Handle With Care
A rare look inside Louis Vuitton home and workshops in France
Jul 21, 2013 | 11:14 am
Even though Louis Vuitton is owned by the French conglomerate LVMH, there's still a family feeling at the ancestral home and workshops, where trunks and handbags are made in a village outside of Paris. Come along for a special tour.
Even though French conglomerate LVMH [http: /www.lvmh.com/] owns Louis Vuitton [http://www.louisvuitton.com/front/#/dispatch], the ancestral home and atelier, located just five miles from the center of Paris in Asnières-sur-Seine, retain a family feeling. As he strolls the grounds, Patrick Louis Vuitton, the great-great grandson of the founder, seems proud to show visitors the rarely seen compound. The Art Nouveau family home and workshops, including the area where special orders are made, are normally closed to all but a few exclusive clients But during a weekend called Les Journées Particulières [http://www.lesjourneesparticulieres.com/], the Louis Vuitton private workshops, along with those at other LVMH luxury businesses, were open to the general public — and they showed up in droves. The wait to get into the Vuitton atelier was three hours or more for those who didn't have a reservation. CultureMap finagled a private tour and snapped some exclusive photos. Take a peek inside.
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