September 23, 2023
When Louis Vuitton’s crew involves Aspen
Louis Vuitton instances on show at Dunbar Ranch.

Two dozen black Suburbans lined the streets surrounding the St. Regis on an early fall night. I used to be shuffled rapidly into one after I handed my very own keys to a valet, becoming a member of a number of trend editors from huge nationwide publications based mostly in New York and Los Angeles. None had been to Aspen earlier than.

Definitely, that they had attended high-gloss occasions like New York’s Trend Week, but it surely was clear that they had by no means skilled something fairly like the luxurious on show right here.

After which, issues kicked up a notch.

Our vacation spot was a Louis Vuitton-hosted, black-tie dinner and gala celebrating the fruits of a three-day VIP buying occasion and unveiling of Vuitton’s 2022 Excessive Jewellery line, Spirit, at Kevin Costner’s ranch.

Kevin Costner’s Dunbar Ranch, Aspen.

Aspens shimmered gold down the lengthy driveway at Dunbar Ranch, named for his character, Lt. John Dunbar, within the 1990 Oscar-winner Dances with Wolves. Pulling up on the property felt positively cinematic.

Servers welcomed us, as we bought out with trays of cocktails that includes tequila, vodka, bourbon — choose your poison. For the subsequent hour, the well-heeled crowd mingled on a heated out of doors patio with wool LV blankets folded onto the chairs and couches, nibbled on hors d’oeuvres, sipped champagne, took within the surroundings, and traded glances — mentally noting what others had been carrying and the classic of particular version Louis Vuitton luggage they had been carrying.

Louis Vuitton Spirit Gala, Dunbar Ranch, Aspen.

The friends moved with the sundown right into a glass, tent-like construction particularly erected for this occasion to maximise the impact of the encircling nature. The lengthy tables had been dressed with blue-and-gold menus, blue-hued superb china with gold flecks, and vases of fall-inspired floral preparations, together with shiny orange ranunculus and peach dahlias. The ceiling was strewn with what appeared to be back-lit purple and gold flowers specified by a Louis Vuitton motif sample. It might be a four-course, superb eating expertise.

Louis Vuitton Spirit Gala, Dunbar Ranch, Aspen.

Attendees dined on smoked potato and caviar, river trout, waygu beef wellington, and a roasted pear and maple millefeuille, accompanied by a Napa Valley Newton Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, in addition to a 2012 Dom Perignon.

Louis Vuitton Spirit Gala, Dunbar Ranch, Aspen

Within the heart of the room stood a runway, and, after dinner started, the lights went down, the music piped up, and a trend present rivaling any present in Paris, Milan, or New York started. Fashions strutted up and down carrying Louis Vuitton and, as could be anticipated, had been dripping in diamonds and different treasured stones that make up the Spirit assortment.

Louis Vuitton Spirit, Worn, Radiance Necklace.
Sølve Sundsbø / Picture

Ultimately, the lights got here up, and satiated from the night — to not point out a number of days of opulence — the friends headed again to the St. Regis for one final nightcap.

Excessive Jewellery

From the beginning, Louis Vuitton has been recognized for high-quality handmade merchandise, wanderlust, and journey based mostly on its dominance within the luxury-luggage market — particularly these iconic trunks, some fetching over $300,000 now.

“The home stays trustworthy to the spirit of its founder, Louis Vuitton, who invented a real ‘Artwork of Journey’ by way of baggage, luggage, and equipment which had been as inventive as they had been elegant and sensible,” based on press supplies.

And, you is probably not conscious, however this additionally consists of the gathering of superb jewellery and watches.

