Le monde de Louis Vuitton

My friend Laureen and I spent our Saturday at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, an art and cultural museum near the Bois de Boulogne. The building was designed by Frank Gehry, who also built Seattle’s EMP Museum. The architecture was inspired by a sailboat’s sails in the wind (the colored checkered glass) surrounding an iceberg.

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Visitors can enjoy a nice patio drink or meal at Le Frank on the ground floor of the museum. The desserts were very tasty.

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From the top of the foundation, you get a beautiful view of La Defense’s skyline and the other nearby children’s park, the Jardin d’Acclimatation.

In the case your visit inspires you to purchase an expensive handbag, there are even free shuttles from the museum to Louis Vuitton’s flagship store on the Champs-Élysées. If you buy a bag, they’ll engrave your initials for free. We joked that every purse belonged to Laureen, for her initials “LV” are already part of the original design 😉

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Unfortunately, there aren’t any expos of Louis Vuitton at the foundation (aside from some neat fashion books at the gift shop). I was lucky to view “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” at the Grand Palais when I first moved to Paris, where you could learn about the history of the famous LV suitcase and view a vintage collection. Here’s one of the displays:

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