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Louis Vuitton

The story behind iconic luxury brand Louis Vuitton — best known for its esteemed handbags, crossbody bags, leather goods, ready-to-wear clothing and more — is one of craft and innovation in the worlds of fashion, jewelry and furniture.

The company’s modest origins can be traced back to when its founder, Louis Vuitton (1821–92), wishing to free himself from the conventional lifestyle in his provincial French city of Anchay as well as a difficult stepmother, left in the early 1830s to make a new life in Paris. The young Vuitton was 13 at the time and would need to travel on foot to get to the capital, which was hundreds of miles away. With stops along the way to make money so that he could forge ahead, the journey took a couple of years, but reward was close at hand.

When he arrived in Paris, Vuitton made a living with his hands. He toiled as a box maker and packer for more than a decade and built relationships with royals and members of the upper class while working for the empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. In 1854, Vuitton launched his namesake company. The craftsman opened a humble workshop on rue Neuve des Capucines and advertised his services with a small poster that read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.”

Long before his brand would become known globally for its exemplary top-handle bags and stylish totes, Vuitton produced stackable and rectangular trunks. The most common trunks of the era were round, which weren’t ideal for toting and storing. In 1858, Vuitton debuted his lightweight, handcrafted canvas trunks, which were sturdy, rugged and equipped with convenient compartments. Travel’s popularity broadened in the late 19th century, and Vuitton’s trunks could easily be packed into train cars and ships — upright trunks meant hanging wardrobe storage that would allow his clients to transport their sophisticated garments without worry. Demand increased and the company grew. When Louis Vuitton died in 1892, control of the luxury house was passed onto his only son, Georges Vuitton.

In 1914, a Louis Vuitton store opened at 70 Champs-Élysées. The largest travel-goods store in the world at the time, it became the company’s flagship.

The Louis Vuitton brand embodies all the attributes of luxury, from the craftsmanship, exclusivity and relevance to heritage. It’s only appropriate that it boasts one of the most recognizable insignias — the imaginative interlocking of letters and fleurettes — in the fashion world. The famous LV monogram was first used in 1896 as part of an initiative by Georges to prevent counterfeiting of his coveted new line of travel trunks. It’s one of the earliest examples of fashion branding.

The LV monogram would soon appear on everything from bags and various fashion accessories to alligator-skin champagne cases, from stylish apparel and earrings to teddy bears and airplane models.

On 1stDibs, the unmistakable insignia can be found on both modern and vintage Louis Vuitton shoulder bags, suitcases, original 19th-century trunks, jackets and more.

