Perfectly capturing the spirit of cities with words and imagination. Inspired writing, a pleasure to read and a feeling of discovery for a unique urban immersion.
For ten years now, Louis Vuitton has been sharing its passion for travel and city life. Providing an attentive, informed commentary on the changes shaking the heart of cities and voicing off-beat views on fashion, design, the arts and gastronomy, each guide highlights the latest trends and offers unique advice.
Discover the collection after the jump!
Louis Vuitton has developed its collection of guides and for the first time – presents five individual volumes devoted to five cities of the world: Mumbai, Miami, New York, Paris, and Tokyo. A vibrant celebration of city life, the Louis Vuitton City Guide tirelessly seeks out new cities to explore, and regularly renews its acquaintance with others, scrupulously updating its information and addresses with every edition. In 2009, the City Guide visits 32 European cities, including six new destinations: Bucharest, Glasgow, Lausanne, Manchester, Palermo and Saint-Tropez.
One of the delights of the Louis Vuitton City Guide has always been the very personal tone with which it evokes its chosen destinations. The 10th edition goes further and invites 30 famous figures to offer their perspective on a city they know and love. The actress Monica Belluci discloses her addresses in Rome. The sommelier Georges dos Santos reveals a few secrets of Lyonnais gastronomy. The opera singer Angela Gheorghiu recounts her trips back and forth to Bucharest. The decorator Simon Doonan tells of his fascination for New York department store window displays… Each one has agreed to reveal a few of their top addresses in this new section.
Two hours between business meetings? A leisurely long weekend? The new, more user-friendly Louis Vuitton City Guide provides for the first time schematic city maps to help travellers find their bearings and identify the address of their choice more easily.
The redesigned City Guide boxes reference the heritage of Louis Vuitton, drawing inspiration from a vintage luggage label of the kind hotel bellboys would affix to travellers’ trunks. While deep brown makes an appearance, adding its distinct character to the collection, the guide still features the bright colours that have become its trademark over the past ten years. Pistachio Green for the European cities, Royal Blue for Paris, Rosewood for Tokyo, Magenta for Mumbai, Buttercup for New York and Almond Green for Miami.
European Cities, capitals and key destinations.
Contemporary luxury hotels, secret hotels, gourmet restaurants, chef’s bistros, artists’ haunts, wine bars, organic markets, delicatessens, art galleries, design showrooms, museums, spas, fashion stores… For ten years, the Louis Vuitton City Guide has been selecting the places that best express a city’s spirit. The 2009 edition explores 32 European cities in 9 booklets through some 7,000 addresses. An indispensible companion for the urban traveller, the Louis Vuitton City Guide now features clear and practical maps and – for its tenth birthday – is offering an intimate encounter with various figures who give a unique perspective on their city. Guide available at Louis Vuitton for $145.
Paris, the city of light at the crossroads of culture.
The Paris City Guide reveals all of the elegance of the French capital through the prism of 500 addresses chosen with distinctive taste and flair. Fashion designers and design trendspotters, unusual antiques, secret museums and art galleries, gourmet restaurants and local eateries… Available for the first time in its own slipcase, the 2009 edition of the Paris City Guide observes the city with a unique, original and deliberately unconventional eye. Guide available at Louis Vuitton for $38.
Miami or exuberance as a way of life.
For the first time, the Louis Vuitton City Guide is shining its light into every corner of this flamboyant, sunny city through some 450 exclusive addresses. Luxury bars and hotels on the beach, Cuban cafes and top seafood restaurants, nightclubs and night-time parties around the pool, extravagant fashion stores, pioneering museums and avant-garde galleries, Art Deco monuments…The Miami City Guide also suggests a number of tropical escapades that offer a relaxing alternative to the frenzy of this capital of hedonism. Clear, practical maps allow you to find your way around the city and the surrounding area easily. Guide available at Louis Vuitton for $38.
New York, the vibrant, intellectual, legendary city.
The Louis Vuitton City Guide explores every must-see venue in this effervescent capital through some 500 exclusive addresses. Grand hotels and luxury bars, world-class restaurants, intimate diners, offbeat clubs, fashion designers, furniture makers and innovative art galleries…The selection has been thoroughly updated for the fifth edition of this indispensable guide, which reveals the creative heart of New York. Clear, practical maps allow you to find your bearings easily throughout the city. Guide available at Louis Vuitton for $38.
Tokyo, disorienting, innovative, traditional, surprising.
For the first time in its history, the Louis Vuitton City Guide is stopping off in Tokyo and exploring the many facets of the buzzing Japanese capital through 600 duly and uncompromisingly chosen addresses. Ryokan, luxury and love hotels, chic cafes, tearooms, gourmet delights, top restaurants and secret gardens, not forgetting the cream of fashion and design, electronic Tokyo and the best of Otaku underground culture. This reference guide offers orientation maps and a collector’s manga specially created by the celebrated artist Leiji Matsumoto for the Louis Vuitton City Guide to Tokyo. Guide available at Louis Vuitton for $38.
Mumbai, a fascinating, bewitching megalopolis.
In its debut edition, the Louis Vuitton City Guide to Mumbai explores every facet of this dynamic metropolis through 450 exclusive addresses: luxury hotels and guesthouses, spice-scented restaurants, artisanal fashion and design with a contemporary edge, stunning jewelry, exceptional museums and temples, and fabulous Bollywood stars. This astonishing guide also offers the opportunity to discover three legendary Rajasthan cities – Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur – which offer a haven of rest after the hectic pace of Mumbai. Guide available at Louis Vuitton for $38.
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