Since 1998, Louis Vui on has been sharing its unique take on the world through its City Guides, offering a careful selection of addresses chosen with originality and just a touch of bias. November 2015 sees four completely new cities added to the collection: Bangkok, Chicago, Prague and Rome.
Fully updated, the Paris volume is packed with new addresses, as are London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Beijing, São Paulo, Sydney, Tokyo and Venice. This is year, for the first time, a mobile App will be available (as of November 2015) to complement the collection of City Guides. Easy to use, in one click you’ll be as well- informed as any local!
Special guest contributors, secret addresses, city walks, cultural events: it’s the full City Guide perspective. Fluent, intuitive… Your route to the best possible travel experience. 25 cities available for iPhone and iPad, selected contents free to download, US$9.99 per city from the App Store.
The City Guide Experience: Now on iPhone and iPad
Louis Vuitton on City Guides continues it’s commitment to providing readers with a comprehensive guide to their favorite cities. The App will also offer instant updates. Hotels, restaurants, bars, cafés, tea rooms, stores, spas, antique shops, designers, museums, galleries… Headings are the same as in the original books, so the traveller can find the essence of the City Guides in this touchscreen version, with a special place for personal experience, snapshots of city life, detailed descriptions of places to go and a genuinely personalised approach to each city using interactive links and localisation.
A Single Free Application
Free access to the app kiosk – As a taster before you travel, Louis Vui on offers a free selection of addresses and content for every guide. The Kiosk also provides access to the complete chargeable catalogue covering 25 cities around the world, available in French and English. The App is fully accessible offline.
Explore 25 World Cities with an Intuitive an Personal Approach
THE ADDRESS BOOK – Each guide is on sale for US$9.99 from the App Store and lists almost 500 regularly updated addresses. With a single tap you can call or access the company’s website,
and direct map access makes it easy to find each destination. Users can share practical info by email, text or social networking, to recommend an address to a friend.
MAP AND SEARCH ENGINE – It’s a snap to find any address on these easy-to-read maps, available offline. In location-aware mode, you can see all nearby businesses and points of interest, zoom in and refine your results by topic. With the search engine, you can switch to list mode.
FAVORITES – Create and view your address book of favourites at any time.
SEND A POSTCARD – Send your loved ones a photo from your camera or from the guide’s gallery of pictures. Personalize your postcard and share your travel memories by using the filter in the color of each city.
A New Accessory for the Elegant Traveller
To complement the new Louis Vuitton City Guide App,Louis Vuitton has produced a small leather case with the Monogram pattern, designed to protect your iPad and iPhone. Available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the new cases come in four extra colors inspired by the city collection: blue for Paris, yellow for Rome, red for Beijing and pink for Tokyo. An essential fashion accessory, not only elegant but also the perfect way to personalize your iPhone when you are travelling.
A New Lacquered Wood Limited Edition Box Set
For nomads moving from city to city or for the armchair traveller, the Louis Vui on City Guide has produced a special limited edition box set.
The 15 world cities featured this year are collected in a beautiful lacquered wood case in a choice of three bright colours: Bangkok blue, Rome yellow and Prague pink. The clean lines of this box set will delight any traveller with a discerning eye.
Available exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores.
Independent Contributors all Keen Observers
This new collection of guides for the world’s most exciting cities would not have been possible were it not for our excellent team of 50 contributors, supported by unrivalled editors, translators, copy editors, editorial assistants, production experts and many other professionals. Expert wordsmiths and seasoned communicators are behind every guide in the collection.
To capture the heart and spirit of each city, Louis Vuitton reaches out to journalists, writers, major figures in the world of arts and letters, many of whom divide their time between two cities and whose work often appears in the most prestigious newspapers and magazines. Several authors often collaborate on one city, as is the case for Bangkok, Chicago, Paris, Prague, Singapore, Istanbul, Milan and Shanghai. Their contributions, joined with those of artists, businesspeople, creative geniuses of various stripes, all backed by the authority and experience of Louis Vuitton, make each City Guide a publication like no other – original, offbeat and invaluable. Bursting with curiosity, cosmopolitan, irreverent, playful and literary, each guide reflects the personalities of its contributors.
All of them are astute observers of life and wear their vast cultural knowledge with ease and elegance. They have the rare gift of being able to appreciate both the frivolous and the essential, seeking out what is truly magnificent in the many little pleasures each city has to offer.
A Personal View of the City from a Special Guest
Each Louis Vuitton City Guide includes the participation of a special guest contributor, who all speak from personal experience of their home cities. Local celebrities or insiders, they take the reader on a personal exploration of their city, along the way sharing tips on their favorite spots: a first person singular initiation to the city. At various points throughout the guides and at the end of each chapter, these guest contributors open their personal address books and divulge several secret preferred haunts.
For example, Prince M.L. Poomchai Chumbala suggests some of the elegant highlights to discover in Bangkok, while the film director Ivan Zachariáš takes the reader for a stroll around his favorite parts of central Prague. Catherine Colonna, French ambassador to Rome, paints a highly personal picture of the Eternal City and Naomi Beckwith, a curator at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, creates a fascinating portrait of her city. Plus there is the very talented interior designer Faye Toogood in London, the great director Takeshi Kitano in Tokyo, the actor Guillaume Gallienne and his wife Amandine in Paris. Some singular new voices offering an entertaining and unexpected look at the cities they love.
Noted Photographers Capture Views of Each City Exclusively for Louis Vuitton
The Louis Vuitton on City Guides have always placed special emphasis on the finely crafed contributions of their authors, supporting them in their quest to find just the right words and an appropriately elegant style to reveal the soul of each city. Without departing in any way from this philosophy, the City Guides now include photographic contributions to o er their readers an additional perspective, not merely to illustrate the text.
The photography collective Tendance Floue has produced a new series of images for the City Guides and some exclusive photographs for the Louis Vui on City Guide App which are proposed
in the Scenic Route chapter. The collective’s photographers sensitively capture the charms and distinctive allure of destination in original ways.
Founded in 1991, Tendance Floue, a collective of thirteen photographers sees itself as a laboratory, exploring the world and working together to open up new horizons and diversify approaches in contemporary photography. Apart from the personal aspect of their work, Tendance Floue’s members have all taken on the shared goal of contributing to a wider photographic mission. By joining, combining, comparing and contrasting their images, they move their work beyond the limits of individual creation to something entirely new. Tendance Floue looks behind every door, experiments with all techniques and processes used in contemporary photography, without taboos.
Images via Louis Vuitton