More and more luxury brands are relocating to China due to low production costs and larger mass production capabilities.
Because of this, many have asked if Louis Vuitton is one of these brands.
One of the most exclusive and prestigious fashion brands in history, Louis Vuitton is known for its exquisite and high-end products that range from leather goods to jewelry, footwear, and ready-to-wear.
With a brand as popular and highly coveted as LV, it’s no surprise that many people would think some of their products are made in China.
But is China the home to Louis Vuitton products?
Is Louis Vuitton Made in China?
The answer to this question is no, Louis Vuitton products are not made in China.
The brand’s official website published a statement that none of their products are manufactured in China, but are made in select and authorized manufacturing facilities in France, Spain, Italy, the United States, and Switzerland.
The truth is that majority of the brands of this world have factories in China.
Why wouldn’t they when the means of mass production is surplus compared to any other place in the world? To give you a perspective of what kind of brands have their products manufactured there, check out the picture below:
As you can see, a lot of brands, even some luxury brands, are there. Having said that, there are a lot of reasons these brands will go the way of China.
China is considered to be one of the few countries in the world with highly skilled workers.
As a result, the manufacturing process there is very efficient and effective. Some factories, for example, specialize in crocheted mink, which is a type of embroidery.
Many luxury brands need and use this regularly. Outsourcing it elsewhere would have meant a lot of overhead costs.
And since China is well known for producing quality items at low prices, most brands (including luxury ones) will prefer to choose China to save costs, while maintaining quality.
2. Superior Organization
One other area that China excels in is how they’re able to organize various regions. There are concentrated regions that specialize in one thing so much so that you’ll hardly find a replica elsewhere in China.
Shenzhen, for instance, is China’s electronics capital. The concentration is so dense you’ll likely find any electronics here that you’ll not find elsewhere.
The same thing with Yiwo, which is majorly dedicated to jewelry fashion. What this means is that sourcing related talents for a specific will be easy and in surplus and can be gathered in one place.
Rising Demand in China
Aside from the enormous workforce, China’s popularity is wealthy enough to afford most luxury brands. As a result, the demand for luxury items from brands like LV continues to increase.
In order for Louis Vuitton to be able to serve the teeming population, the brand may need to relocate its headquarters to the country. This is something that LV isn’t open to, at least for the time being.
Where Louis Vuitton Products are Made
There are about 4000 manufacturing facilities that produce Louis Vuitton products. The country of origin of the brand depends on the product in question.
For leather goods, all of the brand’s products are made in France, Spain, and the United States.
There are 16 Louis Vuitton workshops in France, with the latest one established in 2019 in the Pays de la Loire region of the country. It is a massive 65,000-foot facility that produces many of the brand’s luxurious leather goods.
In Spain, there are 4 leather goods workshops, with each location dedicated to a specific product.
One location produces different types of handbags. And another is dedicated only to cutting and preparing leather to be shipped to different authorized manufacturing facilities for finished products.
In the United States, there are three workshops. These are located in Keene, Texas, Irwindale, California, and San Dimas, California.
United States manufacturing facilities are dedicated to making canvas products, such as LV’s Monogram and Damier prints.
For other products, these are the locations of the different authorized manufacturing facilities:
- Watches are made in La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton in Geneva, Switzerland
- Footwear, ready-to-wear, and sunglasses are made in France and Italy; and
- Jewelry is made in France, Italy, and Switzerland.
While Louis Vuitton products are made in different countries, consumers still place the greatest value on products that are made in France.
Handbags and other goods that have the”Made in France” label are still highly valued than those made in Spain or the US.
However, it is important to note that products made in Spain or the US are not lower in quality, but at par with LV products made in France.
These manufacturing facilities are all in-house of Louis Vuitton and must meet the brand’s highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.
If many people think some Louis Vuitton products are made in China, then they can rest assured that the brand is highly dedicated to maintaining its artisanal and high standards of production.
Relocating its facilities in China will be out of the question since it would demean their image and reputation.