BEFORE & AFTER: LET OUT SOME STEAM
I don’t always know what I am going to do with something when I see it for the first time. I bought this vintage trunk for less money the miles I imagine it has had on the road. That’s a good enough reason and a good enough start. It is battered from protecting someone’s valuables over time and re-imagined has a new value to come.
“If you don’t know, the thing to do is not to get scared, but to learn.” ―Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
I started researching steamer trunks for inspiration. In 1837 a 16-year-old boy walked 300-miles from the peasant village of Anchay to take an apprenticeship in the trunk making shop of M. Marechal on the Rue Saint-Honore. His name was Louis Vuitton.
Here’s the take away from that story. Out of nothing, anything is possible.
Travel and Capitalism are the inspirations. It is the background for the golden-era of industrialist. It produced the biggest industry tycoons in history in transportation, oil and banking. Capitalism in its purest form grants us freedom of business. We can be innovative and we can create the means possible to even the playing floor between the rich and the poor. Laissez-Faire is that the French call it. It means free to do. Ayn Rand is the champion of this concept.
“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.” –Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Tiger Lily’s is a lot like that. Every day we come to work, http://www.tigerlilysgreenwich.com, we celebrate that culture. We believe absolutely anything is possible. We believe out of challenge comes great success. We believe that history has value and it is best celebrated when we return it to new.
I wanted the trunk to return to its purpose. Start at the very beginning. That’s another #Tigerlilystip. I gave the trunk to a very talented artist who works with us directly. I discussed the theme and the idea that the outcome should celebrate what is great about America in history, branding and style. I also told him I wanted an airplane, logos and a train.
This is your journey, let out some steam. Be creative, call on your best self. Explore new territory. Take advantage of it.
“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere – on water and land.”
― Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass