A must-have Goyard tea trunk!
Impeccable refinement and manufacturing quality
A return to the beginning of the 20th century, that is what this photo inspires, isn't it ?
Large-sized locks, protection of the reinforcing slats, reinforced edges... no doubt, this picture has been taken in the USA.
As can be seen on this picture, there is an impressive number of workers.
I think that nowadays, it would represent the whole profession!
Following the example of his colleague, Moynat has developed different types of canvasses.
Brown damier canvas, red damier (not photographed), plain orange or brown canvas, and finally the “M” monogrammed canvasses.
The trunks of the counter come from our website La Malle en coin.
A lovely decoration idea and we dream of building a wall in the same way in the library of a castle.
Edited in 1000 copies
Hard cover with leather label / 100 color illustrations
Size: 40 x 27 cm (landscape format) / 176 pages
Published in December 2011
For sale at Moynat Paris, St Honoré street
At Reve de Bagages in Haguenau
I could not help but take a photo…
We have had the visit of a Parisian customer who came to pick a large flat-top American trunk (100X50X55) and we were very surprised while helping him to load!!! A SMART car! ...
Well, it did fit in the car!
And here is the ancestral method that enables to place a nail on a trunk, in a perfectly solid way.
We remind you that a trunk is always built without any screw!
This is the Grail for any Vuitton collector: a trunk-bed is very rare and not easy to find…
For 10 years, the Musée du Bagage has been presenting one... a unique piece from 1868.
Well, we just found a second one!!
To the amateurs interested, we will put on sale a trunk-bed in 2012…
There will be one and only one…
The museum has two of them (one is for sale); the harp trunks are the largest trunks available on the market.
For example, when converted into a closet, they enable to store more than 3’000 CDs / DVDs.
This one will be auctioned during a sale of musical instruments.
Here are the photos of a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, taken out of his attic by one of our customers.
The trunk is whitish, dirty. The brass hardware is oxidized.
The main challenge, in that case, is to treat that special canvas, used by Vuitton in the end of the 19th century.
The monogram is drawn by the weave of the canvas.
Cleaning can begin
"Trunk-makers speak to trunk-makers"
- the clasp is not handsome
- the lozine is clearing off
- the lock is not safe
- the binding is not proud
- the wardrobe challenges me
- the drawers have the blues
Trunk-maker JCB depressed for 14 seconds
Christian Hahn's program GsunTheim will be broadcasted on Sunday, March 18 at 11:25.
To organize a joyful mess, there is nothing like a television crew coming to shoot a program with comedians in the Musée du Bagage.
1 director, 1 script-girl, 1 makeup artist, 3 grips, 2 cameramen, 1 sound engineer, 1 assistant director, actors, 2 presenters,
Add cables, wires, spotlights, crates…
Shake it all… and there it is… It is a joyful mess for 2 days.
There are some hazy mornings when, on opening our email box, we believe we are not sufficiently awake to believe what we see…
Thus, one morning, we received the below photos.
I examined them well and I thought that, for "parts", in a cannibalizing process, it could be useful.
The diagnosis is simple:
- The lid of that wardrobe trunk has vanished (canvas and wood)
- One of the bottom slats is totally "rotten"
- Lozine is destroyed
The trunk has all its pieces.
But when we brought back that trunk to the workshop, we said to ourselves that the challenge of restoring it would be really interesting, to test ourselves.
They are the restoration steps of that trunk that I propose to describe.
Few workshops agree to show their "methods"… On the contrary I think that the description of the work will enable many amateurs to think it over before embarking on this type of works. But that will also encourage you not to discard partially destroyed parts.
Here is a beautiful Louis Vuitton women hat trunk.
It is a monogrammed version, with lozine bindings, leather handles, and brass hardware.
Our client bought it abroad on a public auction.
She brought it to us for restoration.
I propose here to see the result, after:
- cleaning the brass hardware
- cleaning the canvas
- mending the scratches
We are often asked for more tips about restoring... and the first tip that we reveal to you, for that Vuitton restoration, is that we have used NO product to clean the brass hardware. Everything is handmade. Ban "Miror" and other miracle pastes.
Once the restoration is finished, we will use however on the metal parts, a special wax, based on petroleum, to ensure preservation, limit contact with air and thus avoid oxidation.
