Inside Louis Vuitton’s New Exhibit in Paris

Karl Lagerfeld at the exhibit’s opening. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has always been connected to travel: Its founder, the original Louis, first got to Paris by walking 280 miles from his home in the mountains of France on his own two feet. In 1854, he opened a shop of luxury trunks there that, in the years following, would go from specializing in packing away fashion to becoming a major fashion house itself.

That story is traced in “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” (Fly, Sail, Travel), a new exhibition filled with plenty of LV-stamped archives and even a rare painting by Gustave Courbet. Organized by noted curator Olivier Saillard, it opened in Paris on Friday, and is up at the Grand Palais until February. Click through the slideshow for a look inside, plus scenes from last night’s preview with Karl Lagerfeld, Catherine Deneuve, and, in his first post-Lanvin fashion appearance, Alber Elbaz.