Travel luggage and trunks
Trunks and travel luggages derive from chests. They were used from the 18th century onward to carry goods during travel. In the beginning for toiletries it evolved quickly into a clothing luggage. Before the French Revolution, officers were allowed to own a trunk. With the industrialization of Europe and more frequent travels, trunks were given a powerful boost. In the mid 1800s, thanks to the railway development, Parisian Bourgeois can travel to the countryside at unprecedented speed. This boost continues with the automobile development and the evolution of working conditions. French manufacturers like Hermès, Goyard or Moynat supply the whole country. Inspired by Japanese heraldry and the Art Nouveau movement Louis Vuitton created the iconic Vuitton trunks. Trunks are usually made out of wood covered with embossed leather and trimmed with iron. They can also be made out of zinc, leather only or synthetic materials.