Louis Vuitton Alzer, hand painted
7 December 2012
This is a shot from a feature coming up in The Rake next year – on the VIP painting service at Louis Vuitton.
I love my Alzer case. Hard-sided cases are one of the few things made by hand by Vuitton, at the old Asnieres facility in France. The skill is in making the wooden frame and the tacking along the leather edges, rather than hand sewing as you would have at Hermes or Dunhill (London range). But the handle is beautifully hand sewn and inked – and made in the signature Vuitton leather that is untreated so it ages very quickly.
The hand painting on the Alzer mimics a design used for Sacha Guitry on a set of luggage he had made in 1927, which was deliberately different in its diagonal stripe.
Everything else: brown Asquith shoes from Edward Green, wine-red socks by Bresciani, grey fresco trousers by Kathryn Sargent and tan corduroy DB jacket by Anderson & Sheppard.
The first half of this video shows the making of the hard-sided cases:
Photography: Luke Carby