The Iconic Journey of the Louis Vuitton Trunk

The luggage that lasted 100 years

Though nobody was around to notice it, the world of luxury changed forever on a dingy Paris afternoon in 1837 when a 16-year-old boy, having walked 300 miles from the peasant village of Anchay, signed on as an apprentice in the trunk-making shop of M. Maréchal on the Rue Saint-Honoré. The lad’s name? Louis something. Oh, wait … Louis Vuitton.