Louis Vuitton is one of the most popular luxury brands in the world. However, despite the fact that the brand – and the man behind it – have spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Louis Vuitton. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: Louis Vuitton Left Home When He Was 13 Years Old
Vuitton was born in a small French settlement that mostly featured working-class people. He quickly became bored with his environment and decided to leave home when he was just barely a teenager. He traveled 292 miles to Paris solo. He got to Paris in 1837.
Number Fourteen: He Was the Personal Box-Maker for Napoleon Bonaparte’s Wife
What an honor! Vuitton had become known for his box-making skills and was actually appointed to be the packer and personal box-maker for Bonaparte’s wife, Eugenie de Montijo.
Number Thirteen: His Workshop Was Looted During the Franco-Prussian War
The Franco-Prussian War took place from 1870 to 1871, and during the war, Vuitton’s workshop was unfortunately destroyed. However, this ended up working in his favor as he was able to set up shop in a chicer and more centralized neighborhood of Paris.
Number Twelve: He Worked Until the Day He Died
It’s true! Vuitton died when he was 72 years old, and he continued to work until his death. He subsequently passed his successful business onto his son, Georges Vuitton.
Number Eleven: The World’s Largest Travel Goods Store Is Louis Vuitton’s
The store is located in France’s Champs-Elysees and opened in 1914. Coco Chanel herself even shopped there!
Number Ten: The Brand’s First Creative Director Was Marc Jacobs
Jacobs began working for the house as its creative director in 1997. His job was to help make ready-to-wear collections for both men and women.
Number Nine: It’s the World’s Most Valuable Luxury Brand
As of 2012, Louis Vuitton was the world’s most valuable luxury brand for seven straight years. It was followed by Hermes and Rolex. Stay tuned for part two of our list of 15 things you didn’t know about Louis Vuitton, coming soon!