Louis Vuitton enlisted industrial designer Marc Newson to redesign an innovative new range of rolling trunks for the 21st century traveler. Marc Newson, who works in aircraft design, product design, furniture design, jewelry, and clothing, was selected to re-image a lighter version without compromising the original characteristics of Louis Vuitton’s historic trunks.
The original Louis Vuitton trunk:
Louis Vuitton first made its reputation by creating travel trunks matched to the needs of travelers. Hundreds of thousands of trunks have been handmade by Louis Vuitton since the 19th century. They all have their own history. They are scattered throughout the four corners of the globe. Some sleep in attics, others are in museums, others are still traveling.
The sleek new design, in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson, carries on this tradition with a new collection of wheeled suitcases.
“What compelled me to join forces with Louis Vuitton was the challenge to design a great piece of luggage,” says the designer. “Like a lot of people, I travel a lot and I feel that I am in many ways kind of uniquely placed to be able to create this luggage, both as a consumer and as a designer.
Eighteen months of development and three patent applications results in a totally innovative suitcase that is both exceptionally thin and elastic, the luggage is able to withstand the rigors of travel while weighing less. Even the Monogram canvas is lighter thanks to a specially developed version that weighs 50% less.
In a nod to Louis Vuitton’s historic trunks, the corners and handles are covered with natural cowhide. The new luggage boasts an increase in internal volume of 15%.
The Maison has also introduced an innovative new service offering a 48-hour after-sales repair service in 14 cities around the world, integrated in the Louis Vuitton travel app.