During the Universal Exhibition of 1900—a Paris-based fair that showcased the day’s leading innovations and attracted over 48 million visitors from around the globe—George Vuitton was tasked with organizing a special section for luggage and leather goods. Wanting to create something as original and inspired as his father’s famous trunks, he crafted a merry-go-round–shaped booth that displayed the travel accessories in a unique way. More than a century later, that spirit of innovation lives on in every new Louis Vuitton piece.
Documenting this innovation is a new free exhibit, Volez, Voguez, Voyagez (French for “fly, sail, travel”) that thoroughly traces Louis Vuitton’s lineage from a Parisian trunk shop to a global fashion brand. Overseen by esteemed museum curator Olivier Saillard, the show displays some of Vuitton’s greatest pieces from 1854 to the present, including a myriad of trunks, bags, and travel pieces both from the brand’s archives and on loan from the Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. Fittingly, the exhibit—on display from December 4 through February 21—will be held at the Grand Palais in Paris, a historic hall that was originally constructed for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. (louisvuitton.com)