Louis Vuitton bags have been inspired by millions and on the other hand, worn by millions as well. Well, we can imagine nothing less from a brand that has achieved such a high symbol status in the world. Probably one of the world’s most conspicuous extravagance marks, Louis Vuitton’s designer range has with a few styles that date back to 100 years. The brand’s iconic handbags are timeless and there’s no monogram easier to recognise than Louis Vuitton.The luxury brand was started by Mr. Louis Vuitton at the young age of 16 in 1854. Little did the teenage lad know that his small business was predestined to flourish and grow into one of the biggest, widely known and leading fashion houses in the world. LV first kicked off it’s collection with trunk-making, and since then, the French fashion connoisseur has diversified into varied ranges of ready-to-wear luxury goods - like shoes, handbags, wallets, watches, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses, books, a writing collection and even garbage bags - for the crazy Louis Vuitton buffs!
From the fashion fads on Instagram to celebrities, all who have used any LV products, swear by the brand. Although, only a handful have extended knowledge about - the brand’s beginnings, and interesting facts on louis vuitton. Here’s brightening up your mood with a few must-know LV facts!
1. LV was a personal box-maker!
In 1852, Louis Vuitton was hired as a personal box-maker for French statesman and military leader, Napoleon's wife - Marie Louise. As he seized the opportunity, his reputation with the elite grew ofcourse. That was the beginning for him to soon make history with his famous Louis Vuitton Luggage and later, the luxury handbags collection.
2. The birth of the ‘monogram’
The brand is known to be very up-close and touchy about its designs. Each piece is crafted with much precision and passion, so much so it’s trademarked striped pattern and color combinations became its signature. Although, the brand’s increasing popularity heightened counterfeits and that’s when to Louis Vuitton’s son, Georges Vuitton came up with the idea of the famous Louis Vuitton Monogram - three floral motifs and the founder’s initials interlaced.
3. Fine testing for the finest bags
All Louis Vuitton products undergo vigorous quality tests. The bags are packed with three and a half kilograms of weight and tested for durability by mechanisms such as- dropping them from about half a meter height consecutively for the duration of four days! For further test of endurance, the material used in the making, undergoes bombardment of ultraviolet rays to ensure resistance to fading. The zippers on the bags are tugged open and shut around 5,000 times to ensure they work well while in the hands of a customer.
4. The largest LV boutique
The largest Louis Vuitton boutique is situated on the 101 avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, France. The luxury store has a 1,800 square meters of space filled with couture, Prêt-à-Porter and accessories. Safe to say, we can coin it as a paradise for luxury women's handbags!
5. Audrey Hepburn’s favorite LV bag
The Speedy bag by LV was launched in 1930. The bag gained worldwide success only in the 1960s, when British film and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn requested a small custom-made Speedy for herself.
6. The Alma Bag by LV
The classic Alma bag is one of the most sought after bags and iconic designs of the fashion house. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, Gabrielle Chanel herself carried an Alma at one point. It was the only LV bag she ever favored, besides her own creations.
7. The real reason why LV bags are so expensive
LV bags are not just waterproof but they are fireproof as well! This certainly makes the LV bags - timeless. What this means is, if you buy a LV bag today, you will be able to use it for another 20 years, at the least. This is one of the reasons why LV bags are so expensive, other than the age old brand name and heritage that it brings.
8. What happens to the bags that don’t sell?
Hold thy breath because this fact is not so easy to digest. After every season, if any of LV products are not sold, they are sent back to its factory in France and are shredded or burnt, in order to sustain an item’s value and class of brand.
9. A rather painful fact :/
You will never find Louis Vuitton on discount. Period.
10. At last, the most shocking fact
99% of Louis Vuitton merchandise in the world is fake. Here’s a tip to know whether your LV bag is real or not - keep an eye out for the handles and piping of the bags. The handles and piping of original LV bags are made of cow-hide leather which is a light tan colour by nature. The edge is dyed red with yellow stitching. After using the bag for a few weeks, the leather handle is supposed to change into darker brown. If it doesn't, then it's a fake.