Luxe Trunks to Last a Lifetime
by justin min
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Damier Graphite Président briefcase ($5,150); Damier Graphite three-watch case ($780); Damier Graphite wallet ($780); and Alzer 65 ($7,200), 70 ($7,350), and 75 ($7,500) Damier Graphite trunks. Crystals, CityCenter, 702-262-6189; louisvuitton.com
Las Vegas was still a blip on the pioneer trail to California when Georges Vuitton, son of famed luggage maker Louis Vuitton, was introducing his father’s luxurious trunks to the world in the late 1800s. Both Vegas and Louis Vuitton have grown much since then, the former to a world-class city with nearly 40 million visitors a year—and a local base with an itch for high-end travel. After Vuitton trunks emerged as the luggage of choice for the well-appointed travel set, the original brown Damier pattern became an instant trademark for luxury voyaging. Its latest iteration is also its darkest: Damier Graphite. This deep color gives off an incredibly sensual, masculine look, particularly in the stackable Alzer trunks made to order in up to six sizes. Each piece is created by hand from 30-year-old poplar wood that has been allowed to dry for four years to provide a strong and durable frame. “The Alzer trunks are a must-have for Louis Vuitton connoisseurs and those who indulge in the luxury lifestyle,” says Farid Matraki, senior vice president and general manager for Crystals at CityCenter. “Timeless style and priceless treasure: The Alzer trunk is the true embodiment of both.” This year, Louis Vuitton has launched an initiative on its website called The Art of Packing, which includes a virtual walk-through on how to properly fold your cherished wardrobe pieces according to the specific model of luggage purchased. So whether you are traveling to or from Sin City, make sure to have the Vegas-worthy glamour of the Damier Graphite at your side.
photography by brian klutch