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Louis Vuitton’s great-great-grandson is still making bespoke luggage in the family home


LEFT LUGGAGE: The archive at Asnières includes Vuitton trunks, boxes and cases from almost 160 years of manufacturing.

LOUIS VUITTON means the same thing wherever you are in the world—except in Asnières-sur-Seine in northern France. Here, it just means “the locals.” While it was still a small village by the river, rather than the Parisian suburb it is today, Asnières was the subject of paintings by Seurat and Van Gogh. It was also where, in 1859, the founding family of the luxury luggage–maker decided to open its factory, right next door to the comfortable family villa. It remained the company’s only workshop until 1977.

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