Marc Newson Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new collection of rolling luggage created in collaboration with Australian designer Marc Newson. Amazingly lightweight and sturdy, the new Louis Vuitton luggage is expressly designed for the 21st century traveler.

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Marc Newson

Australia’s most lauded design export, Marc Newson, has again collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a range of rolling Luggage that marries the designer’s signature predilection for curvilinear forms and bold colours with the ‘Art of Travel’ ethos that underpins the storied French house

I feel that I am in many ways kind of uniquely placed to be able to do that, as a consumer more so than a designer

Marc Newson

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Marc Newson’s designs, 18 months in development, eventuated in an increased internal volume of 15%

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What compelled me to join forces with Louis Vuitton was the challenge to design a great piece of Luggage, because like a lot of people, I travel a lot

Marc Newson

Dropping in stores from July 15 and online from September 30, Vuitton and Newson’s rolling trunks were 18 months in the making and are a surefire sign that haute hand Luggage has reached its zenith. Each piece boast, per Vuitton, ‘a new type of self-reinforced polypropylene composite, essentially representing the structure of the trunk, moulded in a mesh matrix of several layers’, – meaning he cases are both light and able to withstand the rigours of travel.


The Louis Vuitton x Newson trunk will be availble in the signature Monogram canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier check print, Graphite, Taiga leather and in natural cowhide leather that comes in seven colors of Epi leather.


Other innovattions include ‘a transversal side hinge’ that allows for a complete 180 degree opening; a three-diget TSA approved combination lock to secure your invaluable assets and a single zip – all in the name of reducing weight and streamlining your time in transit, and all of wich are patent pending.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re striving to break new ground in terms of developing a product which is one of the lightest on the market, and from a technical perspective is one of the most rigorously designed and engineerd

Marc Newson

Alongside the classic monographed models, Newson’s of New Rolling Luggage includes bright orange, pink and yellow versions with only minimal logos.



The four-wheeled suitcases – which come in mini, cabin and maxi sizes – feature extendable handles that retract into the outside edge of the trunks, so as not to interfere with packing space.



The smallest of the lightweight bags in the collection weight just 2.9 kilograms, but its internal space is 13 per cent larger than similar bags.



A side handle for carrying and a padlock system have also been built into the side of the trunk

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Australian designer Marc Newson has reinvented Louis Vuitton iconic trunks, making them lighter and more spacious on the inside (+ slideshow).

Newson has previously worked with Vuitton on the creation of a leather and shearling backpack ‘Celebrating Monogram’.





Hermès Out of Africa

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Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke aka Isak Dineson

French Maison Hermès has been searching through its archives and has discovered a beautiful luggage case that was specially designed for the ‘Out of Africa’ author Karen Blixen.

Otherwise known as Isak Dineson, the case was one of two supposedly designed for the writer during the 30s, the first being in 1930 and the second, more complicated version in 1935.



Reportedly the latter consumed 368 hours of work and is an extraordinarily complicated piece of luggage, truly worthy of an aristocrat facing the demanding African landscape.

Both pieces feature delicate inlays and engraving, with most pieces finished with a baronesses’ crown and the author’s DBF monogram which stood for Dineson Blixen-Finecke, a combination of her maiden and married names. Her full title was in fact Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke.


As you can see there are a gargantuan amount of little pockets, nooks, crannies and vials that were made to house everything from spirits to smoking accessories, from playing cards to writing instruments, from perfume to sewing items, and from cosmetics to jewellery. She would have rivaled Mary Poppins.


Sadly and interestingly, the case never seemed to make it to Africa. Blixen left the continent in 1931, (her fledgling coffee plantation at the foot of the N’gong Hills having been hit by drought and financial hardship) and so no one really knows who commissioned the exquisite case for her.

It’s a beautiful thing and if you’re going on an extended safari, you could do a lot worse than ask Hermès to make a third… Come into the beautiful world of Hermès.