Photography by Paul Warchol for Louis Vuitton

We Toured Louis Vuitton’s Historic Time Capsule Exhibition in Toronto

The act of assembling prized possessions in a box to be tucked away for a later date, or even for another set of eyes, seems the height of sentimentality. But these are nostalgic times, and Louis Vuitton has astutely tapped into a societal yen for the good old days with Time Capsule, the house’s travelling exhibition. Timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Louis Vuitton’s arrival in Toronto, the show spreads out over Union Station’s spectacular Sir John A. Macdonald Plaza. It’s a not-so-subtle nod to Louis Vuitton’s history in luggage while showcasing the city’s ongoing $800 million restoration to the landmark École des Beaux-Arts-inspired structure.

The exhibition, opening on September 7, features six installation rooms that pull from the house’s archives, each aimed at shedding new light on LV’s enduring mystique. The Keys to the Codes Room looks at the distinctive design features of LV’s early creations, while the Artisans Room includes live demonstrations of LV craftspeople at work. Time Capsule will also feature a Boîte Chapman Elephant trunk on loan from Canadian collector Olivier Benloulou. Also included in the show is a black ruffle embroidered lace dress worn by Emma Stone to the 2018 Golden Globe Awards, as well as a leather vanity train case from 1970 that once belonged to Lauren Bacall.

Word of warning: The time for this show runs out on September 30. Admission is free.

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