Decorating & Design

December 23, 2010

Last-Minute Gift Idea

The chic can be hard to shop for: they’re usually very specific about what they like and, most intimidatingly, even more certain about what they don’t. Searching for gifts for these cool couples and stylish singles can be a hair pulling experience. So I was thrilled when I discovered the book Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks (2010 Abrams).

Photo Blog Louis Vuitton Trunk Bedroom

The book is filled with more than 800 images of the sought-after designer creations, from steamers and tea cases to library trunks and toiletry kits, as well as the stories of their creations and an insider’s peek at the secrets of making a LV trunk.

Photo Blog Louis Vuitton Trunks

Photo Blog Louis Vuitton Trunks

Favoured by everyone from adventurers to aristocrats, the LV trunk has long been a fashion statement for those on the move. I’m not a big fan of lots of logos, but when these pedigreed pieces travel into rooms, the results are usually glamorously global. So, I went on the hunt for pics of them in haute homes.

Photo Blog Louis Vuitton Trunk Living Room

A 1921 LV advertising slogan stated, “Show me your luggage and I’ll tell you who you are.” Tommy Hilfiger’s living room proves the statement. Tommy has always been a little wild — a bold blend of classic, sexy and masculine that sometimes comes together and sometimes not.

Photo Blog Louis Vuitton Trunk

Here’s a very similar piece, photographed by Todd Selby in the Louis Vuitton family home. Here, it reads old world, refined and …. expensive.

Photo Blog Louis Vuitton Trunk Bedroom

This is my favourite look. Stacked and topped with a tray, the leather accents and worldly vibe bring vintage style to this simple DIY set-up — something your chic friends will certainly appreciate.

For some more affordable gift ideas, browse our 15 Gifts Under $50 photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1-3. From Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks (2010 Abrams)
4. Tommy Hilfiger living room,
5. Console, The Selby, photography by Todd Selby
6. Bedside tables, Marie Burgos Design