The Louis Vuitton trunks in the sale are a testimony to the firm’s reputation for excellence and expertise and to its founder’s desire to elevate travel to an art. The craftmanship of Louis Vuitton trunks is rooted in their founder’s origins. At the age of 16, Vuitton (1821-1892) arrived in Paris and started apprenticing for the French layetier Monsieur Maréchal. In a time when trains and steamships transformed transportation in the mid-19th century, a new breed of travellers called upon French craftsmen named layetier to pack and protect their individual objects. The trunks in which their valuables were stored and protected became highly treasured by their owners. In 1854, Vuitton opened his own trunk-making firm in Paris and with the familiar ‘LV’ monogram introduced in the late19th century, his trunks spread in France and around the world. With a crucial understanding of the art of travel, Louis Vuitton, his brand and trunks thus acted as the new authority on glamour and luxury.