Sailing into the sunset on an ocean liner requires luggage not only tough enough to handle the journey, but refined enough to do your shipboard entry justice. Lets face it, there’s not much point investing in expensive designer label leisurewear if you arrive dockside carting a "Dora the Explorer" wheelie.
Which brings us to Lot 267 in Material Culture’s November Estates sale. A cabin trunk by French manufacturer Louis Vuitton, it has the timeless charm that calls to mind 1930s voyages to the continent – dinner at the Captain’s table, strolls on the sunbathed deck and an ocean-bound romance or two.
In the world of luggage there is no brand more esteemed than Louis Vuitton. Founded in 1854 by its namesake, the company has grown into one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands, with an estimated value of around US$30 billion. Other lots in the sale by Vuitton include Lot 266, a suitcase, and Lot 265, a monogrammed hatbox. All three would be worthy additions to any stylish travellers kit.
As would Lot 22, a stunning 1930s ladies Cartier watch. Consisting of a solid 10K gold braided bracelet in a cinched rope design with white gold collars embedded in baguette diamonds, this unique yet classically elegant piece will look just as good on the shuffleboard court as it will late night at the baccarat tables.
Lot 115, Pink Pig with Lady Bugs by Erich Staub
Material Cultures November Estates sale, set down for Sunday, November 29, brings together a fascinating array of pieces from many different categories including antiques, art, collectibles, modern design, Asian, decorative and ethnographic arts.