On the 4th of October 2017, Louis Vuitton opened the Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme, at 2 Place Vendôme, newly designed and re-instated by architect Peter Marino.

    The Maison is situated in two hôtel particuliers – classic Parisian townhouses – which, over the years have been home to courtiers, nobles, aristocracy, the occasional princess and the future emperor Napoléon III. Once known as Hôtel Baudet de Morlet and Hôtel Heuzé de Vologer, these hôtels were completed in 1714, but greatly altered over the years, including a particularly destructive “renovation” in the 1980s.

    Architect Peter Marino has now returned these two buildings to their former glory: floors have been returned to their 18th-century grandeur, ceilings to their original heights (nearly five metres on the first floor), and the façade, designed by the architect of the Palace of Versailles, Jules-Hardouin Mansart, has been sensitively restored.

    Throughout the Maison, Peter Marino has deftly blended the old and new, employing techniques and materials that reference French history and craftsmanship, while carefully integrating ultra-modern designs. Behind the original façade, the Maison has been designed to be opened and filled with light. The extensive use of glass, light-coloured stone, artisanal wall coverings, and beautiful parquet and stone flooring allows each floor to subtly assert its unique character, while remaining part of a coherent whole.

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    Place Vendôme Maison Peter Marino

    The Maison Louis Vuitton Vendôme, set in this most storied of Parisian squares, marks the House’s return to where its story began over 160 years ago, when Louis Vuitton opened his first store.

    Travel goods, fashion and jewellery have been part of Place Vendôme and its neighbourhood for over 300 years, and it was in these streets that Louis Vuitton learned his craft and where he founded his first store in 1854. 

    This venue is very symbolic for Louis Vuitton as the Place Vendôme – just like the Château of Versailles – is one of the most beautiful examples of French artistry of the 17th-century. Under the impulse of Louis XIV and Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the Château of Versailles became the cradle of French luxury and a showcase for French craftsmanship and savoir-faire around the world. Both designed and built by architect Jules Hardouin-Mansart, Place Vendôme and Versailles share a heritage that today remains important to Louis Vuitton.

    These two beautiful examples of French artistry embody the type of elegance and dedication to craft that is today the realm of Louis Vuitton. As the worthy heir to this tradition, it was only natural for Louis Vuitton to establish workshops and showcases its creations at the heart of Place Vendôme, thus ensuring that the legacy continues for future generations.

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    Place Vendôme Maison

    A closer look at selected details and season signatures from Nicolas Ghesquière's Spring-Summer 2018 collection, as seen from the front row.

    During a visit to the Met Museum in New York, Nicolas Ghesquière was inspired by the notion of a perennial style while looking at eighteenth-century French aristocratic garments.

    Thus the refinement of ceremonial dress—the abundant brocade, fine embroidery, and exceeding delicacy of period clothing—blends with the dynamic yet casual modernity of clothes today. An elaborate tail coat can drape harmoniously over tapered trousers, and a melancholic dress can flow beautifully down to sneakers from another world.

    In this delicate style the House skips across time and dovetails the ages.

    View the runway show on louisvuitton.com, and discover additional insider content on Louis Vuitton's Instagram Stories feed and the House's official social media pages.

    Fashion Show Ready to wear Nicolas Ghesquière

    Spotlight on the looks that hit the catwalk at the Women's Spring-Summer 2018 show.

    In the very heart of Paris, in the fondations of the Royal Palace where history is palpable, Louis Vuitton has found its own special significance: travel between the past and the present forever joining together as one. The Spring-Summer 2018 collection is all about anachronisms, a dialogue of wardrobes transcending Time.

    Fashion Show Ready to wear Nicolas Ghesquière

    Discover the personalities sitting front row at the Women Spring-Summer 2018 Louis Vuitton fashion show.

    Milestone of the Paris Fashion Week, the Louis Vuitton Women Spring-Summer 2018 show by Nicolas Ghesquière took place in the exceptional setting of the Louvre Museum. 

    In this fascinating setting, photographer Saskia Lawaks captured the many personalities and friends of the Maison who took their front row seat: Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Michelle Williams, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Léa Seydoux, Riley  Keough, Catherine Deneuve, Jaden Smith, Ruth Negga, Natalia Vodianova, Fan Bing Bing, Doona Bae, Janice Man, Annie Chen...

    Watch the show live here on louisvuitton.com, and on Instagram.

    Nicolas Ghesquière Ready to wear Fashion Show Photography Paris Louvre