Founded in 1854, Louis Vuitton is one of the world's leading international luxury houses. Created by its namesake founder as a luxury luggage purveyor, Louis Vuitton launched its famous monogram canvas in 1896 in an effort to distance itself from its imitators. By 1913, Louis Vuitton had established itself on Paris' Champs Elysees where its flagship still stands today. Merging with champagne and cognac manufacturer Moet-Hennessy in 1987, LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton is today the world's biggest luxury group.
In 1997, Louis Vuitton appointed American fashion designer Marc Jacobs as its artistic director. In establishing its ready-to-wear and overseeing its hugely successful range of accessories, Jacobs has initiated a number of collaborations with artists including Richard Prince, Takeshi Murakami, Julie Verhoeven and Stephen Sprouse in keeping with the company's own involvements with supporting and funding the arts.