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American Luxury from Louis Vuitton

Aug 30th, 2010 | Categories: Luxury, Made in the USA | by Michael Williams

Yes, you did read that right…American luxury. It seems the esteemed French luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton manufacturers some of the their fine leather goods right here in the USA. My business partner was showing me her beautiful new leather Vuitton bag and right away I said “I think that is made in the U.S.” With a quick check of the label we discovered it is indeed an American made bag. Pretty amazing when you think about it.

Comments: 28

28 Comments to “American Luxury from Louis Vuitton”

  1. editor
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 9:33 PM

    and here i’ve been wasting my time hoping that levis will return to the states, while the french are busy at work in san dimas. ;)

  2. nick
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 9:43 PM

    I have a crush on your business partner.

  3. Billy
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 11:18 PM

    How did you know it was made in the US just by looking at it? That’s so sweet!

  4. Ted
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 11:33 PM

    Go Marc!

  5. Greg
    on Aug 30th, 2010
    @ 11:43 PM

    I echo Billy’s question: what “looks” American made to you?

  6. Raoul Duke
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 12:35 AM

    I smell a shitstorm a brewin…

  7. Jake S
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 1:39 AM

    This is the most exciting thing I’ve seen today.

  8. will t
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 2:16 AM

    Seriously?

    No one who knows how to work for a living would buy a Louis Vuitton bag. Vapid magnet.

  9. Maxwell
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 2:25 AM

    I got a keepall 55 in 2006 from the Chicago LV store. Made in USA.

  10. Bill
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 5:32 AM

    That’s weird ! But I think that louis vuitton products for american market are made in USA because of import tax or the way that american customers are with local productions.
    I don’t know , how can you explain that !?

  11. Read
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 10:08 AM

    Try pronouncing that label with a French accent. Now THAT’s ironic.

  12. JonIndia™
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 10:52 AM

    from what I hear, production in France costs a shit load more than in the USA.

  13. kiya
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 11:31 AM

    This isn’t something new… LV has been producing wallets, bags, totes, and more in the US for years.
    A lot of it is made in San Francisco a few blocks away from my shop at a leather accessory production house that’s been around for about thirty years in the Mission district.

  14. wayne pate
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 12:15 PM

    That lining looks good. Need to see more. Always nice to see American craftsmanship.

  15. Dave
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 1:07 PM

    @Kiya – Yes, and they want it made for less than 1/10 the retail cost…They have a tough time sourcing that stuff bc it’s barely worth it for the manufacturer. Not that most large brands are any better.

  16. KMAN
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 1:46 PM

    Ahhh, I quickly glanced at the picture and thought I saw
    “Louis Vuitton Parts made in U.S.A.”
    Its only a matter of time before they are made in China.

  17. jimmy
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 4:13 PM

    of course made in america symbolizes in this case that they are made cheaper. i thought also they already were made in china, or was that BMW and/or Mercedes Benz?

  18. unitedstyle
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 4:27 PM

    They had a facility in San Dimas (LA area) for quite a while. I remember getting an LV catalog 10 years ago which had a little mini catalog with the US collection.

  19. Pete
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 6:09 PM

    This seems to be a reactionary move by them, calling it American Luxury seems a bit disingenuous. At least it’s an indication of where the market is headed. Thanks for posting.

  20. zissou
    on Aug 31st, 2010
    @ 8:33 PM

    No cost of living raise in 4 years?
    More expensive health care?
    More expensive insurance?
    This is exactly what I need.

  21. Nicole
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 9:35 AM

    Louis Vuitton bags are almost never made from leather. They’re all vinyl. Stop wasting your money.

  22. Ted
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 9:25 PM

    All Vinyl? Where? Canal street?

  23. Danica
    on Sep 1st, 2010
    @ 10:45 PM

    This monogram bag is made from vinyl-coated canvas. The trim is cowhide leather.

  24. Ted
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 9:36 AM

    I was given a mens bag. Leather. But its not monogram series.thanks for the schooling!

  25. Ms. P & C
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 11:04 AM

    As someone who worked for LV’s corporate team for 5 years, yes, a large percentage of the monogram collection sold in the US is made in the US. But no, it’s NOT made in a sweatshop in San Francisco as one commenter asserted. These pieces are made in a Vuitton-owned and operated manufacturing facility in Southern California.

    Special runway pieces, exotics, and fine leathers are still produced in France, Spain, and Italy.

    Don’t freak-out kids.

  26. kiya
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 11:21 AM

    Ms. P & C,

    Please reread my comment.
    I never said it was made in a sweatshop, i said it was made in a leather manufacturing studio near the Mission district of SF.
    I’m sure they paid you quite well to stamp out any “rumors” such as this, but the truth of the matter is that where they produced their products in San Francisco was and is NOT owned by LV.

  27. Michael Williams
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 11:26 AM

    Kiya — play nice. I know Ms. P & C and I also know she doesn’t work for LV (anymore).

  28. Ms. P & C
    on Sep 2nd, 2010
    @ 11:33 AM

    Dear Kiya -

    Actually, no, I was not paid well by LV which is why I ultimately left the company.

    That aside, and “manufacturing studio” or “sweatshop” I would like to see hard proof that this manufacturer was creating authentic products that were then sold in an authentic Vuitton store. Vuitton has a strict policy of owning it’s own production facilities, so from what you’re saying, it doesn’t sound like the real thing… As a San Franciscan, I’d love to promote a local production facility, but if it doesn’t gel, it ain’t aspic.

    But don’t take my word for it. Call 866-VUITTON and ask them yourself!

    More shocking to me is that people are just noticing the “Made in the USA” stamp on LV bags when this has been going on for over a decade. It’s amazing that people will shell out hundreds and thousands of dollars for luxury products and not take a look at where it was made…