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Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History

10/14/2013 04:41 pm ET | Updated Dec 14, 2013

Published by Rizzoli NY, A Natural History of Louis Vuitton City Bags combines a unique, appealing approach with almost a scientific play on iconic shapes.

The first comprehensive taxonomy of Louis Vuitton's City Bags, a range of women's handbags that date back to turn of the 20th century. Featuring the trademarks of the House, City Bags represent the most successful line of accessories in the history of modern fashion - and were instrumental in making Louis Vuitton synonymous with modern luxury.

These soft-sided bags grew out of the various pieces of portable luggage that were themselves packed inside the trunks and wardrobes that had long ago represented the heritage of the company.

A classic Natural History book, this work is presented in a canvas clamshell with marble paper and a set of eleven illustrated plates. This limited edition is on sale exclusively for Louis Vuitton stores and on louisvuitton.com.

Family portrait: From the trunk to the city bag

Photograph © Patrick Gries, 2013

Inside a Keepall, 1960S
Photo © Patrick Gries, 2013

Speedy, biodiversity

Steamer Bag

Photo © Nick Veasey, 2013

Spring-Summer 2012 advertising campaign

Photo by Steven Meisel, 2011

All images courtesy Rizzoli NY.