Louis Vuitton travels back in time to open the Library Trunk designed for Ernest Hemingway. The house of the most prestigious trunk-maker reveals a story of trunks, of monograms, of secret drawers, promised writings and rebirths. Louis Vuitton revisits its love of words and travel to introduce the trunk commissioned for the renowned American author and journalist. In the mid-19th century, Louis Vuitton began to create personalized trunks for stuff like photographic equipment, musical instruments, camp beds, shower rooms and dressing tables all took to the road. Ernest Hemingway’s desire for an ideal trunk also took shape in May 1927 in form of the library trunk. Designed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, it is a marvel of secret drawers and snug shelves that accompanied the writer on his travels.
However, the trunk was out of scene for a long time till it was rediscovered in the basement of The Ritz in Paris, along with the long-lost manuscript of A Moveable Feast, Hemingway’s posthumous masterpiece. Years later, this intriguing tale was taken up by Nicolas d’Estienne d’Orves, whose short story Sentinels of the Void joined works by Yann Moix, Virginie Despentes and Eliette Abecassis, among others, in the anthology The Trunk, a paean to the celebrated literary spirit of Saint-Germain des Prés and Louis Vuitton’s love of words.
This spirit is revived in the Louis Vuitton writing store, where one-off pens, exclusive inks and crystal inkstands mix with the Writing collection and the now legendary library trunks.