This of course reminds me of several girls in my life but not more than one who sleeps on her tummy who with wisdom, I would give her my heart once again even as a friend.

With that said and my hopes for friendship still carried in my heart, todays topic is life & luggage.

Oh joy! you might say.  I hear ya.  Many people do not pay attention to luggage, but luggage is a very important part of life.

I go through luggage like I go through life, generously.  And because of tender hearts in my closet at the beach there is never enough luggage to go around.  Even my mom takes my luggage.  What else are friends and moms for?

Despite my generosity, I still find myself today lacking for a better luggage sense of mind and find myself always buying luggage as needed, but be patient, the Holy Spirit is still working with me

What is important is that in business I take luggage very seriously and we are in the process of reviving luggage once again as an important part of every day life.

I am influenced by people in history who took luggage very seriously like Louis Vuitton and H.J. Cave & Sons, a London-based leather luxury goods company founded in 1839 and regarded as the inspiration for modern luggage concepts.

Then there is Samsonite and various other labels that also take this business very seriously, as business should be taken and some companies go to extreme lengths believing people should feel good about their luggage and I like that.

When I think how important transcontinental travel is,  I think about luggage.  I think about luggage durability, waterproofing, stability and even styling.

I love trains and despite our advances in modern aviation, I see a great, wonderful and romantic future in travel by train and more affordable cabins so people can truly enjoy a cross-country trip in style something few people get to experience and having appropriate luggage will be the icing on the cake for any travelers’ cross-country train trip.

When traveling large distances on trains, planes, buses or automobiles, luggage details in travel are always a very important part to every trip we make in of our lives.

And if you ever lived out of your suitcase like me you know the importance of luggage and filing a baggage insurance claim when you luggage gets stolen.

C’est la vie

Next to Louis Vuitton in the designer luggage category are many companies but Mark Cross 1845 drew my attention first to designer luggage in 1980’s buying of all things their cologne.   

Mark. W. Cross & Co. was founded in 1845 in Boston, Massachusetts starting as a purveyor of carriage saddles and harnesses.

With time the house became known simply as Mark Cross and as time progressed they opened shops in New York and London and not yet known for luggage, rather they were importers and exporters of fine products aside from their basic business practices.

Mark Cross expansion overseas translated to first-time access to luxuries yet unknown to the American market. Beyond leather goods,  Mark Cross indulged in the finest china, crystal and other delights exporting them from abroad to the United States and became known as a company with exquisite taste.

In 1921 Mark Cross entered the market at Paris, France, like never before ushering in the roaring twenties and bringing to paris their unique style and personality and shipping back to America the finest Paris had to offer.

In the 30’s and 40’s the company entered into many lives during history most notably Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Cole Porter and Fitzgerald family all who fell in love with all things Mark Cross 1845.

In 1934, Mark Cross expanded its offerings to include luggage, cigarette cases, jeweled evening bags, some of which were a collaboration with Seamen Schepps 1904.

In 1961 Mark Cross exchanged hands and in 1964 I was born.  17 years later  I fell in love with Mark Cross mens cologne and Carrera sunglass at a hundred dollars a pop before lost touch with Mark Cross which subsequently closed its doors in the 1990s.

The Horror to think of South Coast plaza without Mark Cross 1845 for their scent alone was truly unique and could be found no other place.  Thank God for FENDI a more than acceptable alternative.

I look forward again to giving men and women a taste of Mark Cross elegance, an aroma so rare and unique that I am surprised the company folded and its scent hard to find even since its reopening.

In 2011, Mark Cross had snuck back into the limelight and the Mark Cross Men’s collection, was introduced in Spring 2014,  a collection that combines vintage luxury with a new vision of sleek sophistication.

Both the Women’s and Men’s Mark Cross collections are inspired by the brand’s rich heritage, dedication to fine craftsmanship and use of the finest leathers in the world.

I look forward to incorporating Mark Cross into a greater fashion presence and competitive once again the luggage business.



