The famous LOUIS VUITTON clothing store in Rome

Louis Vuitton is a house founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses; it sells its products through standalone boutiques, lease departments in high-end department stores. The company operates in 50 countries with more than 460 stores worldwide.

inside view of the clothing store Louis Vuitton in Rome

The Louis Vuitton label was founded by Vuitton in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. The company participated in the 1867 Universal Exhibition in Paris. By 1885, the company opened its first store in London on Oxford Street. After the death of his father, Georges Vuitton began a campaign to build the company into a worldwide corporation, exhibiting the company’s products at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.


inside view of the clothing store Louis Vuitton in Rome

By 1913, the Louis Vuitton Building opened on the Champs-Elysees. It was the largest travel-goods store in the world at the time. Stores also opened in New York, Bombay, Washington, London, Alexandria, and Buenos Aires as World War I began. Afterwards, in 1930, the Keepall bag was introduced. During 1932, LV introduced the Noé bag. This bag was originally made for champagne vintners to transport bottles. Soon thereafter, the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was introduced (both are still manufactured today). In 1936 Georges Vuitton died, and his son, Gaston-Louis Vuitton, assumed control of the company.

During World War II, Louis Vuitton collaborated with the Nazis during the German occupation of France…

The Fondation Louis Vuitton

inside view of the clothing store Louis Vuitton in Rome

“Created at the initiative of Bernard Arnault by Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton, located in Paris, supports French and international contemporary artistic creation and makes it accessible to as many people as possible.

Opened on Monday, October 20, 2014 by the French President François Hollande and Bernard Arnault, the Fondation Louis Vuitton asserts and continues LVMH and Louis Vuitton’s commitment to sponsoring the arts and culture. It enhances the heritage of Paris with a monument that symbolizes 21st century architecture…” (

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