August 8, 2013

The art of

At age 14 Louis Vuitton left his hometown in Jura and walked 250 miles to Paris. If he brought belongings, it’s a safe bet he packed them well and learned to travel light. Once in Paris he became apprentice to a trunk-maker who packed the goods of wealthy travelers. At the time, packing meant building customized boxes for each individual trip.

Though nobody does it this way anymore, the art of packing is not dead. Somewhere between tradition and innovation, the Louis Vuitton company, founded in 1854, is reviving the skill. The Alzer luggage, the Pégase carry-on, the Keepall bag have supplemented the line, turning packing from a chore into an accomplishment.

For perfect packing start with heavy items first: toiletries, shoes in separate bags, a Louis Vuitton City Guide. Fill any spaces with underwear, socks and rolled belts. Layer an open trench coat, women’s slacks, then shirts laid head to tail (collars upturned, every other button fastened). Use the pant legs and jacket arms to envelop the shirts.

To avoid creases, roll T-shirts and sweaters. Fold a blouson jacket in two so the collar is visible, the arms tucked behind. On top, place suits or dresses in a garment bag and fold it in thirds, or else lay them in the Alzer’s removable tray. As serious globetrotters know, a well-packed bag is key to a wrinkle-free trip.

Find out more about The Art of Packing here.

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