A beautifully illustrated journey through the history of travel—and traveling in style—from one of the world’s preeminent fashion brands
The mid-19th and early 20th centuries heralded new means of transport and equipment and, with them, new and original ways of exploring the world. Transatlantic liners, automobiles, long-haul airplanes, zeppelins, and express trains unfurled new horizons and changed travel itself into an adventure. Distant lands were no longer solely accessible to aristocrats, explorers, and adventurers. Instead, the world opened up to new groups of people eager to circumvent the globe. And for many of these new globetrotters, traveling was synonymous with Louis Vuitton, the French label whose iconic and functional luggage trunks could be found on nearly every boat, plane, car, and train around the world.
In this beautiful book, author Francisca Mattéoli recounts 50 tales of thrilling travel undertaken in every possible mode of transit, from the hot air balloon to the space shuttle, each lavishly illustrated with more than 300 historical photographs and ephemera from Louis Vuitton’s official archives. Louis Vuitton: Extraordinary Voyages is a journey all its own—an evocative and transporting account of the most surprising and transformative trips taken since the 19th century.
About the Author
Francisca Mattéoli is an internationally published and award-winning travel writer who has contributed to Condé Nast Traveler and National Geographic, among other publications. Her books have been published in more than ten countries and translated in several languages worldwide. Her many books on the world of travel include World Tour: Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton (Abrams, 2013) and Map Stories: The Art of Discovery (Ilex Press, 2016). Chilean, with a Scottish mother, she lives in Paris.