You see his initials everywhere but how much do you know about the man behind the LV?
Louis Vuitton was born in Cons-le-Sannier, France on August 4, 1821, the son of a carpenter. At age 14 he left his hometown of Anchay, Jura France to move to Paris, a journey of 250 miles that Vuitton completed on foot. Once in Paris he was apprenticed to the malletier Merachal, who made luggage for Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie. The skills Vuitton acquired under Merachal’s teaching would later enable him to go into business for himself and set the stage for the creation of one of the most desired brands in the world. (more…)