The history of luxury travel Louis Vuitton
Backed by his experience as being the official trunk-maker in the court of Napoleon III of France, Louis Vuitton opened his first workshop in Paris in 1854. The designer specialized in custom packing and crafted what many consider today, the prototype of modern luggage. Vuitton used canvas instead of traditional leather for the construction of his trunks, which in turn made them lighter, waterproof and more durable. Furthermore, he dismissed the rounded-top trunks of his day and designed luggage with a flat bottom and a flat top, making stackable trunks that changed the way people of the era traveled. Trips by train or steamship, where space was already very limited, was made easier and much more manageable. And with the companys commitment to secure packing, travelers could rest assured that their belongingswhether fashionable or fragilewere safeguarded to the utmost.