Travellers’ Tales: Bags Unpacked
Bertil Scali and Pierre Le-Tan, Thames & Hudson, £75
It was Gaston-Louis Vuitton, the grandson of the founder of Louis Vuitton, who coined the firm’s slogan: “Show me your luggage and I’ll tell you who you are.” This proved so potent that soon a Louis Vuitton trunk was recognised as irrefutable proof of wealth, importance and style.
Written by Bertil Scali, using the firm’s unique archive, this gentle, civilised book full of facts about the firm’s famous customers is a nostalgic joy. It is illustrated with charming portraits by Pierre Le-Tan of illustrious clients such as Greta Garbo, who travelled the world with only one small suitcase containing a pair of blue espadrilles, flannel pyjamas and a few pots of jam.