The know-how of the Malle2luxe workshops
highlighted in these two complex restorations.
We will tell you two incredible stories. Those of two customers who possessed treasures without knowing it.
They gave us one year apart their old trunk Louis Vuitton for a restoration.
These Louis Vuitton trunks were entirely painted:
- The first of a painting Red - initials: F.A
- The second of a brown painting - initials M.D
Each hid one of the historic canvases of the Louis Vuitton house.
- The first is the fabulous woven striped fabric Circa 1885, this weaving is made with flax yarn dyed in the mass.
We think this red paint has been applied to give it a facelift, a new look, without taking into account that this extraordinary trunk would have such a value many years later.
The initials F.A have been repainted over the red paint but below we have found marks of a previous black marking with identical initials.
- The second a prestigious Damier canvas Circa 1890
This technique was common during the various world wars where wealthy families fled by taking their luggage. For the sake of discretion, their Louis Vuitton trunks were painted black or brown.
The challenge of these two restorations was of a great magnitude, almost lost in advance.
Stripping a painted trunk is virtually impossible.
The nature of the paintings is different complement:
- The woven fabric will be dry etched. Indeed if the canvas is wetted, the diluted paint will enter the fibers and stain the striped woven fabric forever.
The wish of our client was to keep the initials F.A on the side, so we had to stripping the paint taking care to leave the initials ... we were no longer that close ...
After stripping we were able to restore other elements such as steel, brass, wood and canvas with a traditional natural process identical to that used in 1885 when creating this waterproof canvas that protects the contents of the luggage.
- The checkered canvas is a stencilled canvas that imposes totally different techniques.
It will therefore be necessary to use a solvent-based stripper, taking care not to pick too much or else everything will go away. It's precision chemistry.
To strip this trunk will require more than 450 liters of water.
It is a long job that requires great concentration.
After stripping, 90% of the paintings could be removed, we were then able to proceed with the restoration of the checkerboard.
For each trunk it will take perseverance, even hard work, but the result is fabulous!
The two intact trunks, reveal an exceptional canvas.
100% of the original canvas is preserved and original, no paint was used to restore the canvas of these trunks!
The know-how of the Louis Vuitton trunk restorer.