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One of Louis Vuitton’s most endearing bag icons, the Monogram Canvas Speedy was the bag everyone wanted when I first started blogging back in 2007 (has it been that long?). I remember receiving loads of emails asking about the Speedy, from the various sizes available to how much it cost. And if I remember correctly, they only had the Speedy back then in either Monogram Canvas or Damier Ebene (Damier Azur hadn’t even come out yet). They didn’t have shoulder slings either (yes, now they do), nor could they have been customised, which is what you can do now if you so choose too.
In other words, because it’s been so, so long since I did anything on the classicSpeedy, consider this post your refresher.
Still available in the same 4 sizes they’ve always had, they are classified by length of the bag, so a Speedy25 for example, measures around 25 cm across. There’s aSpeedy30, a Speedy35 and a Speedy40 as well, which is the biggest in the Speedy family. Any bigger and it would be considered a Keepall, which starts at 45 (Keepall45) all the way to a 60, but that’s a post for another day.
Made almost entirely of coated-canvas with a smidgen of leather where you find its handles, the tab and the trim, it’s also extremely lightweight, virtually indestructible, ages well over time (especially if you are into the whole patina thing on the leather handles) and of course, affordable. Yes, that’s because it is mostly canvas after all, but it is also one of the few designer bags you’ll find in the market today under theSGD1400 mark.
Yes, it’s time for the prices. The Speedy25 is just SGD1300, the Speedy30 is SGD1330. Then we have the Speedy35 at SGD1360 and finally the Speedy40? Just SGD1390. Affordable, right?
And as perfect as the Speedy was, the fans wanted more. They wanted it to come with a shoulder sling as well, and if I’m not wrong, Louis Vuitton launched that in 2011. Known as the Speedy Bandouliere, it also came in the same 4 sizes and are currently priced SGD1880, SGD1910, SGD1940, SGD1970 respectively. Yes, it costs a tad more, but you’re paying for the shoulder sling made entirely of leather, and because it’s even more functional now, it’s ok, right?
After that (or was it before that), the Damier Azur Speedy was launched, which also means that as of today, you can choose from 3 different colours/patterns (Monogram Canvas, Damier Azur and Damier Ebene), 4 sizes and the option of having it with sling or not. Which is definitely more options than what we had back in 2007.
Other updates? The Mini Lin Speedy (fabric instead of canvas) has since been discontinued, there’s now a Speedy Nano (tiny tiny tiny Speedy with a sling) and of course, Mon Monogram, which allows you to customise your Speedy with your own choice of initials and stripes before it is made. There are also seasonal Speedyofferings, like one shown above made specially for S/S16. Not exactly a fan of this one, but since everyone here knows what a Speedy looks like anyway, you know what I mean.
All of this talk of the Speedy is making me nostalgic. I even remember back in the day when I would follow my girlfriend (and by girlfriend I mean a girl who is a friend) to Louis Vuitton countless times before she decided to get one, a Speedy30. I even toyed with the idea of getting a Speedy40 for myself, which I’ve seen some guys rock rather effortlessly. Which brings me to this question. Do any of you out there still use yours? Or are thinking of getting one anytime soon?Handbags
A new bag not presented on the catwalk, introducing the Louis Vuitton St Jacques Tote Bag in Epi Leather.
Fresh with feminine interpretation of the emblematic original, though it cannot substitute the ‘neverfull’, but the St Jacques Tote has its own charisma. It’s the ideal handbag for city wear thanks to the compact dimensions and a well-organized interior.
A distinctive style statement, in colourful shades, designed for versatility, this bag can be worn on your elbow, shoulder or carried by hand. It features wide opening and cowhide Epi leather. The interior is the most interesting part – with 2 compartments, 1 central zipped pocket, 1 flat pocket and a double smartphone pocket. There is enough space to structure all your essentials.
The bag opens and locks with a hook closure and it’s refined with palladium brass accents. Measuring 15’ x 10.6’ x 5.9’ inches (L x H x W), priced at $2350 USD, €1600 euro and £1330 GBP, via Louis Vuitton boutique.
The Louis Vuitton Alma Bag has survived through rain and storm; it has existed since 1930’s and has become one of the house’s iconic, next to the Speedy and Noe Bags.
The Alma Bag reinterpreted, released in the Fall Winter 2014 Collection, we’ve already reviewed this bag extensively, but we want to show you more colors and more options.
The refined style is innovated from the crisscross pattern that lined the Maison’s trunks; it’s named the Malletage leather and is beyond chic. Lithe and soft, the Alma has been reinvented; the timeless style blends a rich heritage and modernization.
Choose red to make a statement, it’s very notable when carried down town. Pick blue as a neutral color and combine it with the best casual outfit in your wardrobe.
Louis Vuitton Malletage Alma BB Bag
Size: 9.1′ x 6.7′ x 4.3′
Price: $3950 USD, €2600 euro, £2230 GBP
Louis Vuitton Malletage Alma PM Bag
Size: 12.2′ x 9.1′ x 5.9′
Price: $4700 USD, €3100 euro, £2660 GBP
Introducing the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Venus Bag. The Venus has also taken its inspiration from the iconic Steamer bag. The bag is made of Monogram Canvas with colored cowhide leather trim, which currently comes in three colors, Black, Cherry and Epice. It features golden metallic pieces and has a padlock. The interior is made of microfiber and has a central zipped compartment and two smartphone pockets. There are also outside front and back pockets. It has a removable shoulder strap. The Venus Bag is an ideal everyday bag with its generous space and numerous pockets.
Style, Price & Size
|Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Venus Bag||$2,490.00 (USD)||14.6″ L x 9.1″ H x 5.5″ W|
Released around June 2014, an accessory that reminds you of the Delightful Bag, the Louis Vuitton Reggia Bag in Damier Canvas. Some say it’s between the Portobello and the Delightful, but one thing I am certain, it’s simple and comfortable.
The Reggia is not only made to look ‘pretty’, its ergonomic design and easy-access interior makes it a suitable everyday bag, especially when you have a busy lifestyle. Some say that it’s better structured than the Delightful handbag.
It comes with an adjustable shoulder strap for shoulder carry or just use the handles. Poised and sophisticated with supple pleats design, featuring red microfiber lining with smooth cowhide leather trimmings, finished with shiny golden brass metallic, it’s a lovely handbag.
The bag opens and closes with a magnetic closure and can store all your daily essentials, it comes with an interior zipped pocket and 2 interior smartphone pockets. Measuring 15 x 11.8 x 6.3 inches, priced at $1650 USD and 1 120,00€Handbags
First the idea was simple – take the classic trunk and shrink it into a shoulder bag. Of course the idea was not only legendary, but it was also mixed with Louis Vuitton’s craftsmanship. The bag represents boldness and stylish statement. The original Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag was launched in the Fall Winter 2014 Collection, it was adorned with the crosses signature of the world traveler Albert Kahn. (p.s. also available in Monogram Canvas, as well as in Epi Leather)
When a bag becomes hot, expand! For the Cruise 2015 Collection, Louis Vuitton took the Petite Malle Shoulder Bag to the next stage. Now instead of mirroring the Maison’s heritage trunkmaking style, the fashion brand literally modernized it. Each side features a strong and bold stick.
And they are getting better and better, for the Spring Summer 2015 Collection, Louis Vuitton announced the new Petite Malle Souple Bag. It’s not easy to carry a boxy and hard bag around your shoulder, so Nicolas designed a new one that is so much softer. Instead of the crosses signature, it comes with a chic tag and its perfect for casual use.
So what do you think?