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Goyard presents “Luggage of Fame” featuring the trunks of some of its most celebrated clients, including the Duchess of Windsor.

The House of Goyard is built on two pillars—heritage and passion—both of which provide the foundation for an incredible in-store exhibition opening tomorrow at Bal Harbour Shops, “Luggage of Fame.” Made possible by the Goyard Heritage Collection in Paris, the exhibition presents the bespoke Goyard collections once belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Coco Chanel.

However, this showcase is not just a curated sampling from Maison Goyard’s archive. It’s a snapshot of the life’s work and obsession of one man, Jean-Michel Signoles, President of Goyard, who began collecting the house’s storied trunks and accessories—and eventually the house itself! Debuting at the Bal Harbour Shops boutique on March 24 (and on view through April 3), the exhibition exemplifies how closely the house works with its clients in order to create the perfect travel accessory.

Take, for instance the trunk once belonging to Coco Chanel. The all black trunk (very rare for Goyard) is finished with gold clasps, locks and handles and has no drawers—all of which were custom-designed for Chanel.

And for the suite of luggage for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the pieces share unifying bands of stripes: blue and yellow for the Duchess and red and yellow for the Duke. Each are also marked with their respective titles, ever since their first order was placed in 1939. According to house records, the Duchess was also a fan of Goyard’s collars and leashes, which she used to purchase for her pugs.

These stories are just a few of the more than 700 that comprise Signoles’ collection, and may inspire new clients to write their own Goyard tales.

 

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