Our vintage Louis Vuitton handbag collection showcases the luxury fashion company’s finest pieces. Founded in Paris in 1854, Louis Vuitton is widely recognised as a ‘class above the rest’ or as some might say the “King of Baggage”. Louis Vuitton started out producing trunks for the elite, at a time when travelling was very much for the upper class. He developed a rectangular trunk (rather than the traditional domed version), which was a lot more stackable and durable for travelling via train or boat.
By 1885, the company opened its first store in Oxford Street in London and soon after, in 1888, the iconic Damier canvas pattern was created. The design, which is as old as the Eiffel Tower itself, was formed due to the on-going plagiarism of Vuitton’s work. The designer’s exceptional articles won him an elite following, with many heads of state placing orders. Following his death in 1892, the management of the company was passed to his son who went on to build the empire as a worldwide corporation. Soon after, the label's signature monogram canvas was produced. The letters “LV” were paired with geometric shapes and it soon became the brand’s most iconic design. It was in 1913 that Louis Vuitton’s largest luxury-baggage store in the world was opened on the Champs-Élysées and many more were set up across the globe, from New York to Beijing.
Thoughout the 1900's bags of all shapes and sizes - that are still popular fashion staples today - were introduced. The so-called “It-Bags” as we now know them. In 1901, the “Steamer bag” was created; a smaller piece designed to be kept inside luggage trunks. The “Keepall bag” was born in 1930 followed by the “Noé bag”, which was originally designed to carry Champagne, and then the cylindrical “Papillon bag” was formed in 1966. Louis Vuitton handbags continue to defy their age, providing a modern accessory for vintage-fashion lovers around the world. The fashion house now has a strong celebrity status under Marc Jacobs. He took over as the house’s creative director in 1997, continuing the brand’s spirit of innovation and collaboration.
Many models, actors and musicians have been the face of the brand including the likes of Angelina Jolie, Madonna, Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lopez. So which Luis Vuitton bag will you choose to wear over your shoulder? View our extensive collection of pre-owned Luis Vuitton bags available here at Open for Vintage.