I saw this on the fabulous whowhatwear website the other day and couldn’t resist sharing. A Louis Vuitton trunk has long time been on my wish list. It is the fashion house’s tradition, classicism, and history all melded into a six sided figure; the company’s past, present and future; a symbol of Vuitton’s heritage.
Very much worth the read I’ve brought you the words from the whowhatwear website, entirely credited to the lovely team over there! Five facts about the trunks we all should know:
“1. The company began with just one trunk design.
When Louis Vuitton (the man) founded Louis Vuitton (the brand) in Paris in 1858, it was built on the foundation of one classic traveling trunk, which was introduced that same year and is still available in several styles, ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $40,000.
2. The trunk was meant primarily to be functional.
In the mid-1900s, stylish, upper-class women wore elaborate dresses that often took up a lot of space when travelling. Vuitton’s trunks were notable because they were the first trunks ever introduced that had flat tops and bottoms, making them easily stackable and allowing women to transport more dresses at a time.
3. Even in the 1800s, there were Vuitton knockoffs.
The first Vuitton trunks produced did not have the now-ubiquitous LV monogram canvas we’re all so familiar with; though they were extremely high-quality, they were relatively unremarkable in appearance. In 1872, to combat imitator trunks that were being produced, Vuitton introduced the Rayée print canvas—a striped pattern in red and white.
4. The Vuitton stamp was introduced in 1888.
To further prevent false imitations of his designs, Vuitton started stamping each trunk with marque L. Vuitton depose, which translates to L. Vuitton trademark. Remember, this pre-dates the LV monogram, and aside from the Damier checkerboard print (also introduced in 1888), was the only identifying mark that denoted a trunk as an authentic Louis Vuitton.
5. The monogram was born in 1896.
Louis Vuitton (the man) passed away in 1892, leaving the company to his son, Georges Vuitton. It was the younger Vuitton who created and introduced the now-iconic LV monogram print, which he crafted in 1896 and officially released in 1897. The print is, of course, incredibly prevalent now—it’s the most easily recognizable and widely used of all the fashion house’s canvases”