Louis Vuitton takes its Spirit of Travel to Penang

Stephanie Chai stars in two new photos to celebrate Louis Vuitton's Penang showcase next month

By Andrea Tim | Published: 29 Aug 2016

LV goes to Penang
Photo: Eric Chow/Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton is taking its Malaysian presence outside Kuala Lumpur for the first time in 30 years. From 8 to 12 September, the maison will open the doors at Penang's Seven Terraces, a row of 19th century Anglo-Chinese terrace houses that was converted into a heritage hotel. Georgetown is the perfect place for Louis Vuitton to showcase its Spirit of Travel – a recurring theme in the house's identity – as it is a city rich with culture. And in Malaysia, a nation famous for its cultural diversity, that's saying something.

To celebrate, Louis Vuitton collaborated with some of its Friends of the House, including Stephanie Chai, whose portraits are featured exclusively here. She shows off key accessories from the Autumn Winter 2016 collection, including the Twist Animal Print bag that will be among the products featured at the pop-up.

As the founder of luxury travel portal The Luxe Nomad, it's only natural that Stephanie also appreciates the beauty of Penang. "Penang is definitely an up and coming destination which of late is attracting the more affluent traveller with its colonial architecture, artistic heritage and fantastic food," she said.

Photo: Eric Chow/Louis Vuitton

Laurent Barrere, Louis Vuitton General Manager for Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, echoed Stephanie's sentiments: "Penang is an exciting direction for Louis Vuitton in Malaysia. It conjures up imagery of old world charm infused with adventures that underline modernity. It's a celebration of the Spirit of Travel, and we look forward to welcoming our clients and Friends of the House who will continue this journey with us."

Here's something else to look forward to: the new Rolling Luggage bag that was created by industrial designer Marc Newson will also make its Penang debut.

Styling by Cho Wee Chee, hair by CK Liow, makeup by Geraldine Loy/Artists at Work.

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