Organized between 1924 and 1925 by André Citroën, the Croisière Noire was primarily an ambitions anthropological and technological mission. Traveling through Algeria, Mali and the Congo aboard vehicles (such as the Gold Scarab and Silver Crescent half-track) developed especially for this excursion, the crossing was marked by physical and technical achievements, as well as scientific, ethnographic and geographic accomplishments. The House of Louis Vuitton accompanied the expedition at the request of Mr. Citroën. Special orders [for photos, see first post of this series] were made so as to offer trunks that were suited to climate, modes of transport and the practicalities of daily life for the explorers (tea sets, toiletry kits, etc.). The second expedition organized by André Citroën, the Croisière Jaune, took place a few weeks before the official opening of the Colonial Exposition of 1931, with the objective of crossing the legendary Silk Road through Asia.
Chauffeur’s kit in vuittonite canvas, 1910
Dornac, 100 à l’heure travelling coat in Scottish wool twill, ca. 1923
Ladies’ flat hand bags in Morocco leather, ca. 1910
Driving googles, ca. 1900
Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs coated cotton coat, F/W 1998-99
Special car trunk for motobloc vehicles in vuittonite canvas, ca. 1908
at the American Stock Exchange Building, through January 7th, 2018.
Admission is free
November 12th, 2017