If you are a fan of designer and high-fashion brands then you must definitely have heard of Louis Vuitton. Here are some amazing facts about Louis Vuitton as a brand and company.
The founder of the brand is named Louis Vuitton and he was born on August 4, 1821. It was first based in Anchay which is located in the eastern area of the country France. Louis Vuitton left the small town after his mother died in order to explore the endless opportunities available in the bigger city. He traveled to Paris on foot and he only stopped occasionally to pick up odd jobs to have enough to push him further. In Paris, he was hired by Romain Marechal. He then spent packing orders and making boxes for seventeen years under his apprenticeship.
Louis Vuitton’s first shop was in Paris in 1854. The first shop was located at number 4 Rue Nueve-des-Capucines. He specialized in creating luggage for people and he advertised himself as an amazing packer of even the most fragile objects. The primary reason why he became such a notable brand is because of his revolutionary contribution to the world of luggage. He created square-shaped luggage which was so much easier to stack and therefore, to pack. There were even luggage options that allowed your clothes to hang upright so that you won’t wrinkle them. His notable creations attracted some very high-end clientele. The most notable clients he had at the time included Empress Eugenie de Montijo, the consort of Emperor Napoleon III.
Most of the Louis Vuitton products of today are adorned by their very famous “LV” monogram. The usage of this logo actually dates back to 1892 when Louis Vuitton died and his son George took over the company. The monogram was created in order to make it easy to locate originals from fakes. Fraud was a very serious problem ever since and this intricate branding clearly sets its products apart from the fake ones. The monogram matches with intricate flower details and it is typically on brown leather.
You might have already heard of the name Harry Houdini. He was a very famous magician with tricks ranging from picking locks to escaping very tricky entrapments. At that time, the company had just patented a very efficient lock system for their luggage. It uses two spring buckles that arrived at a very efficient way of locking and unlocking your luggage. The company was very confident of their unpickable locks that they even publicly challenged Harry Houdini to do so. Unfortunately, there are no existing historical records as to what his response might have been.
The company widened its product range in order to expand and to cater to more people’s needs. They started out from creating luggage and then by 1930, they released their first-ever handbag. 1977 was the year of creating more fashion items such as sneakers and many more.