Importantly, though, tradition is always open to interpretation, as with Louis Vuitton’s women’s artistic director Nicolas Ghesquière’s interpretation of their classic trunk. A chic, miniaturized take on the formidable luggage of the Gilded Age, the Petite Malle—available in exotic skin—is the perfect hybrid of tradition, craftsmanship, and 21st-century élan.
Other classic styles available in the exotic line include the imminently chic Capucine (named after the first Louis Vuitton store on rue Neuve-des-Capucines), not to mention the Twist and the City Steamer. And, to celebrate that tradition of craftsmanship, the House will be exhibiting its “Time Capsule” at Los Angeles’ Westfield Century City Mall, highlighting Louis Vuitton’s history through a curated selection of rare items from its archives. In conjunction to that, and also in Los Angeles, the Louis Vuitton “Savoir Faire” experience brings together a collection of unique and custom products that will be available for purchase by invitation only, including their offering of exotic goods.
To be sure, the exotic collection is not for the shy. But then again, when you’re trying to make a statement, why not take a walk on the wild side.