Oh, those are gorgeous– definitely made for slower, more glamorous means of travel! My all-time favorite classic travel movie is Hitchcock’s 1938 “The Lady Vanishes”.

  2. Colleen says:

    I wholeheartedly approve your obsession! My dream as a child was to own a Louis Vuitton shoe trunk and an emerald cabochon tiara from Van Cleef & Arpels! I also wanted a magic wand that could make clothes from the pages of Vogue appear in my closet. A girl can dream :)

  3. Siubhan says:

    Long voyages are so romantic – especially by rail, and these trunks do just encapsulate that atmosphere so nicely.

    I used to have a run-of-the-mill battered old trunk that I always insisted on using to go backwards and forwards from boarding school (Mallory Towers style) when I was younger – it was heavy and totally impractical, but I loved it.

  4. Jen McCabe says:

    Leanne – I love that movie!!

    Colleen – Ummm… those are still some of my dreams. An emerald tiara! Such a good idea…. mine are all rhinestone.

    Siubhan – Wow! I’d love to hear more about your school days. I wished I was in UK boarding school when I was a kid… it seemed sounded so wonderful and more grown-up.