Apparently Coco Chanel was a woman with baggage — a beautiful custom-designed Goyard trunk, that is. You can marvel at it this week at the fourth annual Salon Art + Design fair. Held in the Park Avenue Armory, the event runs through November 16th. Rub elbows with the art buyers and interior designers that flock there to view art, sculpture and furniture from 55 blue-chip designers like Axel Vervoordt, Demisch Danant and Friedman Benda.
In addition, Maison Goyard, the 162-year old French luxury leather purveyor, has been added to the show’s roster this year with much fanfare. Vogue reports Goyard’s exhibition space features two special installations from its Heritage Collection: a rather traditional luggage set once belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and a wardrobe trunk commissioned by Mademoiselle Coco Chanel.
While the Duke and Duchess’ set was of the brand’s signature look, Chanel’s trunk is the real standout because it was completely customized for the designer who requested black leather with gold hardware over Goyard’s signature print. In addition she had her initials, two Cs, emblazoned on the baggage. It’s no surprise the savvy businesswoman, known for redefining fashion for women post-WWI would literally want to put her her own unique stamp on the baggage she used to store her luxurious garments.
Also, as Vogue explains, “If you look closely, you can spot a stamp from the Pierre, where Chanel liked to stay while visiting New York. With the Armory only a few blocks away from the storied hotel, it seems like the case has returned to its rightful home away from home.”