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The Story Behind The Show-Stopping Trunks At Louis Vuitton's Singapore Showcase

The bespoke trunks are the true highlights of the maison's new savoir faire showcase at Takashimaya Shopping Centre.

One positive takeaway from the impact of the pandemic on the retail scene is the stronger emphasis and appreciation for craftsmanship and technical know-how – or as the French calls it “savoir-faire”. That respect for heritage and well-made products in these unprecedented times means more luxury retailers are using the chance to highlight the importance of authentic slow fashion items made by hands.

Bomboca Sofa by the Campana Brothers

One fashion juggernaut who knows the value of craftsmanship intrinsically well is Louis Vuitton. It has just launched a savoir-faire showcase on the upper floor of its Takashimaya Shopping Centre duplex which will run until August 2. The space has been converted into a playground for true Louis Vuitton fans as it is filled with handmade objets and curios like furniture pieces from the brand’s designer collaborations (cue the cloud-shaped Bomboca Sofa by the Campana Brothers) to a fully monogrammed foosball table.

The perfect LV ‘man cave’

For us, the main attraction would have to be the various novelty trunks on display – ranging from one fashioned as a vanity dresser to one designed as a dollhouse. The craft of making these wooden and leather pieces stretches back to the middle of the 19th century when Louis Vuitton catered to customers who would indent orders to store their most cherished belongings during their travels. Today, every trunk is still hand-assembled in the same workshop in Asnieres, a village a few kilometres northwest of Paris, which has been running since 1859.

The Louis Vuitton workshop in Asnieres

Above, we highlight some of the show-stopping trunk designs you will come in contact with during your tour of the showcase. But before you head down, do note that visits will be scheduled via private appointments – thanks coronavirus. Simply book a slot through the Louis Vuitton Client Services hotline at 6788-3888.

MALLE MAISON VIVIENNE
This portable dollhouse is the luxurious abode for the Louis Vuitton mascot Vivienne and includes a terrace, bedroom, bathroom, office, living room, kitchen, and playroom. It even comes with its own miniature version of the house’s iconic Courrier Lozine 110 trunk. #Inception. MALLE COIFFEUSE
Made for the ultimate beauty indulgence, this vanity table-in-a-trunk contains several compartments, drawers and trays to store everything from perfumes to your makeup products. It comes with its own matching foldable leather stool which can be stowed inside a niche in the trunk. AFTERNOON TEA TRUNK
As its name suggests, this trunk packs all the necessities you need for a decadent afternoon picnic, such as Limoges chinaware, teapots, cups, a removable serving tray, and silver-plated cutlery. STRAPS TRUNK
A collaboration between men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh and Japanese streetwear guru Nigo, this truly hype piece is inspired by Louis Vuitton’s classic Cabin Trunk. The duo swapped the usual wooden panels of the trunk with stretch cotton straps for something more irreverently cool. COURRIER LOZINE IN MONOGRAM TUFFETAGE
Back in the day, Louis Vuitton would create trunks and fill them with flowers as a thank you gesture for his VIPs. Virgil Abloh riffed on that idea and created these trunks filled with blooms for the set of his men’s Spring/Summer 2020 show. Each design comes complete with a removable pot to store your flowers, water and soil – and to keep with the nature theme, it also boasts a tufted green exterior to give the illusion of moss. SNEAKERS BOX
Let your designer sneakers have pride of place at home in this fancy shoe box which lets you view your kicks through a clear Perspex door. The box hides a compartment to store your shoecare equipment and accessories. COURRIER LOZINE TIROIRS
This adaption of the quintessential Louis Vuitton Courrier Lozine 110 trunk was created in response to how the latter is popularly co-opted as a coffee table. The trunk boasts plenty of storage compartments including four pull out drawers.