Everyone knows the name Louis Vuitton, but do you know where the brand was born, when it first entered the luxury market, and who Louis Vuitton really was?
While the iconic Louis Vuitton handbags are consistently cited as being among the best and most highly coveted in the world, there’s a lot that many people don’t know about the Louis Vuitton brand. So, we thought we’d fix that with a little article dedicated to the life, creativity, and success of Louis Vuitton as both an individual and a luxury handbag brand.
Who Are Louis Vuitton?
The Louis Vuitton company is a French fashion brand that is built on its luxury status, with almost 150 years’ worth of history as a creative, revolutionary brand operating specifically in and across the high-end market.
Recognised as the most valuable luxury brand in the world, Louis Vuitton’s company status lists it as part of the LVMH group and uses the LV logo as part of its status and symbol of recognition across virtually all of its products.
Where did Louis Vuitton begin?
Louis Vuitton as a brand was founded in 1854 by a young man with the same name, who started his career in Paris as a trunk maker – working for a Parisian atelier as a valued craftsman, able to turn travellers’ demands and preferences into well-constructed and refined items of luggage.
Seventeen years after starting work as a trunk maker for the atelier, Louis Vuitton branched out on his own, opening his own workshop at 4 Rue Neuve-des-Capucines – a site which has remained a core part of the Vuitton story ever since, tying the history of Louis Vuitton to the present.
Who is Louis Vuitton?
The man behind the brand was, himself, a creative as well as a businessman – able to see a future where his craftsmanship could bestow on him the kind of skill and expertise that would see him able to design and create high-end goods to suit and please a luxury clientele.
Much of this has transferred into the Louis Vuitton company vision and brand that we see today – creating special orders and new products as demand shifts and as trends change across the luxury fashion world.
How has Louis Vuitton changed over the years?
The original motivation and vision of Louis Vuitton were to allow its clients to carry and transport their goods around without damaging them – combining hard shell cases with a single lock system which is recognised even today as being one of the most effective designs and hardware accessories in the world.
Over time, and ever since the inception of the brand in 1854, Louis Vuitton has continued to recognise its strengths and continued to grow and develop the brand in line with what makes its products and its product line better and more sought after among customers. To celebrate the brand’s 100th anniversary, select designers were invited to create their own unique pieces of luggage for a display that embraces Louis Vuitton’s spirit of collaboration and innovation.
Celebrity endorsements and partnerships have also continued to drive the brand forward and have helped Louis Vuitton to appeal to new audiences and find new ways of expressing itself. In 2016 they launched their first fragrance in 70 years, complete with a film commercial starring Emma Stone – while other campaigns have revolved around Sean Connery, Tiger Woods, and Madonna to name just a few.
What types of products does Louis Vuitton produce?
Starting life as a luggage designer and creator, Louis Vuitton is now the umbrella name for a brand that produces fragrances for men and women, jewellery and other accessories, and all manner of bags which range from large tote bags to small handbags, shoulder and clutch bags, and more.
What are Louis Vuitton’s most famous handbags?
Despite operating across such a wide market range, Louis Vuitton, like so many other designer and luxury brands out there, has its own collection of bestsellers and models that are considered the most coveted in and across the market.
These include the sturdy Louis Vuitton Alma bag, the iconic Speedy bag which mimics the shape and style of a travel bag but in a smaller size, and the Pochette Metis crossbody bag which is functional and offers hands-free style for the modern user.
What makes Louis Vuitton so unique in the designer marketplace?
Virtually anyone you ask this question to, whether here at Love Luxury or elsewhere, will tell you that the standout feature of any Louis Vuitton creation is its handmade quality. Not only does this mean that any Louis Vuitton piece is an inevitably high investment and something that will last a lifetime, but the nature of each bag means that every new release and model is exclusive, with limited stock. And as we know, limited stock always drives demand skywards.
The other thing to note about Louis Vuitton, and something which makes it such an in-demand and popular brand in the marketplace, is the way it bridges the gap between tradition and innovation with such grace. Each new release is designed to optimise and make previous releases better, rather than overtake them completely – something which continues to make Louis Vuitton popular with its audience from all generations.
Which celebrities wear Louis Vuitton handbags?
Just some of the celebrities spotted with Louis Vuitton bags on their arm include:
- Selena Gomez
- Victoria Beckham
- David Beckham
Even Audrey Hepburn had a Louis Vuitton of her own back in the day. So, are Louis Vuitton handbags a good investment?
Are Louis Vuitton handbags a good investment?
The short answer to this is yes, provided the Louis Vuitton that you own is kept in excellent condition and is fully authenticated to prove that it is genuine and of real quality. As with any luxury good which is exclusive and limited in its release, the lack of stock available drives demand – with our rarest pieces here at Love Luxury always being among the first to go, collecting huge prices and great profits.
If you own a Louis Vuitton handbag, our team can help you to authenticate and then sell your handbag for an excellent deal – transferring the cash for an agreed sale while you are still in our store for the best possible experience. Find out more about this or browse our collection of Louis Vuitton handbags and other designer bags for sale, by visiting our Knightsbridge boutique or our website.