Louis Vuitton was a French entrepreneur and designer whose name has become iconic in the fashion world. He was born on August 4, 1821 (Anchay, a small hamlet in eastern France's mountainous, heavily wooded Jura region). Descended from a long-established working-class family, Vuitton's ancestors were joiners, carpenters, farmers and milliners. His father, Xavier Vuitton, was a farmer, and his mother, Coronne Gaillard, was a milliner. When he was only 10 years old, his mother died and his father remarried. As legend has it, Vuitton's new stepmother was as severe and wicked as any fairy-tale Cinderella villain. A stubborn and headstrong child, antagonized by his stepmother and bored by the provincial life in Anchay, Vuitton resolved to run away for the bustling capital of Paris.
- When Napoleon assumed the title of Emperor of the French in 1852, his wife hired Louis Vuitton as her personal box-maker and packer. This provided a gateway for Vuitton to a class of elite and royal clientele who would seek his services for the duration of his life and far beyond, as the Louis Vuitton brand would grow into the world-renowned luxury leather and lifestyle brand it is today.
- In 1854 he got married and founded Louis Vuitton on the Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. He specialised in the craftsmanship of rigid cases and canvas covered wooden steamer trunks.
- In 1858 he designed and manufactured a range of luggage which was flat and not round. This new design could be stacked and therefore took up less room when customers were travelling. During this period horse carriages, trains and boats were the leading method of transport, so Vuitton’s flat designed luggage took off. Craftsmen then begun to imitate Vuitton’s new signature luggage style.
- In 1888: Louis Vuitton went on to create and trademark the Damier Canvas pattern for its range of luggage and trunks. 100 years on from it launch, the Damier Canvas pattern was reintroduced as the Damier Ebène.
- In 1892 Louis Vuitton died and his son Georges Vuitton took over the company, with his vision of making Louis Vuitton a bigger global brand. In order to deter counterfeiters, Georges Vuitton created the iconic LV Monogram Canvas. Typically in a brown colourway with Louis Vuitton’s initials, diamonds, circles and flowers printed on coated canvas
- In the history of Louis Vuitton so far, the brand had focused on its accessory offerings. This all changed in 1997, when Louis Vuitton launched it’s foray into women’s wear with its first ready-to-wear line, as masterminded by the newly appointment creative director Marc Jacobs. Jacobs stayed on as creative director at LV until 2013. Nicolas Ghesquièire succeeded Marc Jacobs as the new creative director of Louis Vuitton.
Now, is a designer crossbody bag as practical as a full-sized, work-friendly tote? Perhaps not. But there’s no law saying you have to make your “investment” bag one that can fit your laptop. And if you are the pragmatic sort, they do tend to be significantly less expensive than their larger counterparts. Lugging around less also means you can have a little more fun with the details (chain straps, tassels, pom poms) without it overwhelming your entire outfit. The crossbody bags can be a part of any outfit. If you are opting for a laid-back look, with jeans and sneakers, you can choose a statement bag. Colors such as red, blue, pink, and green are always the ones that make the statement. So a monochrome outfit can be taken to a whole new level with an attention-grabbing bag. Studded bags are also a great addition to simple outfits.
Cross body bags
- Large crossbody bags are the epitome of comfort and ease. When you have to carry heavy items and you are always on the road, a one shoulder is your ideal choice. These bags are a 24/7 deal for your next trip. If you are planning on a sightseeing trip pair your cross-body bag, with a cotton shirt, a pair of jeans, your most comfortable pair of trainers and a pair of sunglasses. What you are looking for is effortless styling.
- Crossbody bags have become so popular that they are now sold in multiple shapes and styles. There is no rule as to which length should you wear your bag; however, this shorter length is perfect for when you want your bag to be the star of your outfit. Shortening the belt draws full eye attention to your bag when you are wearing a monotone colored outfit. Make sure that the color of your bag matches your shoes and makeup.
- Sometimes you just want to carry your phone, keys and credit card so a mini cross-body bag is what you are looking for. For cocktail parties, clubs and other fun events you want to go hands-free so that you can forget about your bag and delve deep into the conversation with a nice drink.