Louis Vuitton’s global luxury empire was built on trunks. During the Industrial Revolution, Vuitton himself trained as a box maker and packer before developing the first flat-topped trunk, which revolutionized the luggage industry with its ease of mobility and storage. And while its grown to encompass so much more in the last century and a half, the company continues to craft beautiful made-to-order trunks for packing everything from clothes to instruments to typewriters (yes, some people still apparently use and travel with typewriters).
That long, vibrant heritage is celebrated in Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, a new exhibit at the Grand Palais in Paris. Curated by Olivier Saillard and open until Feburary 22, 2016, the exhibit is separated into nine chapters that highlight Monsieur Vuitton’s love for travel as well as the expert craftsmanship that has long been a staple of the house. Each room features an inspiring mix of archival documents, clothing and accessories, but the real stars are, of course, the trunks.
In case you aren’t able to make it to Paris, we’ve rounded up a selection of the exhibit’s most incredible trunks and artifacts in the gallery below.