For their ready-to-wear A/W 2012 show, Louis Vuitton brought Belle Époque glamour to the catwalk. As models descended the Louis Vuitton Express they evoked the golden age of the steam train when luggage was an affair to remember. Flash forward a few months and leaping into the present day, the luxury brand asked Todd Selby to take a journey across continents in 12 days, starting in Paris and finishing in Shanghai, with his trusty monogramed LV holdall in tow.
Keeping busy with his sketch pad and camera, he created a visual diary of his trip. Twin spoke to video producer Laura Holmes who went along with him for the ride…
How did you become involved in the Art of Travel project?
Katie Grand introduced me to Faye Mcleod, head of visual at Louis Vuitton to produce the project.
What was the experience like?
Incredible, a once in a lifetime opportunity. From the train window we saw Central Berlin, rural Poland, suburban Belarus, Russian countryside, soldiers in Siberia, camels in the Gobi Desert and the Great Wall of China. We slept and ate three meals a day on the train filming from sunrise until sunset.
What does Louis Vuitton represent to you?
What did you enjoy about working with Todd?
His train work-out.
What are you working on next?
A film for New York fashion brand Maiyet shooting in Kenya with feature film director Cary Fukunaga.