Across the centuries, Louis Vuitton has continued to meet the challenges presented by new forms of transport; and today, continues to research the new demands presented by travel, crafting increasingly light-weight luggage that is functional, flexible and still robust enough to withstand the rigors of movement around the world.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Louis Vuitton began his career as French Empress Eugenie’s favourite “emballeur” (i.e. expert in the art of packing).
Louis Vuitton Key Dates
1821 – Birth of Louis Vuitton.
1854 – Company founded and first store opened in Paris.
1872 – Introduction of striped canvas.
1888 – Introduction of Damier canvas.
1890 – Louis’ son, George, patents his design for the “unpickable lock”.
1896 – Introduction of Monogram canvas, ironically, launched to stop copy cats.
1914 – Opening of LV flagship store on the Champs-Elysees, Paris.
1930 – Creating of the “Keepall Bag”; most legendary of all LV travel bags.
1983 – Louis Vuitton opens its first Canadian standalone store on Bloor Street.
1985 – Epi leather line launched.
1989 – LV opens a boutique within Ogilvy department store, Montreal.
1997 – Marc Jacobs appointed as Artistic Director.
2001- Launch of Monogram Graffiti line, in collaboration with American artist Stephen Sprouse.
2003 – Launch of multi-colour line, in collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami.
2008 – Launch of Monogramoflage line by LV/Murakami, limited edition.
2010 – Louis Vuitton designs a truck to hold the FIFA World Cup trophy.
2018 – 35th anniversary of Louis Vuitton in Canada!
Source: Louis Vuitton, Time Capsule Exhibition Toronto brochure (Sept. 2018)