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Thanks to Louis Vuitton You Can Soon Smell Like Your Handbag

  • Smelling like a suitcase: one version will hint of leather
  • Scents seen adding more than $500 million to annual sales
Louis Vuitton store in Shanghai.
Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

After years of persuading well-heeled shoppers to carry monogrammed luggage and wear luxury clothing, Louis Vuitton is targeting how they smell.

In September, the label, owned by French conglomerate LVMH, will begin stocking its 473 stores with perfumes, including at least one infused with a note of leather. Vuitton has sold fragrances before: An attempt in the 1940s was discontinued and soon forgotten. But this time the trunk maker has developed the range itself, hiring a master perfumer and setting up a fragrance laboratory in France’s lavender-rich Provence region.