Highlights from the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2018 Fashion Show by Nicolas Ghesquière. Watch the full show now on http://vuitton.lv/2qcCp3q

Life is most interesting these days with anomalies in fashion trying to break into the big money some people not knowing how hard these labels’ women and men have worked to stay at the top.  DESPITE some may succeed.

One of our designer brands that has been on top for a good while is  Louis Vuitton.

The Louis Vuitton label was founded by Louis Vuitton on Louis Vuitton day in 1854 on a little known street  then known as Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France.

Louis Vuitton had observed that the HJ Cave Osilite trunk made by H.J. Cave & Sons to see if he could improve on the perfection of luggage for his day.

A London-based leather luxury goods company H.J. Cave & Sons was founded in 1839 while that penny page writer Joseph Smith was still alive and Mark Cross luggage was still waiting to be invented.

Regarded by some as the inventor of the luxury leather handbag, H.J. Cave and Sons no doubt was the Inspiration and perhaps muse for Louis Vuitton and later other designers many who studied the 1839 merchant which was a big part of the lives of many in Europe as in England.

In 1858, Louis Vuitton on another Louis Vuitton day introduced Louis Vuitton flat-bottom trunks with Trianon canvas, making them lightweight, airtight and more practical.

Before Louis Vuittons’ great invention, rounded-top trunks were used, generally to promote water run off, and thus could not be stacked.

It was Vuittons’ grey Trianon canvas flat trunk that allowed the ability to stack these pieces of art with ease for voyages making travel much nicer and more space friendly for the traveler.

Afterwards many non-Louis Vuitton luggagemakers imitated the Louise Vuitton inspired Louis Vuitton style and design.

In 1867 the Louis Vuitton company participated in Universal Exhibition in Paris a world fair destination where his work was spied on by many people in a market starved for fresh ideas and the strong creative energy emanating from Louis Vuitton Chanel and many other designer labels.


Desiring to protect the look & feel of his creation, Louis Vuitton changed the Louis Vuitton Grey Trianon design to a beige and brown stripes design in 1876.

In 1885,  the Louis Vuitton company opened the first Louis Vuitton store in London on Oxford Street and was welcomed by the public in England who frequented and purchased Louis Vuitton luggage and leather products.

Despite the efforts made by Louis Vuitton people continued to imitate Louis Vuitton product causing Louis Vuitton to creat the Damier Canvas pattern, which bore a logo that reads “marque L. Vuitton déposée”, which translates into “L. Vuitton registered trademark”.

In 1892, Louis Vuitton died on another Louis Vuitton day and Louis passed Louis Vuitton the company on to his Louis Vuitton son,  a boy named George Vuitton

Then Georges Vuitton, Louis Vuittons’ son, began a Louis Vuitton marketing campaign to build the Louis Vuitton company into a worldwide Louis Vuitton corporation and in America, Louis Vuitton products exhibited lavishly at the very large Chicago Worlds’ Fair in 1893.

Later In 1896, the Louis Vuitton company launched the Louis Vuitton signature Monogram Canvas and largely paranoid of his father’s past dealings with luggage larceny, the Louis Vuitton company established as many Louise Vuitton patents as life in the luggage business would permit.

Louis Vuitton graphic symbols, including quatrefoil and flowers as well as the Louis Vuitton monogram, were in their inception based on the wider trend of the use of Japanese monogram designs in the late Victorian era by other companies not named Louis Vuitton.

The loving effort to protect Louis Vuitton patents found their locus in trying to stop the large counterfeit market by non-Louis Vuitton people who loved to lisp Louis Vuitton secrets seemingly everywhere.

In this same year, George Vuitton the son of Louis Vuitton traveled to the United States, where he toured cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago, selling Vuitton products and discovering french inspired Louisiana where today they sell the Louis Vuitton Label in as many products as Louis Vuitton can make and supply.



(edited out) Louis Vuitton was inspired by “A London-based leather luxury goods company H.J. Cave & Sons was founded in 1839 while that penny page writer and co-founder with the Holy Spirit of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints Joseph Smith was still alive and Mark Cross luggage was still waiting to be invented.”