Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday with Carol: Markels in Manhattan

A Markel Meet-Up to See
Volez Voguez Voyager 
with Louis Vuitton
Just so happens that the classic French brand, Louis Vuitton, is doing some super branding in New York City at the moment. They've got an ultra-cool exhibit at the American Stock Exchange, revealing all the aspects of travel for which they have designed luggage since 1874 when Louis Vuitton founded the company.

The exhibit installation is amazing and elegant and showcases the luggage and accouterments to a Louis V.

On a warm November day, the sun shone on the Markels as we gathered on Trinity Place, to share some sister and brother time -- and see this exhibit. With me were Susan, David, Jeanne and niece, Samantha.
V for Vuitton.
L - R: David, Susan, Carol and Jeanne. 
This show is free.
 At the entrance to the exhibit, a magical, digital animation of
a subway car pulls in to the station every few minutes.
 The doors open and close, and you can virtually
enter the car.
 I had to stop this lady for a photo.
Her wonderful coat is by Dries Van Noten.
 In 1835, at the age of 14, Louis Vuitton left
his native village in the Jura Mountains of France
and walked to Paris. It took him 2 years.
 He founded his company in 1854.
Jeanne poses with a valise.
 The style of this trunk evinces the French sense of
beauty and functionality.
This luggage is not for stuffing in overhead bins.
 A gentleman's haberdashery.
 Louis Vuitton invented the
vertical wardrobe trunk.
Note the canvas bands on the drawer
which was for hats.
 Ribbons were carried in the trunk to
tie the hats up to the canvas strips 
 to suspend and secure them.
A few wrinkles? No matter, an ironing
board (and ladies maid) were handy.
 Some beautiful accessories of yesteryear.
 Shoe trunk for 30 pairs of shoes 
once belonging to Yvonne Printemps,
a famous singer of the day.
Sea travel became a craze in the
early 20th century.
Vuitton invented the steamer bag, shown above.
The exhibit designers created a yacht's
prow, and it was full steam ahead...
the wind in our hair....
 Susan and Jeanne pose with the yacht's sail.
 The aviation section of the exhibit.
 Welcome aboard the Orient Express with a passing
landscape in the window.

 Trunk specifications for famous designers.

 Katherine Hepburn's gown and trunk.
 Paul Poiret's painting smock.
It had some paint on it.
 After the exhibit, we went to lunch at the
Pound and Pence pub. Susan gave David a
pepper for his birthday, and she gave me a delightful
vintage party decoration.
 Jeanne and I shared a Guinness.
After the pub, it was off to Petee's Pie
on Delancey Street.

 Very scrumptious, indeed.

A Bientot!

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