Louis Vuitton Spirit, Future. Teaming with diamond-encrusted triangles with monogram flower-cut diamonds, whereas the entire piece is dropped at life by quite a lot of fiery rubies from Mozambique. Pre-eminent amongst these is a ruby weighing over 10 carats and displaying an emerald minimize, which is extraordinarily uncommon for this stone.
Sølve Sundsbø / Picture

Vuitton’s entry into jewellery (Its first foray was in 2001, when Marc Jacobs was inventive director) is relativity new in comparison with different established superb jewellery manufacturers, like Tiffany & Co., Bulgari and Cartier. However, in 20 years, the French luxurious home has produced a number of the trade’s most sought-after items, most notably its Excessive Watches and Excessive Jewellery Assortment.

Louis Vuitton Spirit, Grace. Two phoenix wings unfold across the neck of a 65.26-carat tsavorite from East Africa. Double V — one V made from custom-cut baguette diamonds, whereas the opposite is a twisted steel torque of spherical diamonds that curve across the high of the neck.
Sølve Sundsbø / Picture

In late June, the Maison unveiled its fourth Excessive Jewellery Assortment, Louis Vuitton Spirit, designed by Francesca Amfitheatrof, the Maison’s inventive director for watches and jewellery. At 125 items, it required over 40,000 hours of labor in its Parisian ateliers and took the artisan jewelers three years to supply the proper gems.

With sapphires from Sri Lanka, emeralds from Colombia, and rubies from Mozambique, the gathering is Vuitton’s largest to this point. It’s imbued with mythological and fantastical creatures and “set in 5 universes, every reflective of the Maison’s values: liberty, grace, fantasy, radiance, and future,” which prominently characteristic triangle shapes and the Vuitton V as recurring motifs.

Louis Vuitton Spirit, Worn, Future Necklace.
Sølve Sundsbø / Picture

In mid-October, if you happen to occurred to be one of many Maison’s high 120 or so international VIP shoppers, you’d have had the chance to view and store the Spirit assortment, at 1001 Ute Ave., Aspen.

Louis Vuitton bracelet In an interlacing of yellow-gold chevron motifs with diamond-paved triangles and Vs in white gold. Spotlighting a 2.56-carat monogram flower-cut diamond.
Sølve Sundsbø / Picture

Aspen is synonymous with standing, wealth, and sweetness, so it’s no coincidence Louis Vuitton selected this city and that home as the situation for the U.S. unveiling of those jewels and the following days of actions.

Ute Home

Again in March, the Ute Home was listed for $75 million, the highest-priced home available on the market in Aspen on the time. The 20,000-square-foot house boasts seven bedrooms and includes a full spa, indoor and out of doors jacuzzis, a 60-foot indoor pool, and a full-on bowling alley. It gained some pop-culture notoriety when Kendall, Kylie, and Kris Jenner rented it again in January 2021 throughout a ski journey and posted movies of the home on Instagram.

Louis Vuitton Spirit, Ute Home, Aspen.

VIP friends, accompanied by their private model ambassadors/customers, flew into Aspen to view the Excessive Jewellery and Excessive Watch Assortment and booked non-public buying appointments in varied rooms of the home, the place they may strive on and buy these uncommon items — a few of which had been introduced from Paris and had beforehand by no means been in the USA.

As shoppers entered the mansion, there was a Louis Vuitton-branded step and repeat manned with photographers and workers decked out from head to toe in LV readily available to supply champagne or the rest they may want.

Louis Vuitton Spirit on the Ute Home, Aspen.

Up a flight of stairs, attendees entered a big open-plan front room that featured a sculptural fire and a grand white Chihuly chandelier, reflecting mild from huge home windows that seemed out onto a view of Pink Mountain.

Aspen skilled an extended and particularly beautiful fall this 12 months, and the foliage completely mirrored the golden hue on lots of the treasured stones used for the Spirit Excessive Jewellery assortment items.

Which is why the Maison, staying true to their roots of “The Artwork of Journey,” got here to Aspen at the moment and selected the Ute Home.

Procuring the Louis Vuitton Spirit Assortment on the Ute Home, Aspen
A fortunate few bought to buy the Louis Vuitton Spirit Assortment at Ute Home, Aspen.

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