‘Twas a glorious day for a field trip, so local photographer Paul Picasso and I drove to Beverly Hills for a pop-up pop art fashion museum at Louis Vuitton. The first floor in the pink pleasure palace on Rodeo Drive has been converted into a luxurious gallery, with attendants dressed in black explaining the history of the brand. At the age of 16, Louis Vuitton arrived in Paris and started an apprenticeship making luggage. In 1859 he opened an atelier in Asnières, not far from the center of Paris, with 20 employees designing leather goods. Today, 170 craftsmen work in that same atelier.
Upstairs in the store it was business as usual–perfumes, clothing, bits and bobs. I priced an iPhone case at $1,150.00 and so on. The perfumes are delicious and I fell in love with the spicy lemon fragrance.
Poor Louie was bullied for his handsome appearance and style sense. I think he got the last laugh. Remember in high school when you would copy your initials over and over on your Pee-Chee folder? Well. Louie did something with his. RIP Louis Vuitton, your reputation lives on. Your designs and innovation continue to fascinate.
The Louis Vuitton X Exhibit will be open to the public through November 10, 2019. It is free and you can even score some fragrance samples!