The Papillon Trunk (Photo: Louis Vuitton)

Nicolas Ghesquière’s biggest, most defining hit at Louis Vuitton happened when he turned the House’s iconic travel trunk into a mini clutch for his debut collection—a powerful opening statement that demonstrated his vision of modernising the brand by drawing from its 167-year history to create contemporary, covetable fashion. Since then, he has taken the Louis Vuitton travel heritage as a lead for journeying into eras past and imagining future ones. For pre-fall 2021, he didn’t stretch far back into time. The new key bag for the season is a riff on the Papillon duffle, last spotted on the arm of every noughties It girl worth her baby tee. This time round, Ghesquière has given the Papillon the mini trunk treatment, reimagining it as a sleeker, structured cross-body number accented with the chic metal hardware of the brand’s travel cases.

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