Apparently, there’s an art to packing your suitcase when travelling to foreign climes. An art that we were totally unaware of until we stumbled upon a demonstration at the Louis Vuitton menswear press day. Personally, we’ve always been a more “toss things in case, squash to fit, then sit on the case to close it”-type packer. After all, what does it matter if your ensembles are wrinkled to buggery? Nobody on the promenade on the Costa Brava will be paying attention. And should some openly stare, simply remark how their sun-exposed skin matches the texture of your T-shirt. Well, now it turns out that, if you pack your clothing with care and consideration, it will, on arrival at your destination, be as smooth as your face. Who knew such marvellous tricks could be achieved without the aid of magic or an iron?
You will need:
1 x Pégase wheelie bag
Some clothes. And maybe shoes. Or whatever it is you choose to fill your case with
A guide to whatever city it is you’re visiting (optional)
1. Arrange the shoes at the bottom and top of the Pégase, separating the pairs, then inserting light shoetrees and placing each one in a protective cover.
2. Place between them the Louis Vuitton City Guide boxed set (if using), the toilet bag, the shoe care kit and the rolled-up belt.
3. Fill in the empty spaces with underwear, socks and gloves.
4. On the wheeled side, stack the shirts and polo shirts, top to toe and intertwined, collars raised, with every other button done up.
5. Further up, arrange the T-shirts and jumpers rolled up on themselves, as well as the ties (in their cases).
6. Insert the accessories (watch, bow ties, etc).
7. Cover with the jeans, then the jacket folded in the usual way: in two across the height with the collar visible and the sleeves folded in the back.
8. Place the complete suit in its cover. Fold it in three over itself and attach it to the flap of the Pégase. Close the suitcase.
9. Slip your diary and iPad into the patch zipped pocket on the front.
A very special thank you to Louis Vuitton’s The Art of Packing for the handy tips.
by Natalie Dembinska