Wes Anderson has known Louis Vuitton Artistic Director Marc Jacobs for a number of years, and the two share a similar aesthetic sensibility. While researching the movie The Darjeeling Limited, Wes Anderson asked to visit Louis Vuitton’s historic Asnières workshop and museum of travel, where he was inspired by a tennis trunk covered with the company’s emblematic natural calfskin.
Wes Anderson and Marc Jacobs together chose the leather for the requirements of the movie, and eight one-off items were made by the Asnières workshop, including three Alzer suitcases, a Keepall and a Cabin Trunk.
Louis Vuitton also created several other designs for the film, including the suits in grey, beige and tobacco flannel which the three brothers wear throughout, a pair of blue suede shoes with stars and planets, drawn by Eric Anderson, as well as a belt in leather embossed with a cowboy and Indian, also drawn by Anderson.
Several luggage pieces made by Louis Vuitton for The Darjeeling Limited were auctioned at the New York flagship, with proceeds going to the Rawal Mallinathji Foundation.
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