‘Louis Vuitton Manufactures’ presents the leather goods and watchmakers who reinforce its legendary status
Louis Vuitton celebrates its artisans in a new photographic anthology
The artisanal culture of Louis Vuitton is immortalized once and for all in Manufactures Louis Vuitton– a photo book published by Assouline that combines archival and current snapshots from the legendary house’s workshops, illustrating its journey from a local Parisian luggage company to the global luxury icon it is today.
Nicholas Foulkes writes the book’s introduction, offering insight into the brand’s history and celebrating its influence on modern culture. He credits the work of Louis Vuitton artisans with the blood and driving force behind the brand’s immensity and global dominance. Foulkes acknowledges that the groundbreaking pieces dreamed up by Louis Vuitton’s designers could never see the light of day without the knowledge and skills of its craftsmen, and suggests that much of the house’s relevance today is made possible by their tireless work and ingenuity.
Wise words give way to an anthology of images from around the world, where Louis Vuitton’s oeuvre has landed: a perfumery in Grasse, France, where seemingly endless rows of lavender and citrus branches are among the ingredients harvested and distilled for the perfumes of the house. A sunny cattle ranch in Texas, where generations of leatherworkers are called upon to work in the brand’s workshops. The cascading fields of Geneva, Switzerland, where watchmakers have settled to make LV’s iconic timepieces. Louis Vuitton has held firm for generations thanks to its craftsmen, who are as inspired today as Louis Vuitton himself, in their knowledge of how tradition could shape the future.