An Ode to the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag

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For as long as I knew of its existence, I wanted a Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag. At first, I dropped little hints to my mom whenever I could to let her know of my greatest wish. When that didn’t work, I began not-so-subtly begging and pleading. At the time, I already had a small collection of bags–most notably my Dior Saddle Bag–but to me, the Speedy was the holy grail of designer bags. After much convincing, my parents agreed that I could get a Monogram Speedy 25 as my high school graduation gift, and I loved that little bundle of coated canvas like it was my child. I think I used it every day straight for the first year or so that I had it, and I always knew that I would one day own another Speedy.

When I graduated college, I decided to treat myself and purchase a new Speedy bag. My baby was four, and I finally felt ready for a new one. I decided on purchasing the Damier Azur Speedy 30, as it was different enough to justify the purchase beyond just the size upgrade. To me, the Damier Ebene was too similar to my Monogram Speedy since both in the brown family. At the time, I also owned another LV in Damier Ebene and was excited to add a Damier Azur style to my collection.

As an owner of both the Speedy 25 and the Speedy 30, I can hands-down say that every girl who loves bags must own a Speedy. It’s just a given! Not to mention, the brand is consistently releasing styles that reinvent the Speedy, making it feel new again. It’s such an easy style to wear, there are size options for everyone and it truly is iconic. I can definitely see myself owning a third Speedy when the options are just so darn good! Check out some of my top picks below, or shop pre-loved styles via Farfetch and Shopbop.


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10 Things You Might Not Know About Louis Vuitton’s Iconic Handbag History

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Whether or not you like the brand’s ubiquitous logo bags, one thing is inarguable: Louis Vuitton is the biggest handbag brand in the world. Not only does it sit atop luxury industry indexes, but it has a handbag history as long and storied as any in fashion. In fact, that history is one of the things that keeps customers coming back, even with all the options currently available from other brands.

You could spend all day reading about Vuitton’s lineage and changes through the years, but if you want to brush up on fun facts or fill some knowledge gaps, we’ve picked some choice tidbits about the brand’s journey over the years. Check ’em out below.

1. Louis Vuitton’s career started with a journey of nearly 300 miles, on foot.

These days, if you want to design handbags, all you have to do is go to fashion school and then hustle wisely in the industry for a few years. Back in 1834, Louis Vuitton had to hoof it from his hometown of Anchay to Paris on foot in order to get his start. He started his journey at the tender age of 13, and it took him two years to arrive in Paris because he had to stop and work along the way in order to survive.

2. Louis Vuitton, the man, got his big break as the official box-maker and packer of Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Empress Eugenie de Montijo of France.

Box-making and packing were respected professions in mid-19th century Europe, and Vuitton’s appointment in 1853 elevated his profile among Europe’s elite. While under the empress’s employ, he was charged with carefully and beautifully packaging her wardrobe for transportation among the country’s various royal residences.

3. The Alma Bag was created as a special order for Coco Chanel.

She wasn’t the only French icon to influence the creation of a Louis Vuitton bag, but she was the first. Chanel special-ordered a day-sized version of the Alma Voyage for personal use in 1925; the same bag was put into regular production in the 1930s.

4. Audrey Hepburn is responsible for the creation of the Speedy Bag as we know it.

In 1965, Audrey asked Vuitton to turn the popular Keepall travel bag into a miniaturized day bag that she could carry regularly. LV obliged, and it was then turned into a regular-production piece that has since become a signature for the brand.

5. The Noé Bag was developed to hold bottles of Champagne, and it still can.

Many of Louis Vuitton’s innovations were made in response to Very Fancy Problems, and the Noé is chief among them. The world’s first bucket bag was designed to carry five bottles of Champagne: four with their bases down, and then a fifth inverted in the middle. The biggest Noé in LV’s current lineup can still carry that load.

 

6. Both Louis Vuitton’s famous Damier and Monogram prints were created to avoid copycats.

Vuitton’s first trunks were striped, and they were widely copied by less famous Parisian trunk-makers. The check print now known as Damier (which literally translates as “checkerboard”) followed in 1888, but competitors latched onto it, too. Vuitton developed its monogram in 1896 in response to those counterfeiters because it was more detailed and, therefore, harder to imitate with the era’s available technology. Sadly, the same thing cannot be said about 2016. Ironic, huh?

7. Louis Vuitton didn’t get an all-leather bag line until 1985.

Modern handbag shoppers may think of Louis Vuitton as a brand with one of the largest, most diverse product assortments in the entire luxury market, but the brand’s ascendance to that spot happened gradually and over the course of decades. The Epi Leather line, introduced in the mid-80s, was LV’s first permanent collection of leather bags.

8. Louis Vuitton didn’t have a clothing line or creative director until 1997.

Modern consumers think of Louis Vuitton as a full-service fashion brands that makes everything from evening wear to keychains, but for over a century of its history, LV was accessories-only. That changed in 1997, when execs at LVMH (the conglomerate that resulted when Louis Vuitton merged with Moët Hennessy in 1987) hired Marc Jacobs to found the brand’s ready-to-wear collection and oversee the aesthetic evolution of Louis Vuitton as a fashion brand.

9. Louis Vuitton pioneered the artist collaboration, which is now commonplace across fashion.

In 2001, Marc Jacobs brought in world-famous contemporary artist Stephen Sprouse to graffiti-embellish some of the brand’s most iconic monogram bags. The results were incredibly popular, which lead LV to collaborate with artists like Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama and inspired competitors to explore the artist-designed capsule collections as well.

