Underneath the super gloss of that Supreme collaboration and other menswear totems cultivated over the years, Louis Vuitton is an expert bagmaker. The French house was founded on travel trunks, those blown-up, wheel-less treasure chests that people stuffed their hopes into and then hauled onto carriages, trains, or ships bound for adventure.
Before long, the trunkmaster transformed into a dreammaker, the source of luxury objects, from shoes to watches, clothes to perfume, that men and women both want. Now, it offers its most perfect interpretation of the luxury bag to Manila: a made-to-order service that lets you to play with exotic skins.
For men, the briefcase, the grown-up backpack, and the wallet are the styles available in the program, and among these, the Neo Robusto briefcase in croc is the most premium execution. Observe how it illicits admiration and demands reverence. This is the bag to bring into that meeting to let everyone know that, yes, you are taking over.
The leather is even more exotic
Among the exotic skins in the program—crocodile, alligator, python, lizard, ostrich, stingray—croc is the boss. The Robusto is not only made of the superlative leather but, more specifically, its porosus iteration, which is rarer. Sourced from a tannery in Singapore, only a very low percentage of porosus skins pass the muster of the Louis Vuitton's perfect standards.
The skins are in harmony
You wouldn't know that a composite of skins (around six) were used to create the briefcase because the different parts were perfectly matched with each other. Note, too, the contrast between neighboring scales. See how the decrease in size is gradual or gentle (in comparison, alligator is more abrupt). That's how you know this is good.
The finish becomes better
Exotic skins for men are done in matte. To achieve the effect, the skin is first nourished with oil and then pressed with a hot cylinder. But over time and with use, the briefcase will acquire the shine of a one-of-kind patina. That's how you know it has truly become your own.
The colors are versatile
The classic colors of tabac, asphalt, navy, noir, and blue marine are reserved for men, and that's really all you need. Seen here, the honesty of black brings out the richness of exotic croc. In its stillness, it conveys taste and authority. Also good to know: The tints are mixed by just one Italian color specialist, ensuring that the final shades are found only in House Vuitton.
The possibilities are endless
Though there are a handful of styles available for the service, you can request for other bags—maybe that crossbody that you've been eyeing?—to be rendered in exotic skin.
In theory, it may even be possible to have something done in the 24 colors and brilliant finish assigned for women (they have all the fun). Of course, this is subject to approval, but really anything is a yes. Just ask.