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An exhibition called Time Capsule at Toronto's Union Station will examine how Louis Vuitton has catered to the changing desires of first-class travellers.BFA

French fashion house Louis Vuitton is bringing some of its storied history to Canada. From Sept. 7 to 30, an exhibition called Time Capsule will be on display at Toronto’s newly renovated Union Station. It’s a fitting venue for a company that got its start making accessories for an emerging class of globetrotters. The art of travel has changed drastically since 1854, when its namesake founder began making trunks for carriage, boat and train, and Time Capsule examines the way that Louis Vuitton caters to the ever evolving wants and needs of first class wanderlust.

The exhibition is housed in a temporary structure made of brushed aluminum located next to Front Street on the north side of the station in the Sir John A. MacDonald Plaza. It uses archival pieces to highlight six key aspects of the brand’s history, including the distinct features of its first trunks, more contemporary collaborations with artists such as Stephen Sprouse and Richard Prince, and innovations in travel accessories, such as an early zinc case that opens into a fold-out bed. There’s also the Artisans Room, where Louis Vuitton craftsmen will host live demonstrations of the handiwork that goes into their pieces.

With previous appearances in cities such as Hong Kong, Berlin, Los Angeles and Dubai, the exhibition’s arrival in Toronto is its first stop in Canada and marks the brand’s 35th retail anniversary in the city. It’s accompanied by a pop-up bookstore in Union Station’s Front Street Promenade where small accessories like stationery, fragrance and notebooks will be available.

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