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Find an extraordinary range of authentic Louis Vuitton fashion available on 1stDibs. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of red, orange, blue and other tones. Customers who are interested in this designer might also find the work of Gucci, Hermès, and Christian Dior appealing. On 1stDibs, find haute couture, vintage and designer Louis Vuitton fashion from top boutiques around the world. Louis Vuitton fashion prices can differ depending upon time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $60 and tops out at $360,000, while the average work can sell for $1,344.
Questions About Louis Vuitton
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    The Neverfull MM is one of Louis Vuitton's most popular bags. It is not being discontinued.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    No. VF Corporation, which is based in Denver, Colorado, owns Supreme. A French company called LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton owns Louis Vuitton, with headquarters in Paris, France. As of December 2021, there is no affiliation between the two companies. Shop a large selection of both Supreme and Louis Vuitton apparel on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, nearly all Louis Vuitton bags are genuine leather at least along the handles and trim. The remainder of their coated canvas bags is PVC-coated cotton canvas, but leather is the sole material used to make some Louis Vuitton handbags, wallets and luggage pieces. You’ll find a large selection of Louis Vuitton bags on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Louis Vuitton offers products made of both 100% genuine leather and canvas. Louis Vuitton canvas is known for its durability and is sometimes mistaken for leather. Consult the brands website for information about specific items and their materials. On 1stDibs, find a variety of authentic Louis Vuitton pieces from some of the worlds top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 4, 2022
    Louis Vuitton uses only the finest materials to create its iconic leather handbags and small leather goods. Epi leather, Vachetta, Empreinte leather, Taiga leather, and python, crocodile and ostrich leathers are just some of the materials used in the house’s workshops, which are based in Spain, France and the United States. The iconic Louis Vuitton canvas bags and trunks are made from cotton canvas that’s been treated with a durable derivative of PVC. Shop a collection of Louis Vuitton from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Louis Vuitton makes bags out of a variety of materials. The brand's legendary coated canvas bags feature a layer of cotton fabric coated with PVC and genuine cowhide leather trim. In addition, the brand produces bags entirely out of cowhide, lambskin and exotic leathers like crocodile and snake. Shop a large selection of Louis Vuitton bags on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Louis Vuitton bags are made of genuine leather or canvas. Consult the brand’s website for information on specific products. Find authentic vintage and modern Louis Vuitton bags from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, it is very common for Louis Vuitton items to have upside down LV logos because their leather goods are often made with one continuous piece of leather. Some handbag styles, like the Louis Vuitton Speedy, use one large piece of leather wrapped round the exterior, resulting in upside down LV logos. Shop a wide range of Louis Vuitton garments and handbags on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Any vintage Louis Vuitton item prior to 1982 will not have a serial number. Serial numbers were introduced to Louis Vuitton products in 1982 and discontinued in March 2021 in favor of RFLD chips instead. You’ll find a wide range of Louis Vuitton vintage and modern pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Louis Vuitton is known for luxury products that have been hand-crafted using high-quality materials, including real leather. Recently, the brand has started to explore vegan leather options for certain products as well to support sustainability. Browse a wide range of leather Louis Vuitton bags, shoes and more on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag has a serial number stamped into a leather tag in the bag’s interior. Look for the tag behind the interior pocket of the bag. Shop a collection of expertly authenticated Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    While Louis Vuitton does not offer a leather-goods warranty on its products, repairs are offered free of charge upon assessment. You can fill out a repair request on Louis Vuitton’s website. Find vintage and contemporary Louis Vuitton bags from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can add a strap to your Louis Vuitton Speedy handbag, and the high-fashion retailer offers a variety of colorful designs to give your bag a boost. You’ll find a variety of Louis Vuitton handbags from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few sure-tell signs of authenticity for Louis Vuitton scarves. A Louis Vuitton scarf will have a hang tag attached with cleaning instructions and country of manufacturing. All Louis Vuitton scarves are made with the utmost craftsmanship and silk versions will have hand-rolled hems. On 1stDibs, shop a large collection of authentic Louis Vuitton scarves from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Louis Vuitton does not manufacture their products in China. The brand’s sole workshops are in France, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. Products that claim to be Louis Vuitton but are made in China are likely to be fake. On 1stDibs, you can shop a wide selection of expertly vetted Louis Vuitton products to ensure authenticity.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Louis Vuitton’s leather is sourced worldwide and manufactured in France, Spain and the U.S. The high-fashion retailer has pledged to source responsibly as part of its sustainability program. Find leather looks from Louis Vuitton from top sellers around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The date code on a Louis Vuitton bag is usually located along a seam, either on the interior or exterior of the bag. Look along the edges and undersides of pockets and closely examine any leather tabs on the interior. Date codes may fade over time, so look carefully if your bag is older. On 1stDibs, you can browse a wide collection of expertly vetted authentic Louis Vuitton bags.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Key pouches are one of Louis Vuitton’s most popular small leather goods and restocks are subject to availability both on the brand’s website and through multiple retailers. For physical locations, consult the brand’s website. On 1stDibs, inventory from top-vetted sellers is routinely added. Shop a variety of in-stock Louis Vuitton key pouches and sign up for the mailing list for regular updates on stock.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The best place to fix a Louis Vuitton bag depends on the severity of the damage. Louis Vuitton offers evaluation and repair services for authentic goods. Whether you inquire online or in a physical retail location, a Care Expert can assess the cost of a repair and provide you with a complimentary shipping label. Shop a collection of well-vetted preloved Louis Vuitton items on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    To find the date code on Louis Vuitton handbags, look to the interior. Unlike other luxury brands, Louis Vuitton does not come with authenticity cards but rather a date code stamped in the lining or on a leather tab within an interior pocket. Note, Louis Vuitton did not include date codes in their handbags until 1982 and stopped including date codes as of March 2021. Newer Louis Vuitton items instead have an RFLD chip. On 1stDibs, find a wide range of authentic Louis Vuitton items.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The best Louis Vuitton bag for you to buy will always be a matter of personal needs and preferences. Louis Vuitton offers a wide variety of bags, from spacious Neverfull and Keepall designs, to more compact statement Twist and Boite Chapeau styles, and even more in between. On 1stDibs, find a large collection of authenticated Louis Vuitton bags.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Louis Vuitton bags are so expensive due to their exquisite craftsmanship and durable materials. Additionally, the production of Louis Vuitton products is limited, which also increases the brands prices.
  • 1stDibs ExpertJanuary 4, 2022
    Louis Vuitton products are made in various countries. The luxury brand’s leather goods collection is crafted in workshops located in France, Spain and the United States. Ready-to-wear pieces, footwear and sunglasses are manufactured in France and Italy, while jewelry collections are produced in France, Italy and Switzerland. Timepieces are created exclusively in the Louis Vuitton watchmaking workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. You’ll find a wide range of Louis Vuitton products from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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