I love wandering around the basement of Selfridges simply because they have the most amazing selection of fashion books in town. From coffee table books the size and weight of a concrete block to smaller shelf fillers such as those from The Sartorialist and The Goddess Guide by one of my favourite authors and stylists, Gisele Scanlon. You could spend hours there just reading and occasionally you might make a purchase! But the book of all books has just been released and promises to make the most amazing Christmas pressie for anyone close to you who is a slave for the fashion trade. Louis Vuitton and Les Éditions de La Martinière release the updated edition of the book Louis Vuitton, The Birth of Modern Luxury, this month, which was first released in October 2005. Available in a limited edition exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores, this elegant volume traces the history of the Maison, from its creation in 1854 to the present day. The exhaustive account offers unique insight into the developments and inventions of the brand which turned travel into an “art de vivre”. From the masterpieces by Louis, Georges, Gaston-Louis Vuitton and their successors, to the current designs inspired by artistic director Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton has never ceased to surprise and enchant, and to redefine luxury.
This book–with nearly 800 illustrations and original testimonials–traces the irresistible and compelling rise of the world’s leading luxury brand. It details the evolution of a company that has always been in step with–even ahead of– its time, a legendary history that spans more than 150 years. This edition shows that beyond all of its revolutions, the Maison has never stopped writing its own history.
If you want to improve your fashion history knowledge then this one is a must and is already on my stocking list!