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7 things you didn’t know about the Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk

For many years we have admired the fine craftmanship of the Louis Vuitton steamer trunks. Although hardly practical now with airline luggage limits (unless you own a private jet of course) they still embody such nostalagia and luxury that we were inspired to find out a little bit more about this beautiful luggage.

Here’s 7 things you may not know about Louis Vuitton steamer trunks

1. The very first Louis Vuitton trunk was introduced to the world in 1858. It was a flat-bottom trunk with trianon canvas, lightweight and airtight.  They were the first trunks to have a flat top and bottom so as to be more easily transported and stackable.  Previously, trunks of the day featured rounded tops.

2. Steamer trunks were named, before air travel was around,  after their location of storage in the cabin of a steam ship, or “steamer”.

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Even in the 1800s, there were LV fakes and knockoffs.

3. In 1872, to combat imitator trunks that were being produced, Vuitton introduced the Rayée print canvas—a striped pattern in red and white.

The Vuitton stamp was introduced in 1888.

4. To further avoid imitation of his look, Vuitton introduced the Damier canvas in 1888. The antique Louis Vuitton Damier canvas appeared in two colour schemes: the more rare, red (dark red dots over a dark brown background) and white checker, and the more common, light and dark brown checker. Upon the introduction of the Damier pattern, Vuitton began placing “marque L. Vuitton déposée”.  This was the only identifying mark that denoted a trunk as an authentic Louis Vuitton.. The Damier canvas is still used frequently to this day.

The monogram was born in 1896.

5. After Louis Vuitton passed away his son took over the company and introduced the now-iconic LV monogram print, which he released in 1897 and is still one of the most easily recognisable prints used today.

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 Louis Vuitton steamer trunks in the movies

6. The steamer trunks have featured in movies such as the talented Mr Ripley, Nine, Love in the Afternoon, A View to Kill, Titanic, Charade, Coming to America and Blue Jasmin to name a few.

 

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Louis Vuitton steamer trunks as furniture

7. Vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunks are now purchased primarily as furniture pieces and retail anywhere from $5000 to $50,000

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Todays version of the Louis Vuitton steam trunk is on our lust list!

 

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