Benoit-Louis Vuitton loses “millions”, prototypes of luxury bags during a burglary in Paris

The Parisian home of heir to the Louis Vuitton luxury fashion empire, Benoit-Louis Vuitton, has been robbed and looted for “millions” of luxury goods, including never-before-seen bags, according to French media.

It happened overnight from Sunday to Monday in a chic house in the seventh arrondissement of the French capital, Agence France-Presse reported on Monday, near the Eiffel Tower, the Invalides military museum and Napoleon’s tomb. .

French outlet Actu17 reported that the thieves entered around midnight and stole “bags which are high-value prototypes” as well as watches, jewelry and other goods. No one was home at the time, and Vuitton’s latest Instagram posts were shared from New York.

The Paris gang unit is investigating, authorities say.

Benoit-Louis Vuitton is the sixth-generation grandson of the brand’s namesake founder, who died in 1892. Louis Vuitton is now part of LVMH, based in Paris after the 1987 merger that brought together Louis Vuitton and Moët et Chandon.

The company’s products range from luxury accessories to wine and spirits, media and more.

Benoit-Louis Vuitton would have been stripped of “millions” of luxury goods.
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According to a profile in Prestige, the 45-year-old scion is the company’s director of art, culture and heritage. He previously led the company’s watch and jewelry design.

Louis Vuitton luxury bags are both expensive and iconic, coveted by thieves and counterfeiters.

The wanted products have also been targeted by networks of retail thieves across the United States

Louis Vuitton bags are seen in a showcase of the Louis Vuitton store illuminated for the Christmas and New Year holidays on November 19, 2020 in Paris, France.
Among the items stolen were unseen Louis Vuitton bags.
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Last week, a Washington state teenager was knocked unconscious trying to flee a Louis Vuitton store in Bellevue with stolen handbags worth an estimated $18,000.

Video shows he ran into glass, hit his head and fell flat to the ground before a security guard took control of the scene. His name has not been released because he is underage, but police said they suspected he was part of a criminal retail ring.

In April, a group of masked thieves entered a Louis Vuitton store in Ohio and walked out with more than $100,000 worth of goods within minutes.

Elisha A. Tilghman