Interesting Facts On Louis Vuitton

LV-monogramIf you have read our previous article you probably know a bit more about Louis Vuitton and his humble beginnings, how he got into the fashion business, and how he became such a success.  If you have not read the article you should check it out and get to know Louis Vuitton the man behind one of the most luxurious and coveted brands in the fashion world, or in the world in general! We also have more interesting facts about this famous designer, his legacy and his brand!

Interesting Facts On Louis Vuitton

  • Handmade- Each bag takes about a week to be made because they are made by hand!
  • Hold Their Value- LV bags hold their value and class so well because at the end Louis-Vuitton-Franceof every season all the leftover bags that did not sell are sent back to the factory in France where they were made.  Once there they are destroyed by either burning or shredding them. Why? No merchandise is ever sold on discount so that each product maintains its value
  • Part Of The Expense- Each bag is both waterproof and fireproof, which is one reason they are so expensive
  • The Alma- This design was actually originally created for Coco Chanel!  Talk about a great friend!
  • Leather- The tan leather that can be found on the bags is not treated with any colors or chemicals. Because of this you will notice the leather darkens over time because of natural effects.
  • No Frauds Here- Both the LV Monogram print and the Damier print were actually created so that no one could copy the design.  
  • Houdini- George, Louis Vuitton’s son created a tumbler lock for their trunk Louis-Vuitton-Trunkluggage to replace the original lock.  They were so confident of its locking abilities they actually challenged The Great Houdini to escape it. He didn’t take the bait but it’s still a pretty cool story
  • Salvador Dali- The Daligram print was created by none other than the famous artist himself Salvador Dali
  • Marc Jacobs- Another well known name connected to the LV empire is Marc Jacobs.  He was the brands artistic director from 1997-2013
  • Nicolas Ghesquiere– Nicolas is now the head designer of the Louis Vuitton legacy taking Jacobs place in 2013
  • Forbes- it made forbes list of The World’s Most Valuable Brands, taking the 14th place

Not only is Louis Vuitton one of the greatest designers of all time his brand has held its level of class, value and beautiful designs for centuries.  His story and other tidbits of information surrounding his brand just make both him and his designs that much more interesting. Beautifully made and always classy and elegant Louis Vuitton will continue to make history!

Who Was Louis Vuitton?

louis-vuitton-paris-franceLouis Vuitton is a world renowned designer that most if not all of us know of. Starting out designing luxury luggage he branched out and has created a line of clothing, bags, purses, wallets, shoes, scarfs, keychains, the list goes on and on. But where did Louis Vuitton get his beginnings and how did this iconic designer acquire his fame, fortune, and reputation?

Louis Vuitton Working Class Beginnings

Louis Vuitton was born on August 4, 1821 in a little mountain town in Anchay, France.  His family was of working class having origins in farming, carpentry, & milling. When his mother died at a young age, his father remarried giving him his vicious and mean stepmother.  Louis despised her so much that in 1835 at theeiffel-tower-paris age of 13 he set out on foot to get to Paris, a far 300 miles away! He knew there was more in life for him then this small town, evil stepmother and had a fierce determination to do great things! It took him a little over 2 years but at the age of 16 he finally reached Paris.

Box Making Apprentice  

Once in Paris he met a box maker with his own shop by the name of Monsieur Marechal who took him under his wing as an apprentice.  In this era box making was considered a highly reputable professional and Louis Vuitton quickly made a name for himself among the elite upper class of Europe.  Box Makers were not only responsible for making the boxes they also packed, shipped and unloaded the expensive clothing and such that the rich stored & traveled with.  

The Beginning Of Louis Vuittons Legacy

louis-vuitton-luggageIn 1854 Louis Vuitton married his first love and decided to leave Monsieur Marechal Box Shop to start his own in Paris.  Four years later in 1858 he designed his own trunk luggage making it rectangular and made of canvas instead of leather so that it was more durable, odor & water resistant.  The elite fashion clientele of Paris fell in love with Vuitton’s new design and his trunks were highly sought after making him a huge success. In fact just a year later he had to move to a bigger shop because of the high demand for his luggage pieces.  

A Short Downfall

In 1870 with the beginning of the Franco-Prussian War much of the French Empire was destroyed in and around Paris forcing Louis and his family to flee their town and his beloved shop. A year later he returned to the city that was now left in destruction, a shop that had been vandalized and all of his equipment stolen.  He did not take this set back laying down however! He rebuilt his shop in a new city in the “new” Paris and was among an even higher class and elite clientele. He again became greatly successful and continued making sought after luxury luggage for the next 20 years.

A Legend Passes But His legacy Lives On

On February 27, 1892 at the age of 70 Louis Vuitton passed away leaving his business to his son Georges.  His son continued to build his father’s legacy and louis-vuitton-legacyis even responsible for creating the famous LV monogram that is all over Louis Vuitton luggage, purses, wallets, and apparel today.  The family business continues to be handed down each generation and will live on for eternity. It just goes to show that with an amazing drive and spirit like Louis Vuitton you can come from humble beginnings and succeed at anything you choose.  To the 13 year old boy who walked 300 miles to get to Paris and realize his dreams!


louis-vuitton-purseHello All and WELCOME to our blog!  We hope to share with you all the beauty that can be found in the gorgeous design of all Louis Vuitton bags.  We are talking purses, luggage, men’s bags, wallets, etc.  We also wanted to share the story of Louis Vuitton, the person responsible for these exquisite bags and pieces of art!  We hope you enjoy our blog and all things Louis Vuitton.