6 Things you didn't know about Louis Vuitton and his trunks

Louis Vuitton
30 March 2016

1. On foot to fancy shoes
In the 1830's Louis Vuitton traveled on foot from his hometown to Paris which was more than 400 kilometers away. The journey took him more than two years, taking jobs along the way to earn enough money to eat. At the age of 16 he reached Paris where he was taken in as an apprentice in the workshop of a successful box-maker and packer named Monsieur Marechal. 

2. Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon's wife, Eugenie de Montijo, a Spanish countess hired Louis Vuitton as her personal box-maker and packer and let him pack the most beautiful clothes in an  exquisite way. 

3. The company began with just one trunk design.
When Louis Vuitton founded Louis Vuitton in 1858, it only sold one classic travelling trunk, the Monogram Vanity Trunk. It was introduced that same year and is still available in several different styles. 



4. Primarily functionl 
During this time upper-class women wore dresses that took a lot of space when travelling. The Louis Vuitton trunk became very popular as it was the first trunk ever that had flar tops and bottoms allowing women to pack more take more dresses with them at a time. 

5. Even in the 1800s, there were Louis Vuitton fakes 
The first Louis Vuitton trunks did not have the LV monogram canvas yet. They were extremely high-quality however they were relatively humdrum in appearance as they did not have any pattern. To distinguish the trunks from imitator trunks, Louis Vuitton introduced the Rayée print canvas in 1872 which was a striped pattern in red and white. 

6. The monogram came later 
When Louis Vuitton passed away in 1892 he left the company to his son, Georges Vuitton. Georges Vuitton created the LV monogram print in 1896 and released it in 1897. The now-iconic LV monogram print became really popular and is the most recognisable print of Louis Vuitton's canvases.