10. Much of Vuitton’s empire is attributable to a technological advance made in 1959.

That year, according to Vogue UK, manufacturers came up with a breakthrough in the coating process that made coated canvas thinner, softer and more pliable. That made the material much more appropriate for use in the manufacture of handbags, which made the LV we know and love today possible.


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The Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Bags May Be My Least Favorite Designer Collab Ever

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First, let me preface this by saying that I really love how Louis Vuitton has evolved under designer Nicolas Ghesquiere. He’s set trends that ended up everywhere (remember last year when button-front, A-line skirts were all over the place?) and expertly modernized Louis Vuitton’s use of monogram, which pulls logo bags everywhere forward. Louis Vuitton is good right now, and that’s good for the handbag industry as a whole. I love recent Louis Vuitton stuff so much that some of you complain about it, assuming the brand must be paying me to say nice things. That’s a concern I understand, because I often think genuine positivity on the Internet reads as advertising too.

With all that in mind, I’d like to tell you how much I really, genuinely dislike the Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons Masters collaboration bags the brand debuted on Wednesday with a star-studded Parisian party at the Louvre. They’re bad. They’re, like, disaster-level bad. They’re bad in a way that feels pointedly contemptuous of Louis Vuitton’s customers. It’s over 24 hours later, and my mind is still boggled that they even exist at all.

It takes quite the effort to take both priceless works of classic art and some of the world’s best, most luxurious leather goods and make both look inexpensive, but that’s what’s going on here. Jeff Koons–a big-money modern artist beloved by uber-wealthy art buyers in spite of the fact that a lot of critics are, to put it diplomatically, not fans of his work–has proved himself the man for the job. He took famous works from five legendary painters–Vincent Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Peter Paul Rubens and Titian–stretched them across Louis Vuitton’s most famous leather goods, like the Speedy, Neverfull and Zippy wallet, and then belabored the point by spelling out the artists’ extremely famous names in giant gold letters across the front. The interiors also include details about the work and artist, which is the only detail I actually like.

In an interview with The New York Times, Vuitton CEO Michael Burke admits he expects some negative reactions to the designs. “I think we’re going to get some pushback. People are going to be upset about the sacred entering the realm of the profane. But we like to do things that can be perceived as politically incorrect. If we are getting flak, we think we are doing something right.” Burke is right about the pushback (you can watch commenters roast the designs in nearly real time on the brand’s Instagram), but he’s wrong about the motivation.

For me, at least, the problem with the designs has nothing to do with the sanctity of art or its old masters–classical art is not something I’ve ever been particularly reverent of, and in general, I love when handbag brands and stars of the art world combine their powers, which is something Louis Vuitton basically invented and usually hits out of the park. Instead, my concern here is what’s been done to the bags. A friend on Twitter mentioned that to her, they looked like the bags you see on carts at the mall that feature bedazzled portraits of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, and she’s exactly right. That doesn’t seem to be the reference Koons was going for here (I doubt he’s been inside a mid-market suburban mall anytime in the last two decades at least, and he doesn’t mention it in any of the press he’s done for the bags that I could find), but instead, it’s the one he accidentally arrives at. That should tell you all you need to know about the quality of the project’s aesthetic impulses.

You can check out a representative sample of the bags and accessories below or get a full view of the collaboration at Louis Vuitton’s website.


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Gucci Embroidered Large Zipped Pouch Clutch Bag 431416 2017

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Gucci Embroidered Large Zipped Pouch Clutch Bag 431416 2017

Size:30*20cm

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Gucci Bamboo Classic leather top handle bag 409398

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Size:27*17*10cm

– Natural cotton linen lining

– Made in Italy

– Bamboo handle and bamboo closure

– Zip pocket, open pocket and snap pocket with mirror case

– On mould construction

– Hand-painted edges

the original gucci bamboo top handle bag made in our natural grain leather.

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LOUIS VUITTON DAMIER COBALT CANVAS DISTRICT PM N44003 2017

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– Damier Cobalt coated canvas
– Cowhide leather trim
– Textile lining
– Silver-color metal and mat blue-color rubber hardware
– Flap closure
– Adjustable and non removable leather shoulder strap
– External open pocket
– 2 internal flat pockets


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LOUIS VUITTON ZIPPY ORGANIZER DAMIER COBALT CANVAS N64014 2017

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– Damier Cobalt coated canvas
– Cowhide leather lining
– Silver-color metal and blue-color rubber hardware
– 12 credit cards slots
– 2 compartments for documents and transport
– Patch pocket for tickets
– Zipped compartment for change
– Space for checkbook and boarding pass
– Pen holder


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CHANEL SILK SQUARE SCARF 2017 SS

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– Silk fabric

– Printed with the plaid pattern all over

– Featuring the CC signature

-110×110cm

– Silk fabric

– Printed with the abstract design

– Featuring the CC signature

-110×110cm

 


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The Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack Has Several New Versions, Including One That Costs $50,000

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Even if you’re not a fan of its casual, sporty aesthetic (personally, I am) or how quickly it’s become a mainstay of LA’s favorite paparazzi targets, there’s no denying it: the Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Backpack has been one of the biggest luxury bags in the world for months now. And when a bag gets that popular, it almost always prompts the brand to release new colors and materials ASAP.

That’s exactly what happened this week with the Palm Springs: not only did brand new patent and crocodile leather options become available, but a couple of Louis Vuitton’s specialty monogram colorways popped up in larger versions of the bag, as well. Check out all the newcomers to the website below, but pay special attention to the black croc–it’s one of Louis Vuitton’s most expensive handbags ever.


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