At 13 years of age, Louis Vuitton Malletier left the rural town of Anchay and made his way, by foot, to Paris, finding work and food along the way (it took him three years). After apprenticing with a box maker and packer (yes, it was a thing, back then), Vuitton managed to land the job of packer and box maker to the Empress of France, and the rest is pretty much history. In 1858, Vuitton introduced a rectangular trunk made from lightweight canvas (more durable and lighter than leather), which revolutionized the art of packing.

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