We still have work, but the trunk already looks better… does not it?
The rest when the trunk will be totally restored.
Restoration for a customer
Rare Louis Vuitton trunk coated with zinc, brass bindings (trunk used in the exploration of tropical countries).
Brass lock with original key
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Did you know that Alsace:
- is ranked third in France for its dynamism in terms of innovation;
- was propelled into the top 10 "must-see regions" in 2010 by the Lonely Planet guide;
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- has the largest streetcar network in France, the first connected streetcar / train, as well as
- thousands of km of bikeways, one of the largest networks in Europe;
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- is the true geographical heart of Europe ...
In Oklahoma City, a trunk, that had been sealed for 100 years, has been opened and has revealed some incredibly preserved treasures. It is the whole outfit of the time that was discovered: magazines, suits, shoes, everyday objects…
A real time travel
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The Museum of the Great War chose La Malle en coin to provide decoration baggage.
Temporary exhibition dedicated to the painter Josso.
Nowadays the sleeping beauties are only seldom used for traveling.
Hereunder is a list of ideas that we have found or created with customers:
- Pile of suitcases 80, 70 , 60 and 50 cm in the entry
By forming a kind of perfect totem, it evokes the departure in the Orient-Express. :-)
- Steamer trunk at the bed end to store the blankets for winter
But some customers have other ideas, like these Wardrobe trunks
used in a bathroom to store/display bathrobes, towels, soap and other bathroom accessories.
Many are those who use small trunks as laundry basket, lingerie trunk or chest for secrets…
Trunks can also be found as valets in bedrooms or as extra seats.
Some use them as stand to put a nice lamp in a corridor, or as bedside table.
Sometimes we create a custom-made plinth to display them, or else, like at that man from Luxembourg’s home, we make a glass cube that totally protects the trunk.
Thus displayed in a case, it becomes a kind of objet d’art within everyone’s sight but out of reach for hands.
Several years ago, someone from a major luxury brand, looking at the photos of a restoration work, had said to me:
“It’s super, but, as I have no photos showing the previous condition, I cannot make out enough the work that has been done”.
That had given me an idea that we have just carried out.
The canvas of the trunk is the original. It has only been fixed and some little parts have been replaced.
All the parts of the trunk are original. Only restoration has been done (lock excepted, see below).
The stables strips have been painted only to delimit the two areas.
The missing lock has been replaced by a cast brass one that we have made according to the sand casting process
Then it has been treated, polished, assembled piece by piece and riveted again as it was originally.
It is functional without mechanism. Of course it bears no logo, as it is not original.
Reminder: Should we allow ourselves to affix a LV logo, we would be making counterfeit.
Obviously enough that item is not for sale, but only meant to show our ability for refurbishing.
It will be exhibited under glass in the Musée du Bagage.
Loïc, aged 16, came to work in our workshops last summer.
A true experience for him and for us!
The bellow photo is very informative…
Loïc, aged 16, finishes cleaning a Nuremberg trunk from the 17th century i.e. aged more than 350!
Generations follow one another and that type of timeless object remains…
We found that trunk in Berlin…
Under its layer of dust, nobody had noticed the monogram on both sides; we ourselves thought we had bought a mere large-sized leather steamer trunk. That was already a very good thing.
When the trunk was delivered by the trucker, while unpacking we had glimpsed the logo.
After restoring, we did some research to try to know who the previous owner was.
It was the Grand Duke Kirill of Russia.
To sum up:
Cyrille Vladimirovitch of Russia (in Russian : Кирилл Владимирович Романов, born 12 October 1876 in Tsarskoïe Selo, died 12 October 1938 in Neuilly-sur-Seine
Was Grand Duke of Russia
Member of the house of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Rear-Admiral in the Imperial Navy of Russia
Head of the Imperial Family of Russia from 1924 to 1938 (pretender to the throne)
You will find full “Wikipedia” information on that character here : ici
Building a trunk is not impossible for those who have time, the needed spare parts and a minimum of manual dexterity.
In this post, we have listed all the elements necessary for the making of a trunk.
We advise you to buy poplar plywood.
You will be careful to assemble the whole of it with white glue and standard casing nails.
Once your box and lid created, the construction of your trunk can begin.
You will find below a list of all the elements necessary for your project.
