Louis Vuitton once again enlists designer Marc Newson for their second range of the Horizon rolling luggage. After the successful hard cased first collection, Newson went the opposite this time and came up with the soft version.
And while Newson claimed that he took a technological approach for the material used, the method was something quite mundane: knitting. A breakthrough outer-shell is made of thermo-formed 3D knit with a double-sided jacquard featuring Newson’s interpretation of Louis Vuitton’s signature Monogram.
The knit is fully-fashioned in a custom made technical yarn that includes elastic and thermo-fusible threads, using seamless knitting technology, a process tailored specifically to the needs of Louis Vuitton.
The one-piece knit is then heat formed to give the object its shape. Before this thermoforming process, it’s given a water repellent treatment. Cuts for pockets and zips are made with ultra-sound cutting techniques and as 95% of the stitching used on a comparable conventional product has been eliminated, it is replaced with tape fused through heat setting, an elegant high-tech solution in keeping with the process used to build the fundamental shape.
Also to make note, how this new range is lightweight, yet strong and resistant, weighing a mere 2.9 kilos for the cabin size. Just like his first range launched in 2016, the anodised aluminium extendable cane has been relocated outside from within the luggage, adding both structure and strength, as well as substantially increasing the all-important interior packing space, removing entirely the awkward bumps and ridges normally associated with internal cane mechanisms and leaving useful space in its place.
The designer has also custom designed every single component, there is not one “off-the-shelf” component used. This includes an ergonomic aluminium 3-digit combination zip-pull lock system that is TSA approved and can be operated with just the one hand. The lock comes in silver, champagne or dark grey finish. Two miniature wheels have been engineered to be as silent as possible.
“Travel is so intrinsically linked to luxury, from the historical context to a functional context. The two just go hand in hand really. Experience has been such an important part of this process. These objects really live or die on the road”, explained the designer in closing.
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