Louis Vuitton Brand Overview:
Louis Vuitton handbags are by far the most popular, well known, and ubiquitous designs bags on the market. This also makes them arguably the most replicated brand out there. You simply cannot leave the house without spotting a Louis Vuitton bag or a fake Louis Vuitton bag while out and about. It is simply unbelievable how many of these bags are out there. And, while I personally tend to think the Louis Vuitton replica handbags craze is a touch over-blown (don’t get me wrong, I love LV, but there are other brands too!), it’s super important that you know the subtleties of the brand so that you can spot the duds. Here’s a little overview of ol’ Louis’ rise to fame.
A Louis Vuitton History Lesson
Louis Vuitton’s patented monogram print didn’t just spring up out of nowhere. No, the classic LV print in stunning canvas print is older than your grandparents at 156 years, to be exact. The company founded as a small shop in 1854, and has had many years to imprint itself upon the imagination of the public. In all of those years two things have remained constant – Louis Vuitton’s patented prints and a good sense of high class design.
The young Louis Vuitton was already an experienced Layetier crafting luggage for the Empress of France when he decided to set up shop in Paris on Rue Neuve des Capucines. It was from this tiny shop that he changed the way people saw luggage, changing it from a simple item of function to a means for expressing one’s sense of style. His gorgeous Trianon canvas luggage became an instant sensation amongst the wealthy Parisian fashionistas and paved the way for the advent of Louis Vuitton handbags. And,whether you believe it or not, within a year of creating his first luxury goods copies were already springing up in Paris.
That’s right! It seems that Louis Vuitton replica handbags are almost as old as the originals themselves. Not only were LV designs good enough to last 155 years themselves, but they were the reason for the first fake handbags. And, while most replicas these days are based on the more recent monogram bags, some of those original bags (including the Damier Canvas print from 1888) can still be found in the form of fake Louis Vuitton bags.
Innovation Meets Classic Style: The Louis Vuitton Way
Large part of why Louis Vuitton has been such a successful brand is that they not only stick with what works – they’re classic looks that have lasted more than 100 years – but build upon it. The Trianon canvas luggage was an instant sensation back in 1854, but that didn’t stop LV from introducing the Damier Canvas line in 1888 (a line that is still in print!). The company later introduced its famous Monogram Canvas – a look that has been altered, changed, rearranged, and reinterpreted through the years that followed. For instance, the Monogram Multicolore series that has become incredibly popular in recent years is really just an updated on the classic Monogram Canvas. The Monogram LV signature is now, arguably, the most recognizable feature of Louis Vuitton and Louis Vuitton replica handbags.
What’s Louis Vuitton Doing Now?
Louis Vuitton’s small shop in Paris has become one of the largest luxury goods corporations in the world. In 1987 Louis Vuitton merged with Moet Hennessey (brandy and champagne makers) to form LVMH, a conglomerate that now includes Fendi, Marc Jacobs, TAG Heuer, and more luxury goods subsidiaries.
Meanwhile, the Louis Vuitton brand has become one of the most successful and well known luxury brands in the world (perhaps only Rolex and Tiffany can compete for the title). Handbags have become the calling card for Louis Vuitton, and the company is the undisputed master in this department.
The new breed of Louis Vuitton design has been spearheaded by a young, hip designers by the name of Marc Jacobs. His creative input has lead to collaborations with avant-garde artists Stephan Sprouse and Takashi Murakami and kept the company vital and fresh in the process.
Meanwhile, Louis Vuitton replica designer handbags have become incredibly popular and increasingly well made. Mass-manufactured replica bags from China are now nearly identical to the originals. This means that Louis Vuitton has become a sensation amongst both the rich (who can afford the originals) and the poor (who can afford to look great in replicas). Simply put, Louis Vuitton is everywhere.