Louis Vuitton presents: The Art of Packing JoanMay 13, 2013Art & CultureFashion & Beauty1 Comment2342 views “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist There are two things that any travel enthusiasts knows by heart: the journey is at least as important as the destination, and the only thing you need to take lightly is your luggage. Thus, as always, Louis Vuitton successfully satisfies our need for both stylish and comfortable traveling with the new Zéphyr, the house’s first four-weel trolley, which “glides along smoothly, effortlessly twisting and turning on its four multi-directional wheels”. And leave it to Louis Vuitton to elevate packing to an art form. So just like Roxana, a senior sales associate at the Louis Vuitton store in Bucharest, was my guide through the elegant universe of LV packing, allow me to be your virtual guide and give you just a few tips on how to pack fashionably. First you, hopefully, take your new Zéphyr, open it out flat, and unfold the flaps of compartment one. One thing that it’s best not to forget is that you should always place the heaviest items, such as shoes or cosmetics, towards the bottom (where the wheels are placed 😉 ) of the bag. An never forget to place each shoe in for their own special push, for safety and protection as well as for hygiene reasons. This way you can easily place two or three pairs of shoes in each corner of the trolley, which leaves a space in the center that’s just perfect for cosmetics, toiletries, and other accessories. Lightweight clothing, like skirts or t-shirts can be efficiently places on top of these. Alternatively, t-shirt s can be rolled for more space. Remember, that the fewer folds you make, the more space you have. As for compartment number two, this can be a great place for a suit, or other a similar item, which can be placed that the bottom of the compartment. I know that transporting blazers isn’t a walk in the park, but a good tip to remember is that the collar should be folded upwards for fewer wrinkles. Belts should be rolled and placed along the exterior wall around clothing with the buckle facing outwards. Delicate pieces such as sunglasses or jewelry go on top. And you’re done! As for the guys who are here with us today, the Keepall is an ideal travel companion, lightweight, and easily transportable, but spacious enough for a weekend getaway. For efficient packing, the first trick is to lay out everything you need so as to avoid forgetting anything vital. After you do that, simply unzip the bag, push open the sides, and let’s get started. As was the case for the ladies, the heaviest items should be spread out at the bottom of the bag. Shoes are placed in separate felt bags and then put at either side of the bag so as to even out the weight of the bag. A good trick to remember it that items such as belts, socks and other small accessories can be placed inside the shoes. This not only saves space, but also protects the shape of the shoe. The space created in the middle can be thus used for your toiletry kit. Other heavy items like battery chargers or plug adapters can go here as well. Jeans can be either rolled or folded together so as to maximize the space. For knits and t-shirts you should fold in the sleeves and tool top down. The flat space created after all these are arranged inside can very well accommodate a shirt without it creasing. Flatten the shirt and unfold the collar then place it flat in the bag. Multiple belts can be rolled up very tight inside each other. And the space in the sides can be perfect for small items like sunglasses, scarves or gloves. And we are also done! For more tips and tricks check out the lovely guide presented by Louis Vuitton: The Art of Packing. Travel safe and stay elegant!