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Louis Vuitton Blanket Chests

Stackable travel trunks were the first products crafted by the renowned French luxury brand Louis Vuitton. Today, vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, which became available as railway travel was gaining popularity in the 1850s, are typically used as practical pieces of furniture or welcoming decor in modern homes.

The young Louis Vuitton (1821–92), who was born in Anchay, France, and founded his packing company in Paris in 1854 after apprenticing as a packer and box maker, began to make travel trunks as train travel expanded during the 19th century. Offering these new goods in his retail space on rue Neuve des Capucines would meet the demands of the clients who were shuffling on and off railcars in the country’s bustling capital. Trains as well as steamships were carrying travelers near and far, and Vuitton’s handcrafted rectangular trunks — an improvement on the standard round trunks, which didn’t store well — were soon coveted by the modern nomad. Initially, the wood trunks featured gray trianon canvas and, then, striped canvas of varying colors before they would proudly wear the famous Louis Vuitton monogram (integral to determining the authenticity of the brand’s revered handbags).

Louis Vuitton’s upright trunks — a variation on the brand’s first trunks that were introduced in 1858 — made for proper transportation of garments and doubled as actual wardrobes, ensuring that the finery of the day traveled wrinkle-free. Regardless of the orientation, the popular steamer trunks were equipped with bands to secure travel documents as well as convenient shelves and compartments of varying sizes for every possible traveling necessity, including barware.

In 1929, orchestra conductor Leopold Stokowski commissioned Georges Vuitton to design a special trunk. Georges was the only son of Louis Vuitton and had taken over the company’s operations when his father died in 1892. This special commission would yield no ordinary piece of luggage: Stokowski was music director of the Philadelphia orchestra, conducted the classical works for Walt Disney’s Fantasia and would help form the New York City Symphony.

He traveled the world with frequency and basically needed a portable office. Thus, the Secretaire Stokowski was covered in rugged canvas that was branded with the famous Louis Vuitton insignia, featured hardware in solid brass and stood over two feet tall. It was fitted with a foldout desk (subsequent models offered a desk finished in solid beech), drawers for sheet music and a box crafted specifically to hold Stokowski’s typewriter and more.

Today, Louis Vuitton’s furniture lines include sofas and edgy lounge chairs by the likes of designers such as Marcel Wanders and stools by Tokujin Yoshioka, but for vintage collectors and interior designers creating stylish living rooms, it’s usually all about the trunks.

Featuring exterior fabrics such as the brand’s signature Damier (French for checkerboard), heritage Louis Vuitton trunks nowadays add a rich air of nostalgia to contemporary homes more often than they do in private railcars. Whether they’re used as durable coffee tables, nightstands or case pieces, these time-tested steamer trunks are versatile. The right vintage Louis Vuitton trunk can prove a dynamic home accent for modern interiors or, nestled alongside distressed exposed brick walls, a sophisticated furnishing for rustic loft spaces. Find yours on 1stDibs today.

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Louis Vuitton Trunk, Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk, Louis Vuitton Courrier
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
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Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
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Restored Louis Vuitton 1920 Col Victor Jones 14th King Hussars Steamer Trunk
By Louis Vuitton
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer this absolutely stunning fully restored original Louis Vuitton 1920 steamer trunk originally owned by Major VH Jones later Col Victor Jones 14th King Hussar...
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By Louis Vuitton
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
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Fully Restored Extra Large Louis Vuitton Paris 1900 Malle Haute Steamer Trunk
By Louis Vuitton
Located in GB
We are delighted to offer for sale this conservation-restoration circa 1900 extra large Louis Vuitton Paris Malle Haute steamer trunk with full monogrammed canvas Where to begin……...
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Louis Vuitton Blanket Chests for sale on 1stDibs.

Louis Vuitton Blanket Chests are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Louis Vuitton Blanket Chests, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 8 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Louis Vuitton's original Blanket Chests were created in France during the 20th Century in the Victorian style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider Blanket Chests by Goyard. Prices for Louis Vuitton Blanket Chests can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $19,849 and tops out at $38,550, while pieces like these can sell for $33,428 on average.
Questions About Louis Vuitton Blanket Chests
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The Neverfull MM is one of Louis Vuitton's most popular bags. It is not being discontinued.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 24, 2021
    The best way to identify a real Louis Vuitton belt is by looking closely at the buckle. The original belt will always display the brand's initials with sharp edges, while the fake will have more rounded edges. Additionally, a genuine LV belt will always have a slight space between the letter L and V. Another point of identification is the stitching; the genuine belt will have a tight and somewhat slanting stitching pattern. Find a collection of vintage Louis Vuitton clothing and fashion accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 24, 2021
    A LV belt is real if the buckle has a slight space between the initials L and V. The genuine belt will have these initials with sharp edges and never rounded. The stitching pattern of an original Louis Vuitton belt is tight and slightly slanting. If you observe a discrepancy in the stitch, it is probably a fake. Find a range of vintage Louis Vuitton clothing and fashion accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertAugust 17, 2021
    Suhali leather is a leather exclusive to Louis Vuitton This leather is made from the finest goatskin and goes through little chemical treatment, which allows the leather to remain soft to the touch. Shop suhali leather handbags on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Louis Vuitton bags are so expensive due to their exquisite craftsmanship and durable materials. Additionally, the production of Louis Vuitton products is limited, which also increases the brands prices.