Louis Vuitton + Marc Newson Rolling Luggages Collection

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In addition to its Monogram and Damier canvases, the bag will also be available in seven bright colors of Epi leather.

Long before French fashion house Louis Vuitton had started showing highly covetable ready-to-wear collections in settings like Oscar Niemeyer’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói in Rio, its founder began the brand in 1854, as a small shop specializing in “packing fashion.” Louis Vuitton soon created his first trunk, the Trianon, which owed its success to design breakthroughs at the time, including the use of canvas and glue for its casing, which would keep the clothing inside from smelling of leather. Now, after almost two centuries, the fashion house has pivoted again—in partnership with acclaimed industrial designer Marc Newson on a new line of rolling trunks for the 21st-century traveler.

To start: The carry-on luggage is light. We're talking under five pounds for the carry-on bag, and just under seven pounds for the larger, 37-liter cabin size. While the design is reminiscent of the iconic trunks (think: side hinges and leather corner coverings), the latest styles are the brand’s most aerodynamic yet. Canvas, glue, and leather are now upgraded with self-reinforced polypropylene composite worked into a multi-layered mesh matrix—meaning the elasticity lets the bag absorb shock as it moves.

The bag also has a lightweight aluminum exoskeleton of sorts, which fully opens up the interior packing space—this material also helps to drastically reduce the overall weight of the piece. (The trunk comes in two cabin sizes, and a check-in sized trunk is forthcoming.) But the true contemporary move for Louis Vuitton? The bag, which launches in late September in the brand’s Monogram and Damier canvases, will also be available in a range of seven bright colors of Epi leather—a primary-color rainbow of options.

“I’m obsessive about packing everything into a bag of a certain size, which is why it was so important for me to design a product that could tick all of those boxes and be the kind of perfect piece of luggage for a person like me, that travels and won’t travel with anything more than is absolutely necessary,” says Newson in Condé Nast Traveler's exclusive release of Louis Vuitton’s video on the line. “The brief that I had for the project was fairly open. Really, it was to redesign, primarily, carry-on luggage, but to design it in a way that was appropriate for, say, a contemporary traveler."


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If you’re a fan of Louis Vuitton (who isn’t these days, especially with what Kim Jones has done for the mens collection in recent years) and design wunderkind Marc Newson, here’s a new collection from the French luxury house that will get you excited for sure.

In collaboration with Marc Newson, Louis Vuitton has launched a new collection ofRolling Luggages that aims to meet the needs of today’s 21st century traveller. Featuring 3 important innovations that every frequent flyer will appreciate, it a) is made up of an ultra-thin titanium layer bonded to the polypropylene composite shell that makes it super lightweight, b) comes with an external full-width extendable cane (handle) with a simple zip puller closing system and c) is the very first of all Louis Vuitton luggages today to have four wheels, In other words, it’s light, it’s easy to use and most importantly, it will be easier to manoeuver as well, which should cut time spent from the time you disembark the plane to getting into your car by at least a third.

Available in 2 sizes, a Mini50 and a Cabin55 (because God forbid you check in something as gorgeous and as precious as this), this would be the luggage you use for a short two-day trip (use the Mini 50) or go for the maximum allowed onto any airline (the Cabin 55).

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Now for the best part. The Rolling Luggages will come in at least 6 different finishes, which means after you’ve decided on the size, you’ll have to choose from between the following: Monogram Canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier Graphite, Epi (a virtual rainbow of choices here), Taiga and something called VVN, which is basically Vuitton’s vachetta leather wrapped around the entire luggage and one that will patina beautifully over time.

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Priced from SGD3650 all the way to SGD8100 depending on finish and size, here’s another bit of information that will please all of you in Singapore. Whilst the rest of South Asia will only get this new collection sometime in end-September, we can all buy it now at Louis Vuitton boutiques across the island, from Marina Bay Sands to Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard.

So what do I have my eye on? Right now it’s the Cabin55 in either Monogram Canvas orMonogram Eclipse, which are also the only ones (along with Damier Graphite) that can be personalised with your initials with LV’s Mon Monogram service. How not to #LVOE?


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