American Luxury from Louis Vuitton

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 on “American Luxury from Louis Vuitton

    editor on August 30, 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. ;)

    nick on August 30, 2010 9:43 PM:

    I have a crush on your business partner.

    Billy on August 30, 2010 11:18 PM:

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

    Ted on August 30, 2010 11:33 PM:

    Go Marc!

    Greg on August 30, 2010 11:43 PM:

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

    Raoul Duke on August 31, 2010 12:35 AM:

    I smell a shitstorm a brewin…

    Jake S on August 31, 2010 1:39 AM:

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

    will t on August 31, 2010 2:16 AM:


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

    Maxwell on August 31, 2010 2:25 AM:

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

    Bill on August 31, 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 !?

    Read on August 31, 2010 10:08 AM:

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

    JonIndiaâ„¢ on August 31, 2010 10:52 AM:

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

    kiya on August 31, 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.

    wayne pate on August 31, 2010 12:15 PM:

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

    Dave on August 31, 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.

    KMAN on August 31, 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.

    jimmy on August 31, 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?

    unitedstyle on August 31, 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.

    Pete on August 31, 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.

    zissou on August 31, 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.

    Nicole on September 1, 2010 9:35 AM:

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

    Ted on September 1, 2010 9:25 PM:

    All Vinyl? Where? Canal street?

    Danica on September 1, 2010 10:45 PM:

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

    Ted on September 2, 2010 9:36 AM:

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

    Ms. P & C on September 2, 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.

    kiya on September 2, 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.

    Michael Williams on September 2, 2010 11:26 AM:

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

    Ms. P & C on September 2, 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…

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