So you know your way around Avenue Montaigne blindfolded and call SoHo your second home. But are you sure you’re getting the best of Paris and New York? Are you certain you aren’t overlooking the quirky, avant garde designer who set up his boutique away from the retail hubs? Or that artisanal cheese-maker, who prefers to work out of a hole in a dreadfully unfashionable wall?
If yes, the answer is the Louis Vuitton City Guides—which even residents are known to dip into frequently. The 10th edition of the European Cities guide features 32 cities, including Bucharest, Glasgow, Lausanne, Manchester, Palermo and Saint-Tropez (all for the first time), grouped together in nine booklets according to geographical location, which come in a boxed set. The 2009 releases also feature five new cities—Miami, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Mumbai (plus Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur)—in individual volumes, and throw in schematic city maps to help travellers find their way to the most exclusive addresses in town.
Lest you think that the guides are merely boring lists of expensive boutiques, Pierre Léonforté, editor-in-chief of the guides since 1998, says: “The City Guide is not about luxury shopping. It is a compilation of the very best addresses, at all price points, that we have found in a given city.” Also included are hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, museums, cultural attractions and must-see sights.
So, which addresses make the LV cut in Mumbai? Drop in at one of the four Louis Vuitton stores in India (Emporio mall and The Oberoi in Delhi, UB City mall in Bangalore and Taj Mahal Palace and Tower in Mumbai) for a look-see. The European Cities guide set costs Rs5,800, the individual volumes are Rs1,600.