Louis Vuitton Exhibit of Celebrity-Designed Trunks Lands in New York

Last stop, New York!

After 10 months on the road, Louis Vuitton’s traveling exhibit celebrating the French founder’s bicentennial has finally arrived in Manhattan.

Titled “200 Trunks, 200 Visionaries,” the immersive show is open to the public in the former Barneys building, as well as the iconic Freds restaurant.

The traveling project includes 200 trunks imagined by luminaries and friends of the house, ranging from artists, singers and thinkers to iconic brands.

Each was invited to personalize a metaphorical blank canvas measuring 50 x 50 x 100 centimeters, approximately the size of the founder Louis Vuitton’s first trunk from the 1850s. And since “LV200” was conceived as a philanthropic enterprise, all the talents donated their $2 million in fees to one of 15 charities in 13 countries to benefit young people.

Designer Marc Jacobs, actor Robin Wright, makeup artist Pat McGrath, activist and author Gloria Steinem, trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort, toymaker Lego and K-pop boy band BTS are just a few. one of the bold names that got creative. Architect Frank Gehry’s masterpiece is on display in a room scalloped with crumpled paper – a nod to his set design for the opera ‘Don Giovanni’ – while Brooklyn-born artist Francesca Sorrenti covered his work with a signature collage. There’s even a 200-track jukebox from British DJ and radio presenter Benji B.

Customers can also drop by the downstairs gift shop, which offers exhibit collectibles, small leather goods, accessories and books, or visit “The Residency”, a space in the basement. floor where visionaries lead interactive workshops and an in-house team prepares Louis Vuitton holidays. windows for the building.

While the show is free to the public, nostalgic New Yorkers will want to book a table at Freds, the lunchtime hotspot famous for fine dining and people-watching that closed in 2020. Louis Vuitton has revived the restaurant on the ninth floor, now nicknamed Freds x Louis, for the duration of the exhibition.

All in all, it’s a moveable party.

Open through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25) at 660 Madison Ave. ; More information

New York Post

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