Circle this date! Saturday, September 18 at 1:00 PM local time until to the end of the day at the Louis Vuitton store in your city—over 400 international stores. That is the time my window in Louis Vuitton will have its half-day. My window’s appearance will help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Louis Vuitton with a trunk that I designed. I have been working on this with the Creative Lab in London who was overseeing this project, and we did everything over Zoom and by FedEx. Until now I was sworn to secrecy.
The campaign invited 200 “artists and visionaries” to take one of Mr. Vuitton’s trunks and design something special. The instructions to every one of the 200 artists were to think of his icon trunk “as a vessel for an object, a dream, a future, a reflection, a desire.”
I wanted to put the solar system in the trunk, with twinkling stars. I wanted every planet to be represented as it is seen in Mr. Vuitton’s chart on the date he was born. I was given his time of birth and city, along with the day, month, and year of his birth. So instead of glyphs to represent the planets, we added each of the planets in the correct place in Mr. Vuitton’s chart, showing where they would be. I sent metallic chalk replicas of all the planets in our solar system to show the team the correct portion of each planet’s size to London by FedEx and stock photography for inspiration. I felt we could use poetic license for the colors of the planets. The team blew me away with the beauty of how they interpreted my words.
On that day, September 18, in cities around the world, starting at 1 PM local time you will be able to see my window. It will appear in Paris, New York, Beverly Hills, Milan, Tokyo, Berlin, Beijing—over 400 stand-alone stores in fashion cities worldwide. If you have a Louis Vuitton store in your city, it will be there.
For clarity, this event will not appear inside Louis Vuitton boutiques inside department stores, such as the large one in Bloomingdale’s here in New York City. It but will only appear in the LV-owned self-contained stores, like the one on the corner of 57th Street & Fifth Avenue in New York City or the Louis Vuitton store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. The firm’s celebration is taking place worldwide in all the Louis Vuitton stores all year long.
If you Google the question, “What are the most desirable brands of leather?” Louis Vuitton tops the list as #1. According to Google, “Named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for six years in a row, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with leather goods of the highest quality.”
The press wrote up the story about Mr. Vuitton’s anniversary of his birth, August 4, 1821, in both Vogue.com and the New York Times.
Also, as an aside, if you follow Louis Vuitton on Instagram, the company is running photos of many of the artistic expressions that were chosen to be part of the project.
You can also read about the project in Vogue, and it mentions my idea of having the universe in a trunk with Mr. Vuitton’s chart.
Here is the story that appeared recently in Vogue.com by reporter Steff Yotka: https://bit.ly/3ltoN0T. It is called “What Does an Astrologer Put in a Louis Vuitton Trunk? Susan Miller Has Some Cosmically Aligned Ideas.”
Also you can see the article in the New York Times, July 29, 2021, by Jessica Testa: https://nyti.ms/3jIoDl7. “How to Celebrate the 200th Birthday of a Man Everyone Knows and No One Knows” with the subtitle, “This fall, window displays at Louis Vuitton will feature an uber-collaboration of trunks decorated by BTS, Susan Miller and more.”
If you follow me on Instagram @AstrologyZone, Twitter @AstrologyZone, or on Facebook “Susan Miller’s Astrology Zone,” you already know I was in a terrible accident on August 16. I have been in bed, unable to walk ever since. Just to get home, I needed an ambulance as the pain was so terrible. There’s not much the hospital or the doctors can do for me—I had internal bleeding in the leg but luckily did not break a bone. I did severely damage a lot of soft tissue and tendons in the left leg. I am working hard to get well and hope to be at the Louis Vuitton store on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street on Saturday, September 18 at 1 PM EDT (running through to the end of the day) to see my window.
I hope you will stop by to say hello. Considering how slow my recovery is taking, I might have to rent a temporary wheelchair to be there, but I don’t want to miss seeing my window. At this point, I cannot put any weight on my leg, so I cannot walk. I am a bit weak from having to stay so still. I have to work up to crutches (which I call my chopsticks).
If you don’t live in New York City, you can see my window in any fashion city of the world at a Louis Vuitton store—at 1 PM YOUR time on Saturday, September 18. The company will run all 200 artists’ and visionaries’ work in rotation over a 100-day period where each artist gets a half-day to display their work. All my designs are inside the trunk, not outside, so on Instagram, it looks like a black box and just says “Miller.”
Let me know what you think!
Thank you for your message of good cheer and hopes that I get well soon. It was an unavoidable accident, so I guess I just have to learn patience while I heal. Thank you so much for caring.