Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or shortened to LV, is a French fashion house and luxury retail company founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. Prior to establishing this brand, Louis Vuitton quickly became a valued craftsman at a famous Parisian atelier. These were the roots of his highly specialized trade; the beginnings of his career in an artisanal industry that called upon skills to custom design boxes and, later, trunks according to clients’ wishes. This visionary man profoundly changed the art of luggage making, and in doing so, changed the notion of travel itself.
Between a craftsman’s exceptional technique, and a designer’s vision and inventiveness, Louis Vuitton offered its expertise to bring elegance and distinctiveness to its creations. A Louis Vuitton piece is not just a product; it is the embodiment of incomparable techniques and refined quality. Each LV item showcases the brand’s signature artistic style and bears witness to the French lifestyle.
The label's LV monogram appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses, books and home décor accessories. Each exquisite product, creates a world of elegance, inspiration and innovation.
Since its creation in 2012, the Louis Vuitton’s home decor line, Objets Nomades, has invited renowned designers to imagine creative, functional and innovative furniture and objects, which are then elegantly crafted using Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire. The unique objects that make up the Louis Vuitton’s home decor collections create the defiantly contemporary visions of creative designers from around the world.
As of today, Louis Vuitton is one of the world's leading international fashion houses which offers its products only in luxury stores and has been named the world's most valuable luxury brand. The company operates in 50 countries with more than 460 stores worldwide. In addition, Louis Vuitton sponsors an art museum and cultural center. The building of this museum, also known as the "Louis Vuitton Foundation" was opened in year 2014 and was designed by the famous architect Frank Gehry.