Louis Vuitton, Les Parfums: From Leather To Perfume

Eliza Scarborough   |   04 - 06 - 2017

If the spirit of travel could turn into a touchable, malleable material, and then inspire Louis Vuitton’s loveliest creations, it would take the form of leather. From leather craftsmanship to perfumery, leather is the heart of Louis Vuitton’s skill.

‘Before I even arrived at Louis Vuitton I knew that leather would figure in the perfumes I created. As a perfumer, I have always been fascinated by leather, by its hold on the imagination and its sway over the senses. Even as I explored the workshops of Louis Vuitton, though, I never imagined how rich a universe was opening up before me.’ Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, Louis Vuitton’s Master Perfumer.

Leather infusion is exclusive to Louis Vuitton. It is also a world-premiere technique, for no one has ever before achieved an infusion of the kind that the perfume industry can use. Thus, it has now entered the perfumer’s palette as an ingredient of genuine standing and can be used in a variety of ways.

It was therefore natural for the Maison Louis Vuitton to utilise this material when designing Travel Cases for its perfumes. With leather, Louis Vuitton preserves its craft, and tailors the container to the personal effects within. In designing its perfume Travel Cases Louis Vuitton has harkened back to its origins, and today the Maison has created a line of cases that embrace their flasks, like a second skin, for smooth sailing on any expedition, be it far-flung, or closer afield.

The skin is made of the Maison’s signature and emblematic natural leather, also found  in the leather-infused fragrances created by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud. Just as a perfume develops uniquely on each individual, the leather lives its owner’s life, in even greater intimacy, and over time develops a patina to match. As leather and skin become one, so do vanity case and perfume unite, ideal for travel.