The New Store on Champs Elysees
One brand name that is synonimous with luxury is Louis Vuitton. As soon as you see one of their purses on the arm of some lucky women, you recognize it. At the end of the 1800’s, tired of their luggage being copied, they came up with the concept of using the intertwined initials of the founder, L and V. The rest is history, as they say. The original designer, Louis Vuitton, started by making trunks. He hit upon the idea of making trunks that could be stacked, then he came up with locks to keep them safe. After Eugenie, the wife of Napoleon III, started using them, they became world famous and changed how people traveled. They started those neat trunks that open up and become a closet with a place to hang clothes and drawers in which to fold clothing.
The store on Champs Elysees has been closed a long time undergoing renovation. When I arrived to have a look, there was a long line of people waiting to get in. They only let a certain number in at a time to keep the crowds down. Many in line are either Japanese or Chinese and I understand they are only allowed to buy a limited amount of the bags.
The store itself is breath-taking with one central room upstairs soaring several stories with mirrors reflecting the lighting high above. The wonderful clothing is everywhere and I wished I could afford some of it. The colors of the clothing were wonderful muted autumn tones of browns, eggplant, golds and rusts. The bags, of course, are on display and, had I 1000 Euros to spare, I sure would like to have one. I liked their jewelry as well, especially the watches. There was also a tiny little pendant shaped like a Paris street sign saying “Champs Ellysees” on it with a diamond on each corner. As they say, this was the beginning of luxury that continues today.
This design in metal is all over the store as interior decoration being part of the symbols that now decorate many bags for Louis Vuitton.
Just down the street of George V is the George V Four Seasons Hotel. This luxury hotel is a place I like to enter each time I am in the neighborhood for a look at the flower displays. The florist, an American named Jeff Letham, gets One Million Euros a year just for the flowers used in the hotel. They are always spectacular and it is worth a stop to see them.
Here is a look at some of the flowers in the entry of the hotel.