French sound pioneer Devialet is no stranger to luxury collaborations, having previously worked with the likes of Berluti for an opulent leather travel case for its iconic round speakers; Grand Hyatt Hong Kong for a unique sound spa experience; the Paris Opera for a gilded, co-branded speaker; and most recently, the brand has collaborated with Louis Vuitton with its followers of globetrotting aficionados in mind.
Enter the DJ Trunk, a swish new setup for well-heeled DJs or even just keen audiophiles — particularly vinyl lovers. It was previously unveiled in Shanghai before embarking on its current global tour, as is the long tradition of Louis Vuitton trunks. This collaboration updates Louis Vuitton’s trunk heritage for the modern age, inspired by the historic Stokowski writing-desk trunk, a special order for a conductor in 1930 to transport his work kit. Similarly, the DJ Trunk is tailor-made for modern-day composers and designed to hold their necessities: the Devialet Phantom, turntable, vinyl recordings, mixer, computer and headphones.
The DJ Trunk, available only as a special order, is handcrafted in Louis Vuitton’s Asnières workshops just outside of Paris, and is swathed in a grey-scaled iteration of its iconic Monogram — the Monogram Eclipse canvas. Outer metal accessories are all crafted from ruthenium, while inner touches are made of dark grey microfibre. In the centre, you’ll find a beechwood table covered in luxurious black cowhide. A matching custom-made bag stores about 20 vinyl records, as well as a box that stylishly holds a turntable — both in Monogram Eclipse.
Boasting the best wireless sound on the planet, Devialet’s iconic speakers changed the audio landscape when they launched just over 10 years ago with dense, lush and distortionless sound, never before experienced on any other wireless speaker. The Gold Phantom speaker itself has also received a new update, with matching ruthenium sides marked with a special collaborative logo.
The setup can be used for DJ sets with two trunks and two Phantom speakers, or just as a fabulous way to store your music and vinyls in one trunk.
Can you imagine Calvin Harris or Tiesto — the current two DJs with the highest net worth in the world — touring with this posh luggage? Have a look for yourself — the DJ Trunk will be displayed for a limited time only at the Louis Vuitton Maison (5 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) until this Sunday, 13 May 2018.