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Inside the Magic Malle room of LOUIS VUITTON’s “Time Capsule” exhibit.
Inside the Magic Malle room of LOUIS VUITTON’s “Time Capsule” exhibit.
Inside the Magic Malle room of LOUIS VUITTON’s “Time Capsule” exhibit.

Case Study

by C California Style

In Los Angeles, Louis Vuitton assembles an archival trove of travel trunks

Advances in modern transportation spark equally innovative changes in accompanying luggage. That’s the theory put forth in “Time Capsule,” Louis Vuitton’s traveling exhibition of handcrafted trunks, suitcases and steamer bags—made with refined leathers and durable, water-resistant coated canvas emblazoned with the Damier checkerboard, Monogram logo and a host of other inimitable patterns—on display in Westfield Century City’s outdoor atrium from May 18 through June 10. The open-to-the-public show, first launched in Hong Kong in 2017, illustrates all the ways travel and baggage  evolve in tandem. The stackable flat top of the maison’s circa-1858 trunk proved ideal for train trips, and the lightweight 1920s Aèro and Aviette models accompanied some of the first hot-air balloon and plane flights. The exhibition’s Artisans Room, where live craftsmen hone their skills, offers a glimpse into the maison’s current projects.

Also on display are custom cases that are designed to perfectly fit the goods they protect. In addition to objects arriving from the show’s most recent stop in Madrid, this first North American leg of the exhibition’s tour includes unique pieces crafted for Hollywood actors such as a vanity case Sharon Stone designed for amfAR. Alongside its archival exhibition, the French house is hosting Maison Beverly Hills, a by-appointment showcase of exotic leather goods and Objets Nomades furniture designs created by such talents as Humberto and Fernando Campana, all housed inside a nearby private residence from May 17 through May 28. Next-level summer travel prep starts here. Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.;  Maison Beverly Hills, 424-512-6463; louisvuitton.com.


For Travel Book Route 66 (Louis Vuitton, $56)—one of four recent additions to Louis Vuitton’s Travel Book series—the French fashion house tapped Swiss comic book artist Thomas Ott to chronicle a three-week road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica. The title is filled with scratchboard scenes of diners and discount motels, cowboy bars and keepsakes and, in the end, the soul-quenching expanse of the Pacific Ocean.



This article originally appeared in the May 2018 issue of C Magazine.