Louis Vuitton Malletier, commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or shortened to LV, is a French fashion house and luxury retail company founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. The label's LV monogram appears on most of its products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses and books. Louis Vuitton is one of the world's leading international fashion houses.
It is now one part of "LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE" (LVMH), a French multinational luxury goods conglomerate.
The book Louis Vuitton, A French Saga, stated that members of the Vuitton family actively aided the government led by Philippe Pétain and increased their wealth from their business affairs with the Germans. Responding to the book's release in 2004, a spokesman for LVMH said: "This is ancient history. The book covers a period when it was family-run and long before it became part of LVMH. We are diverse, tolerant and all the things a modern company should be."