Easily one of the most sought-after designers to grace our shelves, Louis Vuitton is the closest fashion equivalent of catnip to the consignment world. As one of the most rare, never-on-sale designers around, nothing gets our phones ringing off the hook quite like the hint of an LV monogram. And as the French fashion house also launches the ‘Celebrating Monogram’ project this year, with contributors ranging from Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld to the red-soled Christian Louboutin, 2015 is rapidly turning into the Year of Vuitton.
In consignment, there is always a story behind our most treasured arrivals. Sometimes consignors are quick to share, revealing an impulsive shopping splurge on holiday, and other times reveal nothing but a mystery. But it got me thinking: What is the story behind Louis Vuitton’s monogram logo? If you’re a geek of fashion facts as much as I try to be, I hope my dabble into the archives adds a thing or two to your own designer dictionary!
As an homage to his father, it was actually Louis Vuitton’s son who first designed the monogram we know today. Forty-two years after the inception of the House of Vuitton in 1854, George Vuitton designed the ever-popular monogram canvas that still lives on. With a combination of flowers and interlocking letters, its Japanese-inspired print is a reflection of late Victorian Age trends.
Every monogram era draws inspiration from a handful of artists around the globe. For the Monogram Multicolore from 2003, Louis Vuitton collaborated with the iconic Japanese neb-pop artist Takashi Murakami to create a 33-color pattern that you can’t miss from a Parisian block away.
With several limited-edition monogram lines ranging from the Monogram Idylle to the impressive twenty-six colors offered in the Monogram Vernis, every piece that comes through our doors gives us a chance to brush up on our French. If you’d like the heads up on new Louis Vuitton arrivals, just give us a call and get set up on our exclusive Wish List!
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