We’ve all heard of the brand and grown to love the symbolic patterns across its range of fashion.
But, how much do you really know about this high-end fashion style? Since 1997, Louis Vuitton have collaborated with Marc Jacobs to expand their bags, clothing, shoes and accessories line. Let’s take a look at the history of one of the most valuable luxury brands in the world.
A Background of Louis Vuitton Himself
Louis Vuitton was a French box-maker and packer who founded the brand over 150 years ago. He was born August 4, 1821 in Anchay, east of France. At the age of 13, he grew tired of his strict stepmother, and left home to head for Paris. The journey was 292 miles long, and it took him two years to reach his goal destination. Along the way, he carried out jobs to support himself.
He arrived in Paris in 1837, and became an apprentice at a box-making and packing workshop, and he thoroughly enjoyed his craft. Within a few years, he had gained a respected reputation as one of the best in the industry in the city.
In 1853, he was appointed the personal box-making and packer of the Empress of France. His duties were to beautifully package her clothes for transportation, and this position opened doors to a new league of work.
Vuitton married a 17-year-old in 1854, and he opened up his own box-making workshop. Here, he began to specialise in packaging fashion, and he began created trunks in canvas instead of leather.
The Birth of The Louis Vuitton Brand
Four years after opening his shop, Vuitton expanded to a larger workshop outside of Paris. He introduced rectangular trunks to a market which was in high demand. They became popular amongst people travelling by train. During the Franco-Prussian War from 1870-71, his workshop was destroyed, but he set up a new one in central Paris.
In 1872, he introduced a trunk in a beige and striped canvas. The new Parisian elite loved how luxurious the brand looked. He was awarded a gold medal and grand prize for his work ethic, which helped to popularise his work. This gave him more motivation to continue working harder, which he did until his death at age 72 on February 27, 1892.
Louis Vuitton Products We Love:
Here’s a look at our favourite Louis Vuitton products at this present day. No matter if you prefer clothing, shoes, handbags, or accessories, the brand has something sure to appeal to everyone.
The Clunny BB handbag is timeless with a lively colour strap to stand on-trend. It’s practical, and an ideal bag for business.
Flower Lock Compact Wallet
The Flower Lock Compact Wallet is elegant and feminine with the notorious Monogram pattern on the flower and padlock.
The Keepall 50 comes in an elegant Damier canvas and offers a roomy, sophisticated interior.
Where Is The Brand Now?
After the death of Louis Vuitton, Georges Vuitton took control of the company. By 1896, he had created the famous monogram canvas, featuring circles, flowers and diamonds. His products were branded and still to this day, you can recognise a Louis Vuitton product.
Technology has since helped the coating process, and the monogram canvas has become subtle across bags, purses and wallets. It continues to be one of the most successful brands in the world, and is only in competition with itself.
Are you a fan of Louis Vuitton? Share some of your favourite products in the comments to celebrate his amazing work ethic.