Louis Vuitton celebrates its workshops and artisans in a chic new volume
Manufactures Louis Vuitton, published by Assouline, explores the French house’s savoir-faire through specially commissioned photography
Louis Vuitton spotlights its craftsmen in new book by Assouline, Manufactures Louis Vuitton. Author, historian and journalist Nicholas Foulkes delves into the craft traditions of the house by exploring its creations: trunks, bags, perfumes, watches, shoes, fine jewelry and ready-to-wear. Skills intertwined with the brand’s design codes are celebrated in specially commissioned photographs that place artisans at the heart of the process.
The photograph celebrates both the brand’s history and contemporary creative methods, from capturing Louis, Georges and Gaston-Louis Vuitton outside the Atelier d’Asnières to exploring the sprawling Ranch Rochambeau in Texas. Other images explore the artistry, taking a closer look at complex design methodologies, including the precise stitching on the sneakers and refining the fit of the ubiquitous LV monogram leather.
Louis Vuitton emphasizes local craftsmanship, drawing on the expertise of global artisans in a revamp of the traditional centralized workshop. Workshops are based around the world – throughout France, in Geneva, Fiesso d’Artico in Italy and in Texas. The workshops are judiciously located: in Ducey in Normandy, the picturesque island of Mont-Saint-Michel can be admired from the window; in Beaulieu-sur-Layon, a bright location results in a low environmental impact.
Inside the page of Manufactures Louis Vuitton
Ranch Rochambeau workshop in Texas
The book is an elegant tribute to a house that has stayed true to the original design language set out in 1854, emphasizing enduring style and enduring quality. The Louis Vuitton founder brought an art to the banality of travel through luggage and accessories that are both practical and chic. In the new collections, designers from various disciplines, including architecture and art, have reinterpreted this functionality in designs that put art at the heart. It’s an aesthetic summed up succinctly by Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton: “Fundamentally, it’s not about luggage, it’s about innovation. §