Posted 6 years ago
When we were first approached by a high-ranking director for this well known California family, recognized world-wide primarily in the world of publishing (among other holdings) to restore a series of very old and historically significant Louis Vuitton trunks, we had mixed thoughts. They had all been in storage for decades (centuries?) and were teaming with furry, fluffy, caked on white and gray toxic mold, inside and out. Torn and missing chunks of un-gettable LV cloth coverings were also part of the challenge, not mentioning deep water damage that had rotted sections of underlying wood. Luckily, we do have a building with a "quarantine chamber" and were able to move these pieces in and out and into direct sunlight to kill as much of the toxic spores as naturally possible. And when that didn't completely do the trick, we started daily bombardments of chemicals ..bye-bye mold! The one pictured, no doubt a custom made LV, was MASSIVE. 43 wide x 27 tall and with the two elaborate removable trays, weighed in at 50 tons!..(no, not really, but it took two of us to lift or move, every time). We removed the rotted bottom, carefully replaced each panel of hardwood, scraped, wire-wheeled and sanded the zinc bottom sheet (and added clear-coat) before adding the maple outlining slats, framing the bottom assembly. We used our special "varnish sauce" to restore all exterior surface after more rigorous cleaning, shined up those wonderful LV brass nail heads, cut a new VERY LONG belt, sewed in a solid brass buckle and VOILA!...three months later, this one was ready for display. (Don't want to bore you with how much fun it was to re-line this trunk, and the trays, and, and, and..... Viva la France!