Louis Vuitton ( 4 August 1821 – 27 February 1892) was a French fashion designer and businessman. He was the founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH. Prior to this, he had been appointed as trunk-maker to Empress Eugénie de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III.

In 1854, at age 33, Vuitton married 17-year-old Clemence-Emilie Parriaux. Soon after the marriage, he opened his own box-making and packing workshop in Paris. Outside the shop hung a sign stating "Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions." In 1858, Vuitton introduced his revolutionary stackable and waterproof rectangular shaped trunks at a time when the market had only rounded-top trunks. This demand spurred his expansion into a larger workshop outside of Paris. The original pattern of the shellac embedded canvas was named "Damier".

He designed the current "monogram" pattern because to copy a monogram was illegal.

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