Photographer's Note

This is the current facade of the Louis Vuitton boutique on the Champs-Elysée. Louis Vuitton is a brand of "luxe" products most known for their brown leather handbags with their logo of an "L" and "V" intertwined.

As it was taken on the "Champs" the busiest street it Paris, I was unable to get a shot without cars in it. Even when I thought I had everything perfectly timed with the traffic signals, some cars would zoom up out of nowhere. I decided not to crop them out because I liked the pedestrians walking along the sidewalk and didn't want to sacrifice them. In the lower part of the frame one can also see a typical Parisian news kioske.

The French word for suitcase is "valise". One day my boyfriend came home and told me that the Vuitton store on the Champs had been "dévalisé" Usually the prefix "de" in French has the signification of "un". So naturally I thought that they removed the giant suitcases from the facade (un-suitcased). That was not the case, "dévalisé" actually means robbed. I found the whole story very ironic "dévalising" a store that sells "valises". (Those last 2 words I just Americanized so anyone trying to improve their French don't use those words;)

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