My mother-in-law had occasion to travel extensively by sea and by air during the heyday of glamorous voyages. There were porters, matched sets of hard-sided luggage, and ample legroom. She is wont to bemoan the falling standards of today’s travelers. Leggings and Uggs have replaced pill-box hats and white gloves. She would appreciate the current Louis Vuitton exhibit, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” that will be at the Grand Palais in Paris until February 21, 2016.
The exhibit retraces Louis Vuitton’s great journey from 1854 to today. At the time that the Grand Palais was built in 1900 during the World Fair in Paris, George Vuitton was in charge of organising the entire section dedicated to “Travel & Leather goods.” The Louis Vuitton booth, in the shape of a merry-go-round, presented the Maison’s most innovative luggage and elegant bags and was the centre of attention.
One hundred and fifteen years later, this exhibit opens with the ultimate symbol of Louis Vuitton: an antique trunk. This forward-looking design embodied all of the iconic elements that are still part of Louis Vuitton today. “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” (vol-ay, voh-gay, voy-ah-szay) means “Fly, Sail, Travel.” After checking out all of this beautiful luggage, you’ll just need to find a porter and work on that legroom. Then you’ll be ready to travel in style. My mother-in-law would approve.