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I have always been a huge fan of window-shopping. Every Christmas, my family would take a trip into Manhattan to see the store windows at Saks Fifth AvenueBergdorf Goodman, and Macy's. But, retailers produce artistic and inventive store windows throughout the year. So, I happen to be in luck. Paris is home to a host of chocolatiers, boulangeries, and designers who have mastered the art of window display design in order to wow and woo shoppers.

One fashion house in particular caught my eye--Louis Vuitton. There is nothing ordinary about the displays at the Champs-Élysées flagship. Each one is a work of art. The store's installations are colorful, playful, and inspired. The design incorporates ready-to-wear and accessories, along with unexpected props--large spools of thread, mannequin feet, thick strings of silk thread, and oversized leather swatches.  
The installations compel shoppers to walk inside, make a purchase or two, and experience the design vision of American architects Peter Marino and Eric Carlson (who renovated the 161,000 square-foot flagship in 2006). Maybe, next time. I was content to continue my day of window-shopping along the Champs-Élysées. The flagship is located at 101 avenue des Champs-Élysées.
MORE TO SEE AT LV 
I am not the only one who admires the windows at LV. At a Louis Vuitton window in Oslow, Freshmess.com captured a stack of handmade trunks with an illustrated image of the Eiffel Tower. Also, check out this video of another LV installation. Hauteworld features other evocative window displays in Paris.
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LV's Debut: From Oct. 13 through Feb. 27, the Carnavalet Museum will exhibit Around Town: Louis Vuitton & Paris.  For the first time, fans will be able to view a historic collection of Louis Vuitton's iconic handbags, trunks, and luggage. If you can't make it, watch this video about the Art of Travel by Louis Vuitton. The video gives an interactive peak inside the book, Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks.