Do you know that in 1836, when Louis Vuitton was just fourteen years old, he took a year long walk to Paris to seek out his fortune. Or that he started his business making traveling trunks. As a matter of fact, he made traveling trunks for Napoleon III, and the logos that he put on his canvas travel trunks, back in 1896, were hand painted and used to defy counterfeiters. But some of the amazing facts, to me, is the age at which this young man started his business.
When i first starting blogging, I wrote a post about Salvatore Ferragamo. I discussed Salvatore leaving home at the tender age of twelve to begin his business, as a shoemaker, that was at age twelve. But, Salvatore must have known by the age of two, that is right twenty-four months old, that he wanted to become a shoemaker. Because at that age he would visit the local shoemaker, in the village, near his home, and watch him make shoes. His parents did not approve of his behavior, and never wanted him to become a shoemaker. You see, back than, in Italy, shoemaking was a lowly profession, or so it seemed. But young Salvatore knew exactly what he wanted to do, and he did just that. Salvatore was a smart man, he could have chosen a different profession. He would, eventually obtaining two college degrees, one was in engineering, but designing shoes was his passion.
During most of Salvatore’s career, Ferragamos were made by hand, the shoes had to fit well and If certainly one of his clients developed corns, or had problems with the shoes he made, Salvatore took it to heart, It disturbed him, and he would correct the problem. Therefore when the customer came back, for the shoes, they were sure to suit comfortably. Customer satisfaction was very important to young Salvatore, this is without doubt one of the the explanation why he was not very fond of mass production, he felt that machines were not able to provide good fitting shoes. Although, later in his career he did use it, but just for a short while and that was after much convincing from his brothers. This must have been true for Louis Vuitton also, because, I don’t think there was much mass producing happening in the 1800’s. Do you?
While doing my research about fashion designers, I’ve found that most of the young European designers have such drive and determination. They seem to know exactly what they want to do, even at a really early age, they do it and they do it well and even after they are long gone, their styles, their names, and their designs live on. I wish I had my mind made up, as to what I wanted to do, at the age of twelve. Surely, this can be different for me now.