Louis Vuitton is one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, thanks to its iconic Monogram pattern. According to Forbes, LV was the most valuable luxury brand of 2015. At PORTERO you will find authentic pristine and pre-owned Louis Vuitton bags and accessories, at up to 75% off retail.
Learn about the history of this classic brand in this brief infographic, or dig deeper into the story of this French maison by scrolling through the timeline.
1837. 16 year-old Louis Vuitton arrives in Paris, by foot, and becomes the apprentice of trunkmaker Monsieur Maréchal.
1854. Louis Vuitton opens his own shop at N°4 Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France.
1858. Louis Vuitton introduces trunks in gray trianon canvas and flat top and bottom, making them the first stackable trunks.
1859. Louis Vuitton establishes an atelier in Asnières sur Seine, where it still stands today as a factory, museum, and family home.
1867. Louis Vuitton wins a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle, in Paris.
1871. The shop moves to 1 rue Scribe.
1873. Louis Vuitton’s son, Georges Vuitton, joins the company.
1876. To avoid counterfeits and replicas, Vuitton changes the trianon canvas pattern to a beige and brown striped design, known as the Rayée Canvas.
1888. No matter his efforts, counterfeit Vuitton trunks was a big issue, and so the Damier canvas pattern is introduced and trademarked.
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1889. Louis Vuitton wins a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle.
1892. Louis Vuitton dies.
1896. The Monogram Canvas is introduced, taking inspiration from the popular Oriental designs that were in vogue during the Victorian era.
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1897. Georges’ son, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, joins the company.
1914. The Louis Vuitton store at 70 Avenue des Champs-Élysées opens its doors, replacing the store at 1 Rue Scribe.
1930. The Keepall makes its debut.
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1930s. Georges decides to make a smaller version of the Keepall, and the Speedy is born.
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1932. A champagne producer needs a bag able to hold five bottles of champagne, and Louis Vuitton creates the Noé.
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1934. Inspired by the Art Deco movement, the Squire bag is created. Today, the Squire is known as the Alma, after Place de L’Alma, a square in Paris.
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1936. Georges Vuitton dies.
1954. In honor of Louis Vuitton’s 100th anniversary, the flagship store moves from the Champs-Élysées to AvenueMarceau.
1970. The third generation Vuitton owner, Gaston Vuitton, dies.
1985. Launch of the Epi Leather collection.
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1997. Marc Jacobs becomes Louis Vuitton’s first creative director, designing the company’s very first prêt-à-portercollection.
1998. Opening of Louis Vuitton store on the Champs-Élysées.
2001. Launch of Louis Vuitton jewelry.
2003. Louis Vuitton collaborates with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, creating the Multicolore Monogram.
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2006. Launch of the Monogram Mini Lin and Damier Azur lines.
2008. Launch of the Graphite Damier and Sofia Coppola Collections.
2007. The popular Neverfull tote enters the market.
Louis Vuitton Cyan Turquoise Blue Epi Neverfull MM $1,499. Louis Vuitton Monogram Rose Velours Ikat Neverfull MM $2,750. Louis Vuitton Red Monogram Kusama Waves Neverfull MM$3,100. Louis Vuitton Green Monogram Graffiti Neverfull GM $3,200.
2013. Nicolas Ghesquière replaces Marc Jacobs as Artistic Director.
2013. The Louis Vuitton Capucines is introduced.
2014. The Petit Malle is unveiled.