The revered French fashion house creates a custom traveling trunk to transport The Milkmaid.
Since its inception in 1854, French fashion house Louis Vuitton
has established itself as a luxury heavyweight thanks to its elaborate trunks and hard luggage. Each year, around 300 to 350 bespoke commissions are produced by artisans that oversee the hand-crafted masterpieces from start to finish. Carpenters fashion trunks of all sizes from three types of wood (poplar, African okoume, and beechwood) and then cover them with the eye-catching fabric.
Though the Parisian maison has produced its fair share of iconic pieces, a recent commission
for The Rijksmuseum (a world-class arts and history museum in Amsterdam) takes the craftsmanship to a new level. Louis Vuitton was commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind trunk to transport The Milkmaid
, an oil-on-canvas painting of a domestic kitchen maid created by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (who also painted Girl with a Pearl Earring
and Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
). The Milkmaid
is considered one of the most important pieces at The Rijksmuseum, so naturally the trunk chosen to transport it had to be second to none. That’s where Louis Vuitton came in.