Louis Vuitton

  • Time of Birth

    Time of Birth
    Louis Vuitton was born of August 4th, 1821 in Anchay, France.
  • New Mother

    Louis mother passed away when he was just 10 years old but his father soon remarried. It was said that she was an evil stepmother and Vuitton soon decided to runaway to Paris.
  • Paris

    At the age of 13, Vuitton packed his bag, left home, and walked to Paris. He traveled for 2 years walking nearly 292 miles and finding jobs along the way, just to reach Paris.
  • Early Life

    Early Life
    When he was 16 years old, he became an apprentice to Merachal, a luggage maker. He worked for the wife of Napoleon III. The skills that he learned from Merachal are what enabeled him to become as successful as he did.
  • Business Starts

    Business Starts
    Louis opened his first store in Paris, selling high-end luggage. These designs were very efficient for traveling. At the time, luggage was made round topped and unable to be stacked. Louis made his so that they were flat-topped and very efficient for stacking on transportation.
  • Marriage

    He married Emilie Clemence Pariaux at the age of thirty three.
  • New Born

    New Born
    Louis's son Georges was born.
  • Winner

    Vuitton wins a bronze medal for his trunks at the World Fair in Paris.
  • First Trunk Bed

    First Trunk Bed
    He created the first trunk bed for Pierre de Savorgnan de Brazza for an expedition he was doing to Conga.
  • New Marriage

    New Marriage
    Louis married the young Josephine Patrelle.
  • Opening a Store in London

    Opening a Store in London
    Vuitton opened a store in London. It was also very successful.
  • the Damier Design

    the Damier Design
    Louis first introduced this new design, called the Damier design, in 1889. Georges and Louis came up with this new design due to the fact that many designers were copying the traditional striped trunks.
  • Death

    Louis Vuitton died in 1892 and his son Georges took over the company for the next 30 years.
  • Catalog

    The first Louis Vuitton catalog was published and they showed the new Damier trunks. It was also the first showing of soft bags made from canvas.
  • America

    Louis has his first showing at the Chicago Fair in the Americas.