All the presented items can be found in our spare part online shop
I found it necessary to write this post, following some recent events…
The first one is an email received from someone asking me to restore a trunk identical to the one above… The person describes the trunk as “antique”.
Yet it is a trunk found NEW in “consignment” shops for about 50 euros…
Therefore I did some research to find where it comes from, how much it costs…
That type of trunk can be found for $ 5… Yes indeed, you read right… $ 5, for an order of 100 pcs in China.
We bought one as a sample a few months ago.
The wood is in fact compressed sawdust which weighs 2 tons; leather is PVC, bindings are glued, etc. etc.
This trunk is sold in China $ 40 i.e. around 30 euros (1’000 pcs).
In a M… du Monde shop, it is offered at around 400 euros…
The trunk is described as leather-made (composition leather out of leather powder), as equipped with a lock (yes but it is one-piece with no mechanism), with nails (yes but the nails are only glued nailheads!!).
Trunk sold in China for $ 50 for an order of 100 pcs
Found here on a flea market offered by a junk dealer as being restored by him!!!
Then below, sets of different trunks, always sold by set of 3 pcs, for about $ 5 each for an order of 100 sets.
These trunks are presently offered on the flea markets in Switzerland for around CHF 150 per piece!
To cut a long story short, I beg you… Buy nothing if necessary… but do not buy that…
Leather suitcases, cartridge box, leather expandable suitcase, leather scroll case, etc.
In 1932, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in a “USA” trunk from the beginning of the century
In the USA, Mori’s leather shop offers a wide range (around 1940).
In the foreground and on the left: wardrobe trunks
On the shelves: suitcases, hat trunks…
In the shop window: small leather items
When Mr. de Brazza was leaving for Congo to fulfil the mission during which he was to die, had he foreseen that he would have to collect over there and bring back serious documents? The fact remains that he had asked the well-known trunk-maker Mr. Louis Witton a “secretaire trunk”, fitted out specially to keep against any attack or indiscretion the documents that would be entrusted to him. The ingenious manufacturer had made a piece of furniture very practical and at the same time completely impregnable.
A little before/after restauration of a Vuiton shoe trunk.
Link to a video that is part of our Youtube channel
A list of video reports by TF1, France 2, France 3, and France 5, but also CBS and NTV…
Here is a lucky find! An exceptional one!
It is the trunk that can be seen on the photo…
It belonged to the Olympic champion LUCIEN MICHARD, cycling Olympic champion in 1924, 4 times World champion (1927, 1928, 1929 and 1930).
I had never found a trunk WITH a photo of the same period!
Le musée du bagage sur CBS News en janvier !
The museum on CBS news in January !
Nous avons la joie de vous annoncer la naissance de la societé Malles Trunks and Travel.
Notre organisation détiendra 20% de cette société.
Le principal actionnaire de la société est Danièle Masson-Vuitton, fille de Henri-Louis Vuitton.
Cette participation permettra de bénéficier de fonds d'investissement nécessaire au développement, d'une part,
et à des achats de malles, encore plus prestigieuses, d'autre part.
We have the joy to announce the birth of the trunks Trunks and Travel company.
Our Organization will hold 20% of the company.
The main shareholder of the company is Danièle Masson-Vuitton, daughter of Henri-Louis Vuitton.
This participation will allow to required development investment fund on the one hand and still most prestigious trunks purchases.
Seulement vendue dans la boutique new-yorkaise de l'enseigne de luxe à 8 250 dollars (5 800 euros),
elle a attiré les grands collectionneurs plutôt que les mordus de glisse.
A l'occasion des 20 ans de présence de Louis Vuitton en Chine, l'un des deux exemplaires est d'ailleurs actuellement
mis à l'honneur au musée National de Chine aux côté d'une malle intégrant un dock iPod.
Intitulée Louis Vuitton Voyages, cette exposition est visible depuis le mois de juin, et se terminera à la fin du mois d'août.
Le musée du bagage, invité à l'émission satyrique "le Père Kaloteur", animé par
Thierry Kalo et son équipe de chroniqueurs...
1h30 d'émission consacrée aux rires et aux bagages... 2 façons de voyager.
What could be more authentic than having the right trunk for your old vehicle?
Concave or convex shape ... at the back, on the roof or on the fenders, automobile trunks accompany travel and passions.
