Patrick-Louis Vuitton, the great-great-grandson of Louis Vuitton, has died at the age of 68.
The sad news was announced via Instagram on Wednesday, with a representative for the French luxury fashion house sending their condolences to his family.
"It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the passing of Patrick-Louis Vuitton," the post read. "All our thoughts go to his family, in particular, his sons Pierre-Louis and Benoit-Louis who work beside us, as well as his grandchildren."
Patrick-Louis was part of the fifth generation of heirs to Louis Vuitton, and most recently served as head of the Special Orders department in Asnieres, northern France.
He joined the brand at the age of 22 and became the production manager of the luxury leather goods label in 1975. Patrick-Louis went on to open the second Louis Vuitton workshop in 1977 and was in charge of the luggage collection as well as special orders from 1986.
Michael Burke, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, also paid tribute to the skilled craftsman.
"Patrick-Louis possessed an avant-garde and modern spirit, along with a 'strong-tempered personality from the Jura', a reference he often enjoyed using to describe himself. He always knew how to nourish the House's heritage and to give vision for the future," Burke said in a statement. "'Savoir-faire can only exist if it is transmitted...' was one of his favourite expressions. Patrick-Louis will be heavily missed, especially at Asnieres, in the Special Orders workshop, where the emotions of the teams who worked side-by-side with him are deeply felt."
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