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?
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