Picnic trunk for 4CV (visible at the Luggage Museum), suitcase trunk, outside trunk or for trunk.
English convertibles are also the ideal vehicles for a nice luggage on a chrome veronica.
If necessary, we look for you, we find you or we custom manufacture all these types of trunks ...
A voir sur le site reve de bagages, section "Commandes spéciales"
Cette réalisation de 4 malles dressing, pour le compte d'une famille.
Chaque malle mesure :
hauteur de 2m, largeur de 1m, profondeur de 1.30 m
L'inauguration du musée du bagage a eu lieu de 18 et 19 juin.
Nous avons ainsi reçu 900 visiteurs durant ce WE.
Un véritable raz de marée pour notre modeste organisation !
22 bénévoles, 6 guides, 5 langues représentées, 7 pays présents (France, Italie, Suisse, Allemagne, Hollande, USA, Espagne)
6 marques de malletiers représentées.
Les visiteurs, le Maire de haguenau Claude Sturni, Nathalie Roos (Région), ainsi que la marraine de l'inauguration Mme Danièle Masson-Vuitton ont tous signé la malle ci-dessous.
Proposée à 13h aux enchères, avec un prix de départ de 100euros, elle s'est vendue 5000 euros.
2500Euros sont versés au profit de Alsace contre le cancer, le reste est au profit du musée.
Un moment magique... Une malle superbe... Des souvenirs plein les malles.
Il n'y a rien à dire ... Lous Vuitton (ici, en Chine) a des scénographes capables de sacrées performances.
Ca y est... Nous sommes prêts.. dans les starting-blocks.
Après plusieurs mois de travaux, des soucis techniques, administratifs et financiers, tout est résolu, paré et prêt.
Le musée ouvre ses portes le 18 Juin, www.museedubagage.com.
Nous serons 25 personnes toutes bénévoles pour vous accueillir,
Anglais, Allemand, Japonais, Italien, Espagnol, nous aurons des traducteurs, pour toutes ces langues.
A 14h, lors de l'ouverture au public, sera mise en vente une malle UNIQUE.
Cette malle, re-entoilée en toile blanche, sera signée par tous les VIP invités et sera mise en vente au profit
pour moitié pour une association caritative et l'autre moitié pour le musée.
Et voila !
La malle en coin déménage dans les nouveaux locaux du Musée du Bagage.
En voici la devanture... venez visiter.
Par email, on me demande parfois nos "secrets"...
Eh bien le voila, revelé pour réussir, il faut :
une équipe multi - facette de bénévoles prêts à porter secours à vos bagages les plus endommagés.
Si, avec Marie, nous avons mis au point certaines procédures de restauration et retrouvé les gestes d'antan, rien ne vaut une équipe performante.
Avec, de gauche à droite et de haut en bas,
Locaux du musée
Première étape, déplacer et classer les malles non restaurées.
Au sein des locaux du musée des bagages se trouvera un atelier
d'ébénisterie complet (en cours de montage)
(Fabrication et restauration des fûts de malles)
Pour les amateurs :
- Dégauchisseuse - raboteuse
- Défonceuse sous table
- Scie à format
- Aspirateur de sciure
- Scie à chantourner
- Tour à bois
Et voici et voila ..
Après 10 ans de patience, nos nouveaux locaux sont acquis.
Nous déménagerons courant de l'année 2011, dans des locaux de 400m2 de plain pied.
60 m2 seront réservés à la partie gainage,
45 m2 à la partie ébénisterie et sera cloisonnée,
190 m2 à la zone exposition et musée qui seront cloisonnés et sécurisés.
A l'intérieur, 2 containers maritimes serviront de coffre-fort et d'expo aux pièces les plus rares.
Le reste des locaux servira de stockage et d'atelier de restauration.
Des dimensions de culturiste : 84 cm x 136 cm x 58 cm
Une malle géante avec un potentiel d'aménagement absolument unique..
Mais que mettre à l'intérieur ?
Je vous invite à nous proposer vos meilleures idées ..
Un livre vient de sortir aux Éditions de la Martinière .
Ce livre vient en complement de l'exposition qui se tiendra
du 13 Octobre 2010 au 27 Fevrier 2011 au musee
Carnavalet a Paris .
Prix du livre : 100 euros en librairie .
Vous y découvrirez 100 malles de legende ..
La Video :