Louis Vuitton didn’t start out as the famous designer and entrepreneur that we know so well today. His history is actually a complicated one, spanning from the eastern French Mountains to the bustling city streets of Paris. His brand evolved overtime and his never seen before designs revolutionized the luggage and bag industries. The very first Louis Vuitton trunk was introduced in 1858, but he founded his in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. He didn’t find popularity over night and face seemingly impossible hurdles. Today, Louis Vuitton offers countless luggage pieces in limitless combinations of pattern interpretations, materials, and shapes. But it all began with a simple trunk made of grey canvas.
He was born on August 4, 1821, in Anchay, France, a mountainous, heavily wooded area in the Jura region. The son of a farmer and a milliner, he came from a long line of working class people, but dreamed of a life filled with the luxuries he never had. When his mother died when he was only 10, Louis received the push that might be responsible for the entire company. His father remarried quickly, and stories say the woman was as wicked as Cinderella's stepmother. By the age of 13 he’d left home, starting the 292 mile trek to Paris. He arrived at 16, and pursued an apprenticeship with a local box maker and packer. Monsieur Marechal took on Louis in the height of Pari’s industrial revolution. He trained Louis in the art of packing and box making. A box-maker and packer, custom-made all boxes to specifically fit the goods they stored and they personally loaded and unloaded the boxes at each location.
Within a few years Louis became popular among the French elite. When Napoleon the III came to power, the new emperor's wife hired Louis to be her personal box maker. This opportunity catapulted him into the world he dreamed of. He married, opened his own shop, and invented the grandfather of modern luggage. He worked on his brand, promoting luxury and pushing globalization, until his death on February 27, 1892. He was 70 years old.
The Louis Vuitton brand is valued as one of the most profitable and most widespread brands in the world. The purses we carry represent the best of LV’s modern designs and we’d love for you to come experience them along with us. If you’re interested in selling one of these magnificent pieces, give us a call to set up an appointment. We want to be to represent LV and our customers with authentic bags that are in excellent condition. Encore is proud to carry a brand with such a rich past and deep history behind it.