Traditionally the upholsterer, also called upholsterer or upholsterer-decorator, dresses armchairs and apartment interiors, making and installing wall hangings, curtains and blinds. He uses all kinds of fabrics or leather, as well as many other materials (horsehair, wool, cotton, silk…).
The profession of upholsterer in luxury trunk Louis Vuitton, Goyard, Moynat is for its part much more confidential, a mixture of upholstery and leather upholstery . In the context of a restoration , it is not possible to clean the tissue, the only solution is to replace it.
Interlining definition : The trunks are lined with white canvas glued over the entire surface, this is called " full gluing ". Traditionally, the glue used is strong glue (fish or bone glue), this explains the rise of glue which forms brown spots, in the event of humidity. The trunks being airtight, the interiors are very often stained.
The tapestry takes place throughout the making of the trunk. It is not about a single layer of fabric, the whole secret of the lightness of the luggage lies in the reduction of the thicknesses of wood. Once the barrel is assembled, all the interior panels are covered with a reinforcement canvas, the wood is therefore sandwiched between the exterior canvas and the interior reinforcement canvas, creating a very solid structure by stratification.
Comes the lozinage , the installation of wooden slats and jewelry inbrass as well as all exterior elements. A second inner layer, called fine canvas, is placed before the final canvas, which prevents perspiration from nails and rivets. Finally, the 3rd and last luxurious and delicate canvas covers the interior of the trunk.
Quilting definition : Quilting is a padded trim, stitched in several places. Each stitch is marked by a brass nail , a successful quilting is the volume of generosity. It is located under the trunk lid. It is very fragile and often needs to be restored.
Malle wardrobe Goyard in 1920
Partial restoration of the interior, the interior canvas of the drawers is preserved, only the exterior is replaced by a textile of the same color, of the same type and of the same weaving.
Louis Vuitton trunk Circa 1890
Partial restoration of the interior in our workshops, only the quilting will be restored. The materials are the same, after restoration it is not possible to know that this one has been redone.
Partially restored Louis Vuitton Wardrobe trunk interior.
The missing drawers were redone and covered with orange Vuittonite canvas.
Louis Vuitton cabin trunk
Interior completely redone identically
How to maintain your old trunk?
You have recovered a trunk in an attic, you have bought a trunk that you display in your living room. How to use and maintain it without damaging it. Precautions for use.
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