Louis Vuitton LV Monogram Aero Trunk

GBP 14,500.00

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Object Description

A splendid aero trunk with polished brass fittings, lozine trim and original interior with tray, circa 1915. The leather handles on this trunk are replacements, made as copies of the originals.

In a typically forward-thinking move, 1908 saw Vuitton trademark the name Aero for a new lightweight trunk design. But it wasn’t until France‚Äôs Paris Air exhibition of 1920 that Louis Vuitton fully promoted the aero trunk; a lightweight trunk for gentlemen that was designed to weigh just 26 kg when full, though it was also designed to be able to accommodate:

2 suits
1 overcoat
3 pairs of shorts
3 waistcoats
10 shirts
3 nightshirts
6 pairs of socks
12 handkerchiefs
1 pair of shoes
2 hats
18 shirt collars
Ties and gloves

Object History

Louis Vuitton was founded by its namesake in 1854, with the first shop on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. Monsieur Vuitton had observed that a competitor’s trunk could be easily stacked and in 1858, Vuitton introduced his flat-topped trunks with trianon canvas covering, making them lightweight and airtight. Before this time, rounded-top trunks were generally used, to help water run off, and thus could not be stacked. Vuitton promoted his flat trunks ability to stack with ease for overseas voyages and thus created a successful luxury travel goods business.

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