As Louis Vuitton marks its 150th anniversary this year, French journalist Stephanie Bonvicini just published a book retracing the brand’s storied history from the birth of its eponymous founder in 1821 to the present. “Louis Vuitton: A French Saga,” published in Paris by Fayard, documents historic events in the house’s past, including the baggage it made for the French emperor’s wife, Eugenie, its conquest of the U.S. market and the Vuitton family’s much-criticized relationship with the collaborationist Vichy government in World War II. Among the other touchy subjects the unauthorized book examines is luxury mogul Bernard Arnault’s hostile ousting in the late 1980s of then-Vuitton chairman Henry Racamier, who had married into the Vuitton family and engineered the brand’s early global growth.
The Book is available only in French for now.
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