Monday, January 17, 2011

Louis VuittonTrunk Show

Louis Vuitton Luggage used as a Night Table 
Louis Vuitton history begins in the middle of the 19th Century. The year was 1854 and Louis Vuitton was about to make history as the world's premiere source for extraordinary luggage, handbags, and accessories.
The Louis Vuitton history is one that is rich with a tradition of excellence and an unwavering dedication to quality. That tradition continues today, kept alive by almost 8,000 dedicated employees, including designers, craftspeople, watchmakers, leather smiths, metal workers, and a variety of other creative visionaries. 
Louis Vuitton history has its roots at any extraordinary moment in the past with trains and boats filled to overflowing with travellers. Louis Vuitton, recognized today as the world's leader in fine luggage and leather, has a history that runs parallel to the world's enthusiasm for faraway places and new modes of transportation. Concurrent with the birth Louis Vuitton, history shows that paintings of exotic places were in heavily vogue and tourism literature was expanding, with interest in travel reaching unprecedented levels. The world wanted to travel, and Louis Vuitton began to etch its place in history to meet the needs of explorers, voyagers, and vacationers.
At Louis Vuitton, luggage history was being made as the fledgling business rolled out a new invention — the Louis Vuitton flat trunk. But perhaps more importantly to Louis Vuitton history than the configuration of the flat trunk was its cover — Louis Vuitton's signature grey Trianon canvas. Almost instantly the Trianon became synonymous with gracious traveling and elegant travelers.




                                                    Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks

 Louis Vuitton Steamer Trunk 





 This Antique Louis Vuitton Trunk  1876-1889. Featuring Lock Number 9563 One of the oldest Louis Vuitton trunks made, this trunk is also one of Louis Vuitton’s earliest designs. Created at the beginning of the luxury luggage era, this trunk is outfitted with brass hardware, metal trim, a zinc bottom and beech wood slats. Travel stickers unveil the glamorous past of steam ship travel and adventure in exotic locals. The zinc bottom was a particularly custom feature requested by clients headed to locations such as Africa and the Far East for its superior protection against water and pest damage. The interior has been restored. 


Biography of Louis Vuitton
Louis Vuitton (born, August 4, 1821; died, February 27, 1892), future founder of his eponymous company, was born in Jura, France (now part of the commune of Lavans-sur-Valouse). In 1835, he moved to Paris. The trip from his hometown to Paris was over 400 kilometers (249 mi), and he travelled the distance by foot. On his way there, he picked up a series of odd jobs to pay for his journey. There, he became an apprentice Layetier to prominent households. Because of his well established reputation in his fields, Napoleon III of France appointed Vuitton as Layetier to his wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo. Through his experience with the French aristocracy, he developed expert knowledge of what made a good travelling case. It was then that he began to design his own luggage, setting the foundations for LV Co.
1854 through 1892
Louis Vuitton: Malletier à Paris was founded by Monsieur Vuitton in 1853 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris. In 1858, Monsieur Vuitton introduced his flat-bottom trunks with trianon canvas (they were lightweight and airtight). Before the introduction of Vuitton’s trunks, rounded-top trunks were used, generally to promote water run off, and thus could not be stacked. It was Vuitton’s gray Trianon canvas flat trunk that allowed the ability to stack for ease with voyages. Becoming successful and prestigious, many other luggagemakers began to imitate LV’s style and design.
In 1867, the company participated in the universal exhibition in Paris. To protect against the duplication of his look, he changed the Trianon design to a beige and brown stripes design in 1876.By 1885, the company opened its first store in London, England on Oxford Street. Soon thereafter, due to the continuing imitation of his look, in 1888, the Damier Canvas pattern was created by Louis Vuitton, bearing a logo that reads “marque L. Vuitton déposée,” which translates to “mark L. Vuitton deposited” or, roughly, “L. Vuitton trademark”. In 1892, Louis Vuitton died, and the company’s management passed to his son.