Heir to Louis Vuitton empire is burgled with thieves stealing ‘millions of pounds’ worth of watches, jewellery and ‘highly valuable prototype’ bags from apartment in upmarket area of Paris
- Total value of stolen goods is estimated to be worth ‘millions’ of pounds
- Unreleased prototypes of the fashion house’s iconic bags among items stolen
- Benoit-Louis Vuitton is direct descendant of company founder Louis Vuitton
An heir to the Louis Vuitton empire has been burgled at his Parisian apartment, with thieves stealing ‘millions of pounds’ worth of luxury goods.
Benoit-Louis Vuitton, a sixth generation descendant of the iconic fashion house’s founder, was targeted at his home overnight on Sunday in the upmarket seventh arrondissement of the French capital.
The great-great-great-grandson of Louis Vuitton, who works as corporate director of art, culture and patrimony at the eponymous label, said watches, jewellery and unreleased bags were taken.
Heir Benoit-Louis Vuitton attends a dinner party during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 16, 2015
Louis Vuitton is known for its luxurious and expensive leather goods, such as this trunk which goes for around £3,000
The exact value of the pieces taken from the heir’s home close to the Invalides military museum is still being evaluated, but they are believed to be worth several million euros, according to Actu17.
An investigation is underway, the Paris prosecutors’ office said, with the capital’s anti-gang unit handling the case.
The burglary happened overnight Sunday to Monday, when the apartment was empty, it said, adding that some of the bags taken were ‘hugely valuable prototypes’.
Louis Vuitton, who founded his namesake luxury house in 1854 by making luggage, died aged 70 in 1892.
In 1987, the company merged with champagne maker Moet et Chandon and cognac brand Hennessy to create LVMH, which is now the world’s biggest luxury company, grouping 75 brands and employing 175,000 people.
Louis Vuitton bags, with the famous ‘LV’ monogram, are among the world’s most prestigious fashion items and often copied by counterfeiters.
Benoit-Louis Vuitton attends the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Boston Hot Pink Party on April 23, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts, US
The heir’s home is in an exclusive part of Paris that is close to the Invalides military museum, pictured here on October 18, 2022
Last week, fake Louis Vuitton bags were among nearly one million euros’ worth of knock-offs police found in a raid on a clandestine outlet near Paris.
In September, a group of armed robbers stole 300 Louis Vuitton bags from a sub-contractor working for the company, with their retail value estimated at several hundreds of thousands of euros.