This Elegant Trunk Holds a Complete Mahjong Set

Louis Vuitton’s six-drawer vanity contains 144 carved and hand-painted tiles.

At age 14, Louis Vuitton set off on foot from his hometown of Anchay in eastern France. Two years later, he found himself in Paris, where he began apprenticing as a trunk maker and packer. And 17 years after that, in 1854, the young malletier opened his own luggage and packing shop near the Place Vendôme. Vuitton’s flat-topped canvas steamer trunks, designed to be stacked one on top of the other, marked a revolutionary departure from the dome-lidded and inclined cases of the day, and the house soon became known for its standing wardrobes and leather travel goods. Along with

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