When de Brazza embarked on his first mission into central Africa in 1875, he acquired zinc and copper watertight trunks from Louis Vuitton. He had studied the design and signed the purchase order himself at the workshops in Asnières. By 1890, the House of Louis Vuitton had improved on what was simply known internationally as the ‘Belgian Bed’ and was offering several types of tin trunks with camp beds in them which could be taken apart. It gained in popularity as it was used by explorers such as de Brazza, the Marquis de Morès, GA Bloom and Jacques Faure among others. Indeed de Brazza’s trunk went down in history, as he was seated on its thin mattress, when he convinced King Makoko to sign the treaty which saw the Congo become a French colony.