The Spirit of Travel
Louis Vuitton made his name by producing travel trunks with flat tops so they could be stacked, unlike the dome-shaped trunk lids of the time.
Like the original trunks, Horizon is the first four-wheeled case with a completely flat back shell. Storage space inside has been optimised with an external extendable handle that frees some space.
Luggage where every detail exudes quality, sleek styling and lightness: the discreet TSA lock; the smallest, quietest wheels possible.
It also features a 180 degree opening and natural cowhide corners to increase structure and durability.
Now, widely acknowledged as the most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson has worked in numerous industries ranging from aerospace (QANTAS cabins) and technology (Apple Watch) to furniture and fashion (Nike). This is Newson’s third collaboration with Louis Vuitton; previously designing a limited-edition backpack and a Monogram luggage series.
“I think it’s safe to say that we’re striving to break new ground in terms of developing a product which is one of the lightest on the market, and from a technical perspective is one of the most rigorously designed and engineered,” Newson explains the whole process behind the project of designing and engineering a new range of carry-on luggage for a contemporary traveller:
“I’m obsessive about packing everything into a bag of a certain size which is why it was so important for me to design a product that could tick all of those boxes and be the kind of the perfect piece of luggage for a person like me, that travels and won’t travel with anything more than is absolutely necessary.”
Horizon exists in a Check-in (70) and Cabin (55) sizes, as well as a Mini Cabin (50) version. It is available in Monogram Canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier Graphite, Taiga Leather, Natural Cowhide Leather and a rainbow of 7 colours of Epi Leather.
Horizon 50 Mini Cabin
– 19.7 x 13.8 x 7.9 inches
– Cabin size
– Volume: 28 L
– Weight: 2.9 kg
– Mesh lining
– Flat-bottomed interior
– Top leather handle
– Leather corners
– Pull zipper closure padlock system
– 4 compact wheels
– New nametag
Horizon 55 Cabin
– 21.6 x 15.3 x 8.3 inches
– Cabin size
– Volume: 37 L
– Weight: 3.3 kg
– Mesh lining
– Top and side leather handle
Horizon 70 Check-in
– 27 x 18 x 10 inches
– Leather corners and top handles
– 2 zipped dividers
– Left divider with zipped pocket
Prices start at $3,100 for the Horizon 50 Damier Ebene Canvas to $5,900 for the Horizon 55 Natural Cowhide Leather.
Video: Marc Newson on the Horizon Luggage for Louis Vuitton
Newson has designed Scope bags for Samsonite before but this venture with Louis Vuitton is in a different league.
Winning on Form and Function, this new Louis Vuitton Horizon rolling stock has all its boxes ticked.
I predict the queues outside Louis Vuitton Boutiques getting even longer. When I was in Korea, Japan and Singapore, it seemed almost impossible to get into a boutique because they restricted entry for fire, health and safety occupancy reasons!
Now, there is another product worth waiting-in-line for….
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).