Louis Vuitton began manufacturing trunks in Paris in
1854, and the company he started went on to become one of the world's most
famous makers of luxury goods, known especially for its designer luggage
pattern: a beige-on-chestnut monogram, "LV." Vuitton's high-quality
travelling trunks were such a hit that he had to expand his factory within a few
years, relocating to Asniéres in 1860. As the years went by the Vuitton line
gained international recognition, thanks in part to a bronze medal at the 1867
World's Fair and a gold medal at the 1889 World's Fair, both held in Paris.
After Louis died in 1892, his son, Georges, took the company to new heights,
developing what is recognized as the first "designer label" on a
product. (Widespread copying of Vuitton patterns pushed Georges to design the
distinctive "LV" monogram.) Vuitton's luggage company has since become
a world leader in luxury consumer goods, with products that include travel
books, perfume, distilled spirits and designer clothing.