Louis Vuitton may well be the most recognized and desired label in the world. Launched in 1854, the French house has become synonymous with its luxury goods and lifestyle. Its signature canvas monogram, introduced in 1896, was actually created to prevent counterfeiting. The famous pattern is now the ideal status symbol. In 1987, Louis Vuitton merged with Moët et Chandon, becoming today’s luxury powerhouse LVMH. A decade later, Marc Jacobs was appointed creative director and created the first ever ready-to-wear collection for the French house. Jacobs injected his personal touch to the label and has collaborated with artists such as Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami to create limited collections. Menswear was finally checked off the to-do list in 2000 under the reign of Jacobs and his studio director Paul Helbers. Louis Vuitton remains one of the largest luxury goods company in the world.