This month, Louis Vuitton returned to where it all began in Paris, to open up a store like no other called .
Located at 2 Place Vendôme, the grand 18th-century building was where the brand's story began over 160 years ago. It was here — below two hôtel particuliers and behind a facade designed by Jules-Hardouin Mansart, the architect of the Palace of Versailles — that a young Louis Vuitton opened his first store. Today, .
Over the last 300 years, 2 Place Vendôme has been home to courtiers and royals, including the future emperor Napoléon III. Originally built as Hôtel Baudet de Morlet and Hôtel Heuzé de Vologer, the property opened in 1714. But since its interiors have been altered significantly. Including, according to the Louis Vuitton team, a particularly destructive "renovation" in the 1980s.
Behind the original façade, Marino mixed tradition with innovation, employing
techniques and materials that reference French history and craftsmanship, while
carefully integrating ultra-modern pieces.
Amongst Louis Vuitton accessories and clothing are 33 contemporary art works by names like Laurent Grasso, Yan Pei Ming, Stephen Sprouse, Serge Alain Nitegeka, and Paul Nabulumo Namarinjmak.
Whether you're in the market for a new speedy or not, next time you find yourself in Paris add the store to your sightseeing list.