History & Timeline of Louis Vuitton; Designer, Fashion House & Luxury Retail Brand

Louis Vuitton, the famous French luxury fashion house known for those legendary LV monograms on everything from luxury trunks to fashions and accessories, remains one of the world’s leading international fashion houses of our time. Often referred to as the world’s most valuable luxury brand, the company operates in over 50 countries and has been around for over a century. It was founded by Louis Vuitton Malletier in 1854.

The Young Louis Vuitton Designer

Louis Vuitton was born in the early 1800s and lived a sad childhood after his mother passed away when he was just 10 years old. His stepmother was so intolerable toward him that he ran away at the age of 13 and was on his own from then on. As a young teenager, Louis Vuitton began an apprenticeship with Monsieur Marechal as a box maker. At 16 years old, the Empress of France hired the young Vuitton to be her personal box maker and packer. She was impressed with the way Vuitton packed clothes so meticulously.

Louis Vuitton Opened a Store in 1854

In 1854, Vuitton married Clemence-Emilie Parriaux, and left Marechal. He then opened his own box making and packing workshop in Paris. He advertised his store as being skilled in securely packing fragile objects, specifically fashion. He later set his business apart from others a few years after opening with a trunk made from canvas rather than leather. It was more durable as well as lighter and easier to handle. His trunks were also rectangular, something unusual at that time. Most other trunks of that time were dome shaped and hard to stack on top of each other.

Luxury Luggage Continued After Louis Vuitton Died

Louis Vuitton died at the age of 70. The luxury leather luggage that he founded during his life is still has sought after as it was when he first came to prominence. Today you can find much more than luggage when you shop Louis Vuitton. You can find handbags, pocket books, and still the traditional large luggage that started it all. Today, the LV logo continues to be famous world-wide. His monogram is still considered to be one of the top 20 most valuable monograms in the world.

Beware of Louis Vuitton Replicas & Knockoffs

While this famous brand is known worldwide, there are many that try to make knock offs. They can be deceptively close to original pieces and you should always look for signs of counterfeits. The signature monogram canvas was created to help guard against those trying to counterfeit.

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