Louis Vuitton’s got a brand new bag. Or rather, a gorgeous new Maison to house all those bags. The monogrammed megabrand finally opened the doors at its new Toronto location last month, revealing a palatial space three times as big as its last at 150 Bloor Street West. We haven’t stopped ogling since. Designed by none other than leather-daddy architect Peter Marino, the shimmering two-floor glass and steel mecca houses virtually everything that Louis Vuitton is known for, including full selections of luggage, small leather goods, bags, shoes, accessories, ready-to-wear and even custom-designed fine jewellery, unique to the location (LV + TO charm bracelets?). It is also the first store in Canada to feature Louis Vuitton’s exclusive “Haute Maroquinerie” service for made to order leather goods. Sounds pretty haute to us.
Only the second Louis Vuitton location to be elevated to the level of Maison (the first and only other being New York’s flagship at 57th and 5th), the Toronto boutique will hold a constantly rotating art installation. At last month’s opening party, the space featured “Buttermint Equilux, 2010-2012,” a 5-piece Victorian porcelain statuette grouping by Canadian artist Shary Boyle.
And more about that party: the intimate gathering of Louis Vuitton clients and members of the arts and fashion communities spoke volumes to just what the new Louis Vuitton Maison is all about: art meeting fashion. Designer Jeremy Laing and husband Frank Griggs took in the paintings (the space also features permanent pieces by Canadian James Nizan) and gallerist Samara Walbohm perused the purses. As always, National Post social columnist flitted through the space with the kind of ease only he is known for. As for the rest of the crowd? We were all busy counting the monograms we’d like to find our own maison for one day.