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Caroline BONGRAND - Louis Vuitton, l’audacieux - A Novel

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Culture / Fashion house - 10/13/21

In October 2021, Louis Vuitton and Editions Gallimard will publish an unprecedented novel about Louis Vuitton, marking the bicentennial of his birth.

At just 14 years old, in clogs and without a penny to his name, he left the family mill to get away from his stepmother. Armed only with determination – and a surname that means “stubborn” in the local Jura dialect – he began an arduous trek
that would lead him to Paris two years later. There, he found work at Maréchal, Faubourg Saint-Honoré’s most prestigious trunkmaker and packer. From then on, Lady Luck would keep smiling on him.

In her lively and entertaining style, Caroline Bongrand traces the ascent of this intrepid young man in a Paris transformed by Baron Haussmann. A virtuoso craftsman and a visionary, Vuitton was the favourite packer and long-standing friend of Eugénie de Montijo, who kept him by her side as she became Empress of France.
In 1854, Vuitton set up his eponymous business, never ceasing to innovate. Buoyed by the splendours of the Second Empire, he designed trunks to protect the most extravagant outfits and survive the farthest-flung travels, turning his own life into the stuff of fiction.

Novelist Caroline Bongrand has written numerous books, including Ce que nous sommes, published by Denoël in 2020, and an essay about issues facing women. She also wrote the screenplay of the 2021 film Eiffel.

An exclusive hardcover edition in French, sold exclusively in Louis Vuitton stores and at louisvuitton.com, will be available for pre-sale from 15th October.
The English version will launch on the 15th November.

French publication date: 15th October 2021
English publication date: 15th November
Size: 140 X 205 mm
Sale price: €50 / 62 USD / 42 GBP

The novel will be published by Éditions Gallimard in the Hors-série Littérature
collection, on 28th October.
Size: 140 X 205 mm
Sale price: €20
Publication date: 28th October 2021

A French-language version of the audiobook Louis Vuitton, l’audacieux read by French actor Isabelle Huppert will be available on Audible from 28th October, with a sneak preview at louisvuitton.com from 15th October. The English-language version, read by American actor Jennifer Connelly, will be available at louisvuitton.com and Audible from 1st December.


Designer: Louis Vuitton

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