Louis Vuitton Mall a Chapeaux. Paris, 1920s


Louis Vuitton trunk datable to the second decade of the twentieth century, restored and brought back to its original condition. It is a Malle à Chapeaux for women, that is a light, simple and practical trunk-hatbox, created to carry hats without “Madam being afraid of finding them damaged on arrival”.
Upholstered in Monogram canvas, a fabric featuring rosette and monogram (“LV”) motifs, invented in 1896 by Georges Vuitton, son of Louis.

The hardware is brass, the locks and nails are branded, the finishes in lozine, leather and wood. The initials “M. S. H.”, placed on both short sides, provide information regarding the first owner; the wording “New York # 2c” completes the customization. Interior lined with satin with ecru ribbons placed under the lid, pair of stackable “ribbon cages”, i.e. mobile containers with a wooden frame on which a canvas ribbon is stretched, original label bearing the unique product number (769932) and label of the New York retailer “Saks & Cy New York”, an important chain of US department stores founded in 1898. This type of trunk was made in eight different sizes, depending on the type and quantity of hats they were to contain and the in order to accommodate different specifications.

Louis Vuitton trunks, iconic pieces of furniture and collectibles, are still resistant and waterproof today, examples of great craftsmanship.

Dimensions: 55 x 61.5 x 50cm

CODE: ABVI1A0208888


– Pierre Lèonforte, Éric Pujalet Plaà, 100 legendary trunks – Louis Vuitton, Abrams, New York, 2010.

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