History & Timeline:
1821 August 21: Burth of Louis Vuitton in the Jura
(French department near the Swiss border)
1854: Louis Vuitton / LV was founded
by the French travel case manufacturer Louis Vuitton
on 4 rue Neuve des Capucines (now rue Capucines) Paris.
1859: Establisment of an Atelier 5very small factory) in Asnières sur Seine
in the north west of Paris.
1867: Louis Vuitton wins a bronze Medaille at the Exposition Universelle.
1871: Louis Vuitton shop moves to 1 rue Scribe.
1873: Georges Vuitton (son of Louis Vuitton) joins the company.
1885: Georges Vuitton opens a store in London.
1889: Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris.
1892: Death of Louis Vuitton - the comany is now in full control of his son Geroeges.
1897: Gaston-Louis Vuitton (son of Georges, grandson of Louis) joins the company.
1914: Opening of the Louis Vuitton store on 70 av des Champs Elysees
(replacing the store on 1 rue Scribe).
Coco Chanel is the marraine of the store opening.
1927: Charles Lindberg buys two Louis Vuitton trunks
after completing his historic trans atlantic flight.
1936: Death of Georges Vuitton (2nd generation).
1946: Reorganisation of the company management
among the great grandchildren of Louis Vuitton.
Jacques-Louis Vuitton in charge of Finance
Henry-Louis Vuitton in charge of Sales
Claude-Louis Vuitton in charge of production.
1954: 100th anniverseray.
The flagship stor moves from the Champs Elysees to Avenue Marceau.
1970: Death of Gaston-Louis Vuitton (3rd generation).
1975: Henry Racamier, husband of Odile Vuitton,
another grandchild of Louis Vuitton becomes president of the company.
At this time the comapny has 2 stores, employs 70 people and
has a turnover of 10 million Francs.
The strategy of Henry Racamier is to open company owned retail stores.
1977: Creation of the holding company Louis Vuitton SA.
1980: October 1, Opening of the Louis Vuitton Store in Duesseldorf, Koenigsallee.
1980: November, Louis Vuitton has his first presence on 5th Avenue corner 57th street.
1981: Opening of the Louis Vuitton Store in Zuerich, Bahnhofstrasse.
1983: Louis Vuitton Cap, a race for yachts hold for the first time.
1984: Mai, Louis Vuitton enters the Paris and New York stockmarket.
1985: Launch of the EPI leather collection.
1987: Merger between Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennesy
creation the LVMH Luxury Conglomerate.
1989: Opening of the Louis Vuitton Musee du Voyage in the former family house.
1989: October 1, Opening of the Louis Vuitton Store in Cologne, facing the Cathedral.
1990: Yves Carcelle becomes new CEO.
1995: Opening of the Paris store in Saint Germain.
1997: Marc Jacobs becomes the first Creative Director.
1998: February, Opening of a Louis Vuitton Mega Store on the Champs Elysees.
1998: March, Opening of the Mega Store on New Bond Street in London.
2001: Launch of Vuitton Jewelry department.
2002: Opening of a new Louis Vuitton store in Brussels.
2002: November, Opening of a new Louis Vuitton store in Florence.
2002: November 15, Opening of a new Louis Vuitton store in Amsterdam.
2004: Opening of the Louis Vuitton store on 5th Avenue New York.
2005: October, Re-opening of the enlarged Louis Vuitton Mega Store in Paris
(101 av des Champs Elysees).
2006: Opening of the Louis Vuitton store in Antwerp.
2006: September, Opening of the store in Budapest.
2009: June, Opening of th Villa Louis Vuitton à Deauville.
2011: September, Re-opening of the enlarged Louis Vuitton Boutique in Milan.
2012: June 29, Opening of the Louis Vuitton Jewler store Paris, 23 place Vendome.
Today the company operates multiple fashion boutiques
in World fashion cities.