Claridge’s, London’s legendary Mayfair hotel, announces an extraordinary collaboration with Louis Vuitton for its annual Christmas tree, set to be unveiled on November 23, 2023
In a fusion of luxury and tradition, Claridge’s and Louis Vuitton, both established in 1854, are joining hands to present the 2023 Claridge’s Christmas Tree. This collaboration marks a significant moment in the history of these two iconic names, both renowned for their association with the Art of Travel, which will be the central theme inspiring the tree’s design.
The relationship between Claridge’s and Louis Vuitton dates back to the 1850s. The era saw Monsieur Louis Vuitton appointed as the personal layetier to Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III. During the same period, Empress Eugénie made Claridge’s her winter residence, often hosting Queen Victoria, which led to the hotel’s reputation as an annex to Buckingham Palace. It was Vuitton who personally packed the Empress’s trunks for her stays at Claridge’s, and in 1885, Louis Vuitton opened its first London store near Claridge’s, further cementing their intertwined histories.
Paul Jackson, Claridge’s General Manager, expressed his excitement about the collaboration, stating, “What an honour it is to welcome such a legendary house as Louis Vuitton to design our Claridge’s Christmas Tree this year. Christmas is the most magical time of year for us here at the hotel, and we look forward to seeing guests and visitors immerse themselves in Louis Vuitton’s world.”
The Claridge’s Christmas Tree has become a seasonal landmark in London, heralding the beginning of the festive season. For the thirteenth year, the hotel has invited a distinguished fashion house to reinterpret the tree in its unique style. This year’s design by Louis Vuitton is eagerly anticipated, promising to be a splendid blend of luxury, history, and artistic expression.
Stay tuned for the grand unveiling on November 23, 2023, as Claridge’s and Louis Vuitton present a Christmas tree that is not just a decoration but a celebration of their storied past and a testament to the enduring allure of luxury travel.