Last year the French house celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its founder, a prominent entrepreneur and visionary, Louis Vuitton. At the age of 14, he left his ancestral home in Anché in eastern France to travel on foot to Paris. The young man not only made his way to the capital, but also managed to settle in the atelier of a luggage maker, and a little later obtained a patent for his first trunk, made in the workshops in Agnières. Here, on the outskirts of Paris, there is still a trunk and luggage manufactory bearing his name.

The Louis Vuitton story is a living legacy for all the brand’s departments, as well as the creative director of jewelry, Francesca Amphitheatrof. She was able to tell Louis Vuitton’s biography in the language of jewelry and called it Bravery (“Courage”, “Fearless”), a quality that has defined the maestro’s destiny. La Constellation D’Hercule set with opals, tanzanites and tzavorites is about the founder’s native land in eastern France, while The Arrow jewelry is a metaphor of his journey to Paris, interpreted as the letter V, resembling an arrowhead.

Francesca dedicated the second part of the collection, Bravery II, to a travel trunk. The multi-coloured Le Multi Pin necklace plays with the signature lock on the diamond clasp. The setting of the 20 ct yellow sun sapphire in Le Magnetisme necklace echoes the protective overlays on the corners of the suitcases. In the off-white Le Mini Malle necklace, each of the three Monogram diamonds in the brand’s signature star cut is encased in a square trunk-shaped frame.

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