Earlier this afternoon, in the slightly chilled sunshine, I took a stroll down to 17-20 New Bond Street after accepting an invite from the Louis Vuitton press dept to view their newly refurbished 'Maison'.
Oh. My. God. I'm not quite sure the words I now type will quite do any justice to the wonder and splendour that has been bestowed upon me. It's outta this world! Quite literally in fact (more on that below). Spread over three floors (with an additional penthouse for the top spenders, of course), this ultra-luxe, logo-sprayed store is beyond a dream.
Whilst sipping my Perrier (too hungover to accept the champagne, a first-time refusal in my 27 years), I came face to face with the legendary monogrammed trunks, the exotic-skinned totes, candy-coloured hair bobbles, a rotating bag bar (!), an LED staircase (the amount of times I mis-stepped for fear of falling splat on my face...), the Stephen Sprouse graffitied mannequins....there is simply SO much to say that I think from here on in, only my sneaky snaps will do this post any justice. Except it probably won't. But you get the idea until you can visit the stupendous showroom yourself come Monday 28th May.
Do I look too wooden?
Just one design from the house's extensive collection
An illuminated picture in signature toasted shades
Specially stamped planets with Saturn-like rings and Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's rotating sculpture
My dream dinner service
THE wall of goodness...
A gentleman's piano
Wallpapered lift lobby
Katie Grand-styled Speedy-topped mannequins
An ode to Stephen Sprouse
Just one of the many showrooms
To clog or not to clog?
A 2010 update on the iconic trunk
Leather-lined chairs to rest your weary feet - or rather your credit card...
Let's get down to business
The latest item to top my Wish List
Literary-lined book shop