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History

Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has proposed unique creations of the finest quality.

While adapting its style to embrace the latest innovations, it remains true to the spirit of Louis, its founder and the inventor of the "Art of Travel".



Key dates

Birth of Louis Vuitton in Anchay, a small village in the Jura mountains. At 13, he left his native region, determined to conquer Paris.

Maison Louis Vuitton established with the opening of the box-making and packing workshop at 4, Rue Neuve-des-Capucines. Louis Vuitton registered his first design for a trunk, which he covered in grey Trianon canvas.

The workshops were transferred to Asnières, near Paris. Asnières also became the site of the family home for many subsequent generations.

Creation of Damier canvas. This was the first canvas to feature the Louis Vuitton trademark.

Creation of Monogram canvas by Georges-Louis Vuitton.

Launch of the Tambour fine watch collection with the chronometer-certified LV 277 Chronograph, the first watch inspired by the Louis Vuitton Cup. The collection incorporates the brand's style signatures: the 12 letters of "Louis Vuitton" engraved around the case, next to each hour numeral, the brown dial, the yellow hands echoing the waxed thread used to stitch the company's bags and, for certain models, the V signature.

2008

Inauguration of Ateliers Louis Vuitton in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, a town renowned for its expertise in watchmaking. Some 90% of the parts that are assembled there are Swiss-made, whether movements, cases or hands. Movements are sourced principally from ETA, Dubois-Dépraz, Jaquet and Zenith, a sister-company within the LVMH group which makes the legendary “El Primero” chronograph.

Launch of the Spin Time collection which reveals the time in an unconventional way, on rotating cubes.

2011

LVMH takes over movement-maker La Fabrique du Temps.

2012

LVMH takes over dial-maker Léman Cadrans.

Opening of La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton in Geneva.

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