The saga began in 1901, when travelling by steamboat was all the rage, sailing across the globe with a very modern freedom of movement and the peerless comfort of transatlantic crossings.
Louis Vuitton designed the Steamer, a soft-sided bag that fitted easily into the drawer of a trunk.
Crafted in canvas with a leather-reinforced base and sturdy handles, it could be put down anywhere or hung up conveniently in the cabin. An intimate companion, it separated clean garments from soiled laundry, while its unpickable lock guarded the essentials of its elegant owners. The Steamer was the first soft-sided travel bag, a forerunner of modern hand luggage. Since then, it has sailed through time to become a true city bag, with Nicolas Ghesquière paying it tribute in his Cruise 2016 collection.
Here is the evolution of LV's Steamer Bag.