A tribute to a visionary

Yves Carcelle, pioneer who led Louis Vuitton’s elevation from a trunk maker to the world renowned luxury house, from 1990 to 2012.

Yves Carcelle, CEO Louis Vuitton from 1990 to 2012, was a pioneer and a visionary leader which elevated Louis Vuitton from a trunk maker to a world renowned luxury house. He oversaw the brand’s extension of activities and its worldwide development. Beyond his natural abilities as a team leader and his outstanding results, above all, he perfectly represented the Maison Louis Vuitton.

With a unique sense of strategy and a strong comprehension of the brand, he was behind the house’s important milestones such as the recruitment of Marc Jacobs as Artistic Director, from 1997 to 2013, and collaborations with artists such as Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami.

His temperament was, in many regards, the one of a relentless adventurer; his passion and devotion could only be matched by his sense of detail and obsession for quality in everything he undertook. He embraced life and exuded warmth and enthusiasm with all those surrounding. With a spirit for sailing, he was long-time supporter of the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s cup Challenger series and a true traveller in every sense of the word.

All who have had the chance to collaborate with him, and those currently working at Louis Vuitton today, would like to thank him.

Merci Yves.

Photos : 1 – Yves Carcelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Victor Fraile). 2 – with Nelson Mandela (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Stéphane Muratet). 3 – with Takashi Murakami (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Stéphane Muratet). 4 – with Gong Li (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Mazen Saggar). 5 – with Marc Jacobs. 6 – with Yayoi Kusama (Joe Schildhorn/ 7 – Yves Carcelle at the opening of the Ulaanbaatar store in Mongolia (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Mazen Saggar). 8 – Yves Carcelle with a Mongol child in his arms (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Mazen Saggar). 9 – Yves Carcelle on board of the All4One in Nice, France (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Franck Socha). 10 – with Mr. Adrian Hamilton at the Louis Vuitton Classic Boheme Run (© Louis Vuitton Malletier/ Mazen Saggar).