November 13 2011
Louis Vuitton is of course famous for its associations with travel. The brand’s eponymous founder started his career as an apprentice trunkmaker in 1852, and more recently the firm has expanded its travel remit by releasing a new collection of city guides and, last month, an iPhone travel app.
This month, the house releases a portfolio of its most iconic travel photographs, shot by the artist Jean Larivière, who, for the past 30 years, has travelled the globe for the house’s Spirit of Travel advertising campaigns, capturing dawn-lit landscapes in destinations such as Patagonia, Thailand, Nepal, Réunion Island and Yemen.
Just 50 of the drawer box collections have been produced, comprising three sets of unpublished pencil drawings and 20 black and white photographs printed on pure white cotton, each signed and numbered by Larivière himself. Priced at €5,000 each, the collections can be purchased, or admired, exclusively in Louis Vuitton’s flagship maisons around the world, each of which houses a carefully curated libararie of limited-edition and fine books.
First picture: Larivière’s La Comète (1986). Second picture: the portfolio.