I will be the first to admit that these guides are a bit pretentious, but that’s the very reason Louis Vuitton is guaranteed to sell out of these 3,000 limited edition 2014 collections, complete with fifteen city guides. However, the guides themselves are always very cleverly written by a number of fantastic journalists and authors from different countries and backgrounds contributing to this very unique collection, making them very enjoyable reads. This year, with new cities, new features and an entirely new format, this very loyal following of travelers and armchair travelers alike are excited to finally see the new guides when they are released in November. Why not, this is after all, the very electrifying 15th Anniversary edition, so it has to be spectacular and possess that unmistakable Louis Vuitton combination of sass and style.
Thrilling their readers since 1998, Louis Vuitton has been sharing a truly unique look at the world’s most talked about cities. A very loyal following has been created in this time, and each year, this gathering of sophisticated travelers look to Louis Vuitton and their contributors for an entirely new perspective of these cities we all know so well. With a reputation of truly capturing the heart and spirit of each city explored, the pages are said to bring nothing but the best of each city with writing that holds both flair and conviction.
For this special 15th Anniversary edition, the collection embarks on a new journey, taking in fifteen of the world’s most exciting cities: Cape Town, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Moscow, New York, Paris, Beijing, São Paulo, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo and Venice. Now presented as individual volumes, these guides boast beautiful illustrations and exclusive photographs. With new and enthralling destinations, the team behind the Louis Vuitton City Guides takes the reader on a journey, complete with the new adventures, and the best of the old.
“As urban aficionados, attentive to the changes shaking cities to their very core, with an offbeat and refreshing take on fashion, design, contemporary art, food and culture, the Louis Vuitton City Guides unlock the secrets of each city,” says Bengt Enrique, contributor to ilvoelv. “Never shying away from subjectivity, these fiercely independent contributors may purposely avoid the usual expected places and reveal others off the beaten track, always articulating their own personal vision, taking in everything from the most exquisite hotels to the very best chocolate shops, from neighborhood eateries to elegant luxury boutiques, from electro dance clubs to little-known museums.”
So, yes, while these may be slightly pretentious, for the traveler who is always on the lookout for a different perspective on cities, this collection is beautifully written and published. And with the Holidays being only weeks away, perhaps it’s a great gift for the avid traveler in your life. The city guides are sold individually for $40US, but why not go all the way and splurge on the beautifully lacquered wood box available in five different colors and inclusive of all fifteen guides for $600US.