Louis Vuitton Savoir Faire – Ateliers de Souliers

A dream. An Icon. A masterpiece. Each Louis Vuitton product is the embodiment of uncompromising quality and exceptional craftsmanship. From the famous Monogram pattern to the astonishing Louis Vuitton diamond cut, the Maison enchants the world with its unique creations since 1854. Today, Louis Vuitton takes you to a journey through a world of luxury, inventiveness and excellence: the world of Louis Vuitton’s savoir-faire.

Seven crafts performed by hands outlined by daylight. They stitch the skin of a Speedy bag with beeswax-coated yarn, hollow a pea jacket at the waistcoat, sheath the trunk case of a Wardrobe with a creaser, smooth a shoe upper to perfection, scour the contours of a Craquantes jewel, coat the arms of a pair of glasses, file the bevels of a Tambour movement.

Gestures speak. Instrument confer. Words are silent. Passion is revealed. Bruno Aveillan brings his artist’s eye to the House’s know-how, passing it on in turn, in his own way.

Ateliers de Souliers / Shoes Workshop

“Fiesso is more than a place, it defines our attachment to memory, to roots. Tradition is unveiled to become modernity,” says Yves Carcelle, the Chief Executive of Louis Vuitton. In this lair of know-how, a new line of activity aimed at “made-to-order” men’s shoes has been taking shape since 2011. From hand-stitched Goodyear to the finish of women’s shoes, obsession with excellence pervades each and every detail – some pairs require up to 250 difference operations.

Following the arrival of Marc Jacobs as Artistic Director and the launch of its men’s and women’s ready-to-wear collections, Louis Vuitton has become one of the world’s leading creators of luxury shoes.

By integrating the design office, production, art gallery and training centre under one roof, Louis Vuitton is signing the manifesto of tradition in progress. Inaugurated in September 2009, the new Fiesso d’Artico plant is the setting for expertise in movement. On the banks of the Brenta, 33 kilometres from Venice, this site is redefining the codes of craftsmanship for the twenty-first century, incorporating the latest technological advances and a unique cosmopolitan view of contemporary art with a collection and special commissions from artists. A new way for Louis Vuitton to reaffirm the exacting standards of a stance that puts creativity at the heart of an industrial project.

Louis Vuitton Ateliers:
> Atelier des Malles / Trunk Workshop
> Atelier de Creation du Prêt-à-Porter / Ready-to-Wear Design Workshop
> Ateliers des Accessoires / Accessories Workshop
> Ateliers de Souliers / Shoes Workshop
> Atelier Horlogers / Watch Workshop
> Atelier Maroquinerie / Leather Goods Workshop
> Atelier de Haute Joaillerie / High Jewelry Workshop

Images via Louis Vuitton