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date: 17 August 2019

Louis Vuittonlocked

  • M. B. Whitaker


French luxury leather goods and apparel house. Founded in Paris in 1854, Louis Vuitton is known for making fine luggage and trunks using superior materials and impeccable craftsmanship. The signature LV monogram is one of the most widely recognized, coveted and counterfeited symbols in luxury fashion.

Louis Vuitton (b 4 Aug 1821–; d 27 Feb 1892) was a layetier, a workman who specialized in packing. During the 19th century, wealthy Europeans travelled leisurely for months at a time and because of the many obligatory changes of dress, required large clothing wardrobes as well as a means of transporting household and other necessities, such as bedding, tablecloths, umbrellas, rugs, lanterns, telescopes and medicine chests. Because of the daunting nature of packing all these things, accomplished layetiers, such as Vuitton, were treated with much respect. With a peerless reputation and the patronage to match, Vuitton opened up Louis Vuitton Malletier (Louis Vuitton Trunkmaker) in Paris in ...

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