Louis Vuitton History
Louis Vuitton history begins in the middle of the 19th Century. The year was 1854 and Louis Vuitton was about to make history as the world's premiere source for extraordinary luggage, handbags, and accessories.
The Louis Vuitton history is one that is rich with a tradition of excellence and an unwavering dedication to quality. That tradition continues today, kept alive by almost 8,000 dedicated employees, including designers, craftspeople, watchmakers, leather smiths, metal workers, and a variety of other creative visionaries.
Louis Vuitton history has its roots at any extraordinary moment in the past with trains and boats filled to overflowing with travellers. Louis Vuitton, recognized today as the world's leader in fine luggage and leather, has a history that runs parallel to the world's enthusiasm for faraway places and new modes of transportation. Concurrent with the birth Louis Vuitton, history shows that paintings of exotic places were in heavily vogue and tourism literature was expanding, with interest in travel reaching unprecedented levels. The world wanted to travel, and Louis Vuitton began to etch its place in history to meet the needs of explorers, voyagers, and vacationers.
At Louis Vuitton, luggage history was being made as the fledgling business rolled out a new invention — the Louis Vuitton flat trunk. But perhaps more importantly to Louis Vuitton history than the configuration of the flat trunk was its cover — Louis Vuitton's signature grey Trianon canvas. Almost instantly the Trianon became synonymous with gracious travelling and elegant travellers.
In 1872, the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its doors in New York City where visitors oohed and aahed over magnificent fine art pieces they'd never seen before. Art of another kind — the beautiful Louis Vuitton red and gray striped canvas that debuted that year — was also generating oohs and aahs, accompanying stylish tourists on their travels around the world.
Louis Vuitton history had another "first" in 1888. The year that saw the birth of Ukrainian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky, American dramatist Eugene O'Neill, and comedian Groucho Marx, also saw the first ever Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas. Surprisingly contemporary, even today, the Louis Vuitton Damier Canvas pairs a lively geometric pattern with subdued hues. The result is a quiet elegance that has withstood the test of time for three centuries!
As the 19th Century gave way to the 20th, Louis Vuitton made history again and again. And just before the dawn of the new millennium, in 1896, Louis Vuitton introduced the enduring Monogram Canvas.
From the revolutionary flat trunks of 1854 to the never-out-of-fashion Monogram Canvas, Louis Vuitton history in the 19th Century is a mirror of the period's devotion to luxury, elegance, and the very finest in travel accessories. It was a time when quality was king and Louis Vuitton the monarch of fine travel accessories.
Any history is not a thing of the past and Louis Vuitton's is no exception. Theirs is a living, breathing, ongoing phenomenon spanning more than three centuries. Click the links on the left learn about Louis Vuitton history in the 20th Century or the latest history from the 21st Century.
Or if you would prefer to view a "potted" history of Louis Vuitton through the ages via a biography timeline then click the link for the Louis Vuitton Biography.