KCIDigital Archives

The KCI Digital Archives on the KCI website presents image and text information for the objects in the collection, arranged in chronological order.


© The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi Hatakeyama

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Louis Vuitton
Brown coated canvas stencil-printed with monogram pattern; wooden barrel and slats, tanned leather belts, lozine (vulcanized fiber) borders, brass fittings
Inventory Number(s)
AC4778 84-3-34AB

The logo combining the initials of the brand’s founder Louis Vuitton and the monogram canvas with a star and flower motif, which supposedly was inspired by Japanese family crests, are symbols of Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton’s son Georges used the monogram in products for the first time in 1896. The brand Louis Vuitton, which was founded in 1854 as a maker of luggage, was acclaimed for selling flat-topped easily stackable trunks covered in a waterproof canvas. When counterfeits emerged, the checkered pattern Damier canvas inscribed with Louis Vuitton’s name was trademarked in 1888. That was also copied, which led the brand to create its monogram canvas.