What an interesting, Hardworking, and perfectionist individual. I just finished reading about him... This is the short version of it and what I learned.
He always had the “Can-Do attitude /Mentality”. He always worked hard and did his best - NO matter what. His success started when he was coincidentally there at the right time and the right place.
He was born on August 4, 1821, in Anchay, France. His mother passed away at the age of 10 and his father remarried. His stepmother was mean to him, So…On a Spring day on 1835 he decided to run away from home. He traveled for two years almost 300 miles on foot from Anchay, a small mountain town in France, to Paris. It took him three years to get to Paris. He arrived to Paris in 1837 at the age of 16 in the middle of industrial revolution. He then started working for small reputable shop, making boxes and always deliver the highest quality workmanship in to what he made as small job as it was.
When Napoleon Bonaparte assumed the title of Emperor in France, his third wife, was Eugenie de Montijo, a Spanish countess. She heard about the young box maker and chose to hire him as her personal box-maker and packer and put him in charge with "packing the most beautiful clothes in an exquisite way." That is how he got to a class of elite and royal clientele for the rest of his life….He married and later opened his own box making shop in Paris. The sign outside the shop read: "Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions." In 1858, he changed from using leather to gray canvas because canvas is lighter, more durable and does not absorb odors. He came up with the idea to make the new trunks in rectangular shape, which will be convenient for stacking and shipping as the previous trunks were dome-shaped and not easy to stack for shipping. He was always stubborn and had the Can-Do-Myself spirit. He decided to build his own 1st. shop. at 1 Rue Scribe at the heart of Paris.
He continued to create high-quality, luxury luggage, until he died on February 27, 1892, at the age of 70. After his death, due to high workmanship style and quality, his brand was always known as high-quality, luxury luggage.
His name was Louis Vuitton
The original Louis Vuitton store