The Luxury and Heritage of Louis Vuitton
In the world of luxury goods, the king that sits comfortably upon the throne of quality, innovation, and demand is undisputed: Louis Vuitton. For the past century, Louis Vuitton has become synonymous with luxury goods, with its iconic monogram and initials as some of the most recognizable around the world. Louis Vuitton’s popularity has only grown since its initial founding in the late nineteenth century and has become one of the most valuable and sought-after luxury goods of today. Follow along with Joshua Kodner Galleries for the inside scoop.
The Son of Artisans
Born in eastern France in 1821, Louis Vuitton seemed destined for a life in craftsmanship: his family was filled with artisans and carpenters. Determined to make something of himself, Vuitton embarked on a 200-mile journey to Paris to follow his dreams of being a trunk maker at the young age of sixteen. He began apprenticing for a popular and well-known trunk maker of the time, Monsieur Marechal, and began to cement himself as an expert in craftmanship, trunk making, and packing.
After seventeen years under Marechal’s guidance, Vuitton decided to open his shop. It was here where Vuitton debuted rectangular canvas trunks—a revolution in a time where round-topped trunks reigned supreme. This lightweight design of his monogram allowed the trunks to be stacked, saving space, and allowing luggage to travel more smoothly. Demand soared, and soon Vuitton had to expand its business to 170 workers who handmade each product and luggage.
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A Growing Legacy
In addition to the revolutionary rectangular trunks, Vuitton also designed and patented a single lock system with two spring buckles, as well as pick-proof locks. He also trademarked his beige and brown stripe design to avoid duplication and add an authentic flair to his work. When Louis died in 1892, his company and trademarks were passed down to his son George, who was insistent on cultivating his father’s legacy.
George created the iconic monogram LV and began touring and selling his pieces across America. By 1945, the company began to diversify its inventory with wallets, purses, and other leather accessories and began to open stores across the world. The company continued to chase innovation, opting to redesign its monogram in 1959, allowing for smaller products.
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Louis Vuitton, A Luxury Star
By the 1970s, Louis Vuitton had soared in popularity, well-known for their unbeatable handmade quality and design. This led to the collaboration of the iconic brand with other luxury goods such as Hennessy and Moet & Chandon, forming a luxury conglomerate called LVMH by 1987—a huge milestone that paved the way for the luxury leather goods company to expand into a fashion house. In 1997, Louis Vuitton hired its first-ever Creative Director, Marc Jacobs, who opted to create jewelry and watch lines and secured high-profile models such as Madonna, David Bowie, and Gisele Bündchen.
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Popular and Valuable Beyond Belief
Since the founding of the company in the 1880s, Louis Vuitton has only increased in price and grown in value. The company focuses heavily on quality, and each one of its products is made by hand using only the highest quality leather. This allows significant longevity to each accessory made, as they are guaranteed to last.
This unbeatable quality, as well as the company’s reputation, are responsible for the high value of LV products—new and used. Each year, the prices and values of Louis Vuitton goods have gone up and continue to do so annually. This makes vintage LV goods worth a high price.
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Buying or Selling Louis Vuitton at an Auction House
If you’re considering selling your vintage Louis Vuitton goods, or are interested in purchasing some, a popular option is through a reputable auction house.
With a highly trained team and years of familial experience, auction houses like Joshua Kodner guarantee authenticity at a great price. You can be assured that every item is genuine and worthy of purchase at Joshua Kodner. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please visit our contact page. For the latest news and trends, be sure to check out our blog.
Featured Image Credit: Louis Vuitton ad on a Bayard-Clément truck (1906). Collection Jules Beau. Public Domain