Was Georges Vuitton inspired by the quatrefoils on the façade of the Palazzo Ducale when he designed the Monogram pattern? The question is still asked in the house. One thing is sure: Venice – the city of aesthetes and artists – has always inspired Louis Vuitton, which has maintained close links to the city and its arts since its foundation. Indeed, some of the house’s most faithful clients were also lovers of the Serenissima, such as Peggy Guggenheim, whose art collection is still on show in the city. Also Carlos de Beistegui, who hosted his legendary “Ballo de Secolo” – the ‘party of the century’ – under tiepolo’s frescos in the Palazzo Labia in 1951 and whose Mail trunk – after a remarkable world tour, as demonstrated by the great number of hotel labels on it – is exhibited in the Maison.
The Veneto, the fascinating region around Venice, has been a cradle of unequalled savoir-faire in the art of leather and shoes since the 13th century, with the banks of the nearby River Brenta providing a home to the best artisan shoemakers. And it was these very same artisans who created Louis Vuitton’s first shoe collections. In 2001, Louis Vuitton, which has a deep respect for savoir-faire wherever it is found, opened the Manufacture de Souliers in Fiesso d’Artico, where it creates its shoe collections today. At the same time, the house strengthened its relationship with the city by contributing to the restoration of the Venice Pavilion in the Biennale Gardens, which host the Biennale of Art and Architecture. The Louis Vuitton classic Serenissima Run wove through Veneto, arriving on Venice’s San Giorgio’s Island and a Louis Vuitton City Guide to Venice was published. The opening of the Maison Louis Vuitton Venezia, located in what was once the Cinema Teatro San Marco, marks a new stage in this privileged relationship, one which encompasses architecture, savoir-faire and culture.
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