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Louis Vuitton Wardrobes and Armoires

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 Wardrobe Trunk, Louis Vuitton Trunk, Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
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Located in Pambio Noranco, CH
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Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
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Louis Vuitton Wardrobes and Armoires for sale on 1stDibs.

Louis Vuitton Wardrobes and Armoires are available on 1stDibs for sale. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Louis Vuitton wardrobes and armoires, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 10 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Louis Vuitton's original Wardrobes and Armoires were created in France during the 20th century in the Art Deco style. Many customers also consider Wardrobes and Armoires by Louis Majorelle and Jules Leleu if you are looking for additional options. The prices for Louis Vuitton Wardrobes and Armoires can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $15,123 and tops out at $49,627, while pieces like these can sell for $31,737 on average.
Questions About Louis Vuitton Wardrobes and Armoires
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Louis Vuitton burns unsold bags to maintain exclusivity and to prevent counterfeiters from illegally profiting from the manufacture and sale of unauthorized copies of the company's products. A 2018 Business Insider report suggests that for companies in the fashion industry, taking measures to destroy unsold products has become somewhat of a standard practice, as manufacturers have stated that the process protects intellectual property and prevents counterfeiting.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Yes, Louis Vuitton handbags are typically cheaper in France. On 1stDibs, however, you can find Louis Vuitton handbags at a range of prices.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    No Louis Vuitton never has sales. On 1stDibs, however, you can find Louis Vuitton bags in a variety of styles and colors at a range of prices.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Yes, you can customize a Louis Vuitton bag. Specifically, you can have your Louis Vuitton products hot stamped, engraved, or even painted.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The price of a preowned Louis Vuitton purse is dependent on a number of factors such as condition, rarity, popularity, style and color. In 2015, the luxury house is said to have introduced its most expensive bag at the time — a crocodile-skin City Steamer satchel. On 1stDibs.com, you can find a variety of Louis Vuitton purses for a range of prices.