While in Paris, I decided to discover a bit more about the culture, mainly by drinking lots of coffee and walking in awe down Avenue Montaigne which houses every French designer flagship and then go to look at an exhibit on Louis Vuitton because, what else is there for fashion lovers to do on a Sunday in Paris for free?
First of all, the Grand Palais is a magnificent building, it is stunning from the outside and historical on the inside. Best known for housing many of Chanel’s fashion shows and The Devil Wears Prada (for me anyway). The fact that the Louis Vuitton exhibition was held there shows just how important the building is to fashion, on top of that one of the guides told us that the building used to be for aviation exhibitions.
This was an unexpected learning experience, as we went in expecting to look at handbags for Jessica Simpson, we discovered a voyage through time and travel (literally!). As we navigated through the exhibition we were met with knowledgeable guides that informed us of some of the intricacies of the Louis Vuitton brand such as the monogram logos in the contemporary collections being inspired by those of the customers of the past to differentiate between custom pieces. Or that the bucket bag was originally designed by LV to carry champagne on long car trips in the early twentieth century.
The craftsmanship of each piece of LV luggage is well beyond it’s time, most pieces look almost new and the pieces that are over 100 years younger blend in perfectly. Vuitton’s beginnings as a box-cutter clearly has everything to do with the fact that each piece is crafted to perfection. This exhibition is a great example of quality over quantity as the best pieces are custom pieces that have stood the test of time.