If you survived the logomania of the early 2000s, you know: there's no monogram easier to recognize than Louis Vuitton.
The brand's signature LV has been spotted on bags carried by everyone from Paris Hilton to Angelina Jolie. But there's so much more to the luxury label than its place on the arm of Hollywood's hottest A-listers. In fact, this fashion powerhouse has had a long and fascinating history that has managed to make it a cultural phenomenon time and time again. So read on for a little bit of history and some crazy-cool facts about the luxe brand behind some of your favorite bags.1. The Start
Louis's son George Vuitton created a new type of lock, the tumbler lock.
The father and son were so sure of their lock that they challenged Harry Houdini to a public escape. Sadly, Houdini didn't agree.
The brand's signature monogram canvas debuted in 1896 as a way to fight counterfeits.
In 1914, the largest luggage store in the world was opened by the brand on Champs-Élysées in Paris.
Items are still made by hand in France.
The famous monogram inspired artist Salvador Dalí to create the "Dalígram."
More recently, the brand has teamed up with artists like Takashi Murakami and Stephen Sprouse.
Sex and the City helped instigate a craze for the designer and its knockoffs.
The M and H in LVMH stand for Moët and Hennessy, two popular brands of alcohol.
As of 2013, the brand had been mentioned 19 times in songs by Kanye West.
The head designer for Louis Vuitton is currently Nicolas Ghesquière, who took the helm in 2013.