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.
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.
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.
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.