Alain Ducasse was born in 1956 in southwest France and has been cooking since the age of 16. Among his many restaurants are three with three Michelin stars, including The Dorchester in London. He is also the proprietor of La Bastide de Moustiers in Provence. Later this year, he opens two new restaurants in France: Champeaux, a chic brasserie in Paris’s Les Halles neighbourhood; and Ore, a restaurant at the Palace of Versailles. He has been collecting trunks for the past 25 years.
The first piece I bought was from the Marché aux Puces in Saint-Ouen, Paris. Inside the lid, the previous owner had written the cities he had travelled to with the trunk. To me trunks represent a golden age of travel.
I now have more than 400 pieces, mostly from Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Moynat and Goyard. I keep half of them in my house in the Basque Country, ordering them in the way I might do with my books. If I put all my trunks together, they would stretch for 100 metres.