Louis Vuitton

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)