Famed for being one of the most recognised luxury brands in the world, Louis Vuitton is synonymous with high-end leather goods, legendary steamer trunks, iconic monogram handbags, sublime watches and jewellery and cutting edge fashion. Louis Vuitton was a French fashion designer and skilled craftsman and he established his eponymous brand in Paris in 1854. Vuitton started his career making trunks for Napoleon III's wife, Empress Eugénie de Montijo, and it was at the age of 33 that he opened his own artisanal workshop at 4 Rue Neuve-des-Capucines. Thus came to fruition the beginnings of his much-lauded brand, Louis Vuitton.

The early years of Louis Vuitton began in an age when steam, boat and horse-drawn carriage were the main methods of travel. Vuitton's skilled craftsmanship in trunk making saw him create groundbreaking flat-topped stackable cases that were both waterproof and light as a feather. To this day, Louis Vuitton trunks, with their monogram logos and revolutionary unpickable spring buckle single lock systems are highly sought after and collectable. When Louis Vuitton died in 1892 his son Georges took the helm and four years later the very first 'LV' monogram, quatrefoil and flower design canvas was launched. That signature monogram design is the one still seen on Louis Vuitton handbags, jewellery and clothing and it remains a symbol of luxury travel, sophistication and style.