If life’s not about the destination, but about the journey, you better have some chic, durable luggage that never goes out of style. Louis Vuitton made a name for itself by creating just that, and they’ve built the rest of their empire around a narrative of luxe globetrotting.
Want to know more about the fashion powerhouse’s trajectory? Head to the Louis Vuitton pop-up museum and its exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, on view now at 86 Trinity Place (the American Stock Exchange Building). Curator and premier fashion historian Olivier Saillard—he’s organized shows at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum and the Musée de la Mode in Paris and Marseille—has designed an experience that leads viewers through the brand’s history from 1854 through the present in ten different chapters. Artistic director and set designer Robert Carsen, who’s directed Puccini operas and Verdi’s Shakespearean trilogy, creates a sense of drama: visitors begin at an iconic LV trunk and end at a display devoted to the company’s artisans.