Louis Vuitton quickly found his way in this craft and built a name for himself as a master trunk maker. At Monsieur Maréchal he developed his skills and then set off on career as a skillful artisan that was frequently called upon to custom design trunks according to clients' wishes.
The last Empress Consort of the French, the wife of self-proclaimed Emperor Napoleon III, adopted a few habits of the French nobility. One of these was to acquire a personal travel trunk maker and packer. This fairly odd-seeming choice was not completely out of context, considering that today's common place suitcase was not at all a typical item in most households in the 19th century. The man Empress Eugénie de Montijo chose for the task was designer Louis Vuitton.
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