Portrait of Georges Vuitton in 1901 - 44 years old
Portrait of Georges Vuitton in 1901 - 44 years old

Name: Georges Ferréol Vuitton

Nationality  : French

Father  : Louis Vuitton

Mother  : Clemence Emilie  Parriaux

Children  : Marie Louise, Gaston Louis, Jean, Pierre, Marcel Vuitton

Wife  : Joséphine Patrelle (1863-1964), daughter of the founder of Arôme Patrelle.


If Louis Vuitton built the first stones of the building of the Louis Vuitton company , it is indeed his son Georges, the second generation, who innovated, today made these trunks legendary. He thus created the first modern luxury brand,  sophisticated items  for travel enthusiasts, a global icon. Georges, in the footsteps of his father, craftsman turned entrepreneur, invented a  new code on how to live a luxury experience and make his brand exclusive. 

Portrait of Joséphine Patrelle in 1901 - Georges' wife
Portrait of Joséphine Vuitton (Patrelle) in 1901

Georges was an excellent businessman ! Audacious, which has made the family business a global phenomenon and increased the reputation of the House internationally. He implemented many of the best practices that we consider to be standards for luxury brands today.

But the exclusive experience is not all the success of Maison Louis-Vuitton, the secret of this success also lies in the quality of new creations and constantly renewed innovations. We will try to list you in this article his career but also his creations, the most memorable of which will remain the Monogram canvas.


Born July 13, 1857 in Asnières sur Seine , Georges Ferréol Vuitton is the only son of Louis Vuitton and Clémence-Emile Vuitton. 

Georges Vuitton 1898 - 41 years old
Georges Vuitton 1898 - 41 years old

In  1871  Louis wanted to tackle the international market. He is already 50 years old and cannot do it alone. Preparing Georges to take over, he decides to give him an Anglo-Saxon education . Georges will study for two years in England in Jerseyin a boarding school. His whole life will be marked by this education.


In  1873  Georges began an apprenticeship in Asnières-sur-Seine. As his father is called by the employees " Monsieur Louis ", he will be called " Monsieur Georges". Without great talent in the workshop, George takes the commercial direction, so that his father devotes himself fully to the workshop of Asnières sur Seine for the making of new models of trunk. 


In 1875  George was called up to the army and joined his regiment in Orléans. He would come back a year later.

Georges et Louis - Pose with the craftsmen of the workshops of Asnieres - 1888
Georges et Louis - Pose with the craftsmen of the workshops of Asnieres - 1888

In  1880  Georges married Joséphine Patrelle. Louis Vuitton sells the company to his son, but remains active until his death.  


In  1885 , Georges opened his first boutique outside of France, in London on Oxford Street. Its objective: to make the brand known on the international scene.

canvas checkerboard georges vuitton trunk

1888  the checkered canvasThis canvas is the starting point for the stenciled canvases, light , aesthetic and robust, it covers the trunks of the Maison de Luxe. Louis and Georges decide to thwart the first counterfeits by adopting this new canvas with the inscription "L.Vuitton Trademark of registered trade".

Multigorge lock Patented Georges Vuitton son of Louis


1889  the patented multigorge lock, with a legendary design . It offers a double advantage. A unique design, still used today on new Louis Vuitton trunks. In addition to its aesthetics recognizable by all , the very robust design, is a real asset to protect  the contents of burglars, many at that time. But in addition to being tamper-proof, it offers the possibility of creating as many unique keys asthere are clients. Thus, customers are registered with their unique key number. Key that will be remanufactured in the event of loss, and who opens all of his client's trunks. He is the only trunk maker who had the idea of having locks of such complexity. This service was at the time a real innovation.

Georges Vuitton portrait
Georges Vuitton portrait

1892 , death of Louis Vuitton. Georges has to assume sole responsibility for the management of the family business. 


1893 , just a year after the death of his father, Georges travels to the United States for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The goal is always to conquer the world.

MOnogram canvas Georges Vuitton trunk

1896  the  Monogram canvas . In response to counterfeiters who copy the checkered canvas, but also in  tribute  to his father who died 4 years earlier. George unknowingly invents the canvas that will make the success of the house making it recognizable in the 4 corners of the planet, it is the first time that a designer has placed his brand so prominently on his product. The motif is a repetition of  geometric flowers  accompanied by the letters LV, the design of which is legendary today. Initially the canvas is made of linen woven at the Jaquard looms then glued to the trunks using a mixture of dextrin and rye flour. The canvas will be patented in 1905.


Georges Louis Vuitton automobile trunk

1897  the first prototypes of automobile trunk are presented at trade shows.  Georges Vuitton's innovation is to offer travelers the ability to take to the road with a car capable of carrying the same quantity of cargo as one could embark on a boat or a train. He has created trunks sealed in rain and dust, covered with a sturdy canvas fabric called Vuittonite, the same color as the car body, mostly black. These trunks were  made to measurein order to adapt to the body of the vehicle. The locks of these trunks are the result of his research and patent of 1888. The mechanism is simplified and a dust cover is added to meet these new constraints.

94 / 5000 Résultats de traduction 1901 Steamer bag under the name of the inviolable ("which protects your privacy"), George Vuitton

1901  Steamer bag  under the name of the inviolable ("  which protects your privacy "), it is an extra bag, originally an essential on-board bag for travelers  going on cruises.  


1901  Book: Le Voyage - from the most ancient times to the present day . Georges wrote the first travel book published by Louis-Vuitton. So he started what is now a big part of Monogram House marketing  : travel books.

1898 - Georges and Josephine Vuitton, with their son Gaston and the twins Jean and Pierre
1898 - Georges and Josephine Vuitton, with their son Gaston and the twins Jean and Pierre

1905 invention of the ideal trunk, a true male wardrobe, it was named "Perfect" then "ideal". This is to say the absolute of its concept.


In 1908 Georges Vuitton officially proposed a project for an unsinkable trunk, the Aero trunk, to support the creation of helicopter prototypes by his twin sons Jean and Pierre.

Georges Vuitton portrait flower trunk

1910 - VIP gift, the flower trunks will make the brand even more exclusive. Receiving these gifts was considered an honor, as they were exclusive and could not be purchased. Even today, VIP gifts are part of the commercial strategy of the Luxury House.

Georges Vuitton (72 years old) and Henry Vuitton (18 years old) California 1929
Georges Vuitton (72 years old) and Henry Vuitton (18 years old) California 1929

1914  - The largest travel goods store in the world is inaugurated by Georges Vuitton at 70 Champs-Élysées, This avenue which will become the historic promenade which houses the Arc de Triomphe.


On  October 26, 1936 ,  Georges Ferréol Vuitton  died  at the age of  79  in Asnières-sur-Seine. His wife, Joséphine Vuitton (née Patrelle) survived him for many years, she died much later in 1964 in France. Gaston, the eldest of their sons, taking over when his father died in 1936.

Georges Vuitton portrait Malle Louis Vuitton

Tribute to a genius of commerce , which has defined a true  strat egy luxury.


Like the products created by the brand, Georges Vuitton has  played an essential role  in developing a sustainable mindset around the luxury strategy. He developed a new philosophy which would later be formalized in business schools as a   luxury pricing strategy . A standard set  by the Louis Vuitton brand and still followed by luxury brands today, never cut prices or offer discounts,  never lower quality but rather raise prices as demand increases .


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