About Louis Vuitton

Let’s take a walk through the biggest milestones of this global brand.

The beginning of this fashion house took life in the determination of a 13-year old who left home and journeyed on foot to reach his destination. The humble beginning of Louis Vuitton and his rise to total fashion domination is as inspirational as it can get.

Heritage as a
“trunk maker”’

Louis Vuitton was a French box-maker and packer who founded the luxury brand of the same name over 150 years ago. From humble beginnings in the French countryside, Vuitton’s skill, innovation and determination quickly saw his signature trunks coveted by the world’s elite. The house has expanded its offering to include bags, clothing, shoes, accessories and jewellery, making it one of the most valuable luxury brands in the world.

Louis Vuitton Timeline
1821
1837
1853
1854
1858
1872
1892
1896
1901
1925
1930
1965
1966
1985
1997
2001
2002
2005
2012
1821

Louis Vuitton is born in Anchay, France.

1837

A 16 year old Vuitton arrives in Paris after a two year long journey on foot and becomes an apprentice at a successful box-making and packing workshop.

1853

Known for his remarkable craftsmanship, Vuitton is appointed as the personal box maker and packer of the Empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo – the wife of Napoleon Bonaparte.

1854

Vuitton opens his very first shop in Paris. He also starts experimenting with canvas materials instead of leather for better durability and waterproofing.

1858

Going against the then norm of rounded trunks, Vuitton introduces rectangular stackable trunks.

1872

Vuitton introduced a trunk in a beige and red striped canvas, gaining massive popularity among Paris’ elite.

1892

Vuitton passes away on February 27, leaving the control of the company to his son, Georges Vuitton.

1896

To tackle the problem of counterfeit George Vuitton introduces the LV monogram.

1901

Streamer bag designed to be kept inside the luggage trunks, was introduced.

1925

Coco Chanel special-ordered a day-sized version of the Alma Voyage for personal use in 1925 – influencing the creation of the bag.

1930

The Keepall bag and Noe (Originally designed to carry champagne bottles) are introduced. 

1965

Audrey Hepburn asked Vuitton to create a smaller version of the keepall travel bag, leading to the creation of the Speedy.

1966

The cylindrical Pappillon bag is launched

1985

LV’s first all-leather line of bags called the Epi Leather was introduced.

1997

Marc Jacobs was appointed the house’s first creative
director and was charged with introducing men’s and women’s
ready-to-wear collections.

2001

Marc Jacobs collaborated with Stephen Sprouse to create a limited-edition line of bags featuring “Louis Vuitton” written in graffiti over the monogram pattern

2002

Tabour watch collection is introduced.

2005

Speedy watch collection is released.

2012

Louis Vuitton was named the world’s most valuable luxury brand for the seventh year in a row


“Determination is everything.”

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