DID YOU KNOW ONE OF LOUIS VUITTON’S MOST POPULAR DAY BAGS WAS ACTUALLY DESIGNED FIRST FOR COCO CHANEL?
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.
[Editor's Note: this is a republication of a popular post from 2016. Think of it as PurseBlog Classic!]
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
If you’re a lover of all things quirky and cute then you’ll never ever be disappointed with this Louis Vuitton Nano Alma Bird Bag. A unique and eye-catching version of the Nano Alma in Monogram canvas, this bag is such a stunner with its cool and fun personality!
For the information of all bag enthusiasts, the Nano Alma Bag is the smallest and cutest sized Alma Bag out there! And this time around, people behind Louis Vuitton thought of a way to further add a touch of panache to this petite bag favorite by adding an adorable Bird design!
The Bird design on the other hand is not just any other bird as it is made from classic House details. The head is made from Monogram flowers, while the forehead is adorned with rivets, and the mouth is made from golden V signature! It also has gold colored metallic pieces to perfectly complement the luxurious Monogram canvas.
Measuring18 (H) cm and is priced $1320 USD, €900 euro, £840 GBP, ¥147960 JPY via Louis Vuitton boutiques.
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Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas is one of the most iconic things in all of accessories, right along with Chanel's chain straps or the Hermès Birkin's belted closure. It's become that way for a handful of reasons that aren't hard to figure out: it's distinctive but neutral, and the material itself is well nigh indestructible with normal use. It also helps that it's the default material for some of handbag history's most famous bags, from the Speedy to the Neverfull. What often doesn't get enough credit, though, are the other versatile ways in which the brand uses its most famous resource.
Vuitton's Monogram never entirely dipped out of popular favor, of course, but recently, fashion tastemakers have embraced it in a way they haven't since the mid-2000s. Yesterday, I spotted a photo of former Paris Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld out and about in NYC with some LV monogram, and you really don't get more proof than that of a look's resurgence. Odds are, though, you're already familiar with the most popular ways to incorporate LV monogram into your bag wardrobe, but you might not have seen some of the newer or more fashion-forward ways the brand is using its print under designer Nicolas Ghesquiere. A lot of them are great, though, and they totally deserve some love!
We picked out 12 beyond-the-basics monogram bags we really like, and you can check them all out below.
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Louis Vuitton Alma B'N'B Bag
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Louis Vuitton City Cruiser PM Bag
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Louis Vuitton City Trunk PM Bag
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Louis Vuitton Cluny MM Bag
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Louis Vuitton Flandrin Tote
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Louis Vuitton Mabillon Shoulder Bag
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Louis Vuitton Neonoe Bag
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Louis Vuitton Pallas Tote
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Louis Vuitton Reporter PM Bag
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Louis Vuitton Saint Cloud Shoulder Bag
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Louis Vuitton Tuileries Hobo
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Louis Vuitton Victoire Bag
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There are bags that try as you might, never really become anything more than last season’s forgotten wares. Then there are those that become instant hits the moment they hit the shelves without even a huge publicity campaign behind it. Ones that are fuelled only by the bag’s good looks, functionality and of course, its relative affordability, that’s as rare as a unicorn as far as luxury bags go in the marketplace these days.
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Which brings us to Louis Vuitton’s Pochette Métis, the triple threat entrant to the French luxury house’s family of bags that’s still a hit today even though it has been around since 2013. Measuring just 25 cm by 19 cm, it looks familiar because it was inspired by the Monceau, its stiffer, more severe predecessor. In the Pochette Métis you’ll see the similarities between the two, the briefcase-like style with its front flap, that unmistakable clasp, the top handle but with a more rounded body, and better function. In the Monceau you had a smaller compartment attached to the front of the bag; in the Pochette Metis you have two similarly-sized gusseted compartments with a zip patch pocket at the bag.
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First made available only in Monogram Canvas (which is still highly sought after), the Pochette Métis has since been released in Monogram Empreinteleather (Pink as well as a Dark Blue with red piping), Monogram Infrarouge(that’s red monograms on black coated canvas) and most recently Monogram Reverse, which is the darling of the moment.
Priced from SGD2510 for the one in Monogram Reverse (I’m assuming it is more or less the same for the ones in coated canvas), you could wear it across the body or over the shoulder, remove the sling completely and use a twirled-up scarf as a sling, even wrap the handle with a silk bandeau to give it a completely new look. One bag, many different looks. Which in my books makes it even more desirable than the next.
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The Louis Vuitton Malletage Twist Bag is not a new bag but the new ‘Monogram Flower Malletage’ print is. It’s time to turn your heads and pay close attention to this new Louis Vuitton Flower Malletage Twist Bag as it is the true embodiment of flower power.
For this latest version of the Twist, you can see that it has been transformed into an evening style staple. Made with intricate and delicate embroidery subtly reproducing the Monogram flowers, this bag further adds a touch of femininity on the emblematic Malletage pattern set on a glossy and black patent leather. Because of this style, it results in a lightly padded feel for an even more sensual and appeasing touch.
If you are a true bagaholic, you’ll instantly notice that the thick padded quilting reminds you a little bit of the cannage stitching from Dior. The only difference is that this Louis Vuitton bag has flower and round patterns, like a luxuriously well-decorated quilting.
It features a sliding chain strap with leather shoulder pad for an added sense of ease and comfort for shoulder carrying. With a perfectly black backdrop, the silver color metallic pieces on the other hand made the design stand out. It also features a tone-on-tone edge dyeing.
For compartments, it has an inside pocket and a back zipped pocket to keep your things organized. It measures 11.8” x 9.4” x 4.3” (L x H x W) inches and is priced $4400 USD, €2900 euro, £2700 GBP, €2900 euro, $31500 HKD, $4950 CAD, $5150 AUD, ¥494640 JPY via Louis Vuitton boutiques.
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I’m sure you’re familiar with the Lockit, Louis Vuitton’s relaxed top handle tote that’s great for work or play. Now meet Louis Vuitton’s new bag of the season, the Chain It. At first glance, it’s your usual top handle handbag, complete with a long shoulder sling that allows one to wear it over the shoulder (or across the body). Pretty normal, right? Well, yes, until we get to its nautical-inspired chain.
Featuring a statement chain embellishment that runs the height of the bag, it looks as if the chain is weaved into the leather, an innovative process the design team is pretty chuffed about. Then there’s the lock on the bottom of the chain, which is also the clasp of the bag; you just need to press the sides of the lock to release the flap.
And besides the fact that you can completely remove the shoulder sling (something I really appreciate when it comes to helping the bag be more versatile), you can also retract the top handle, i.e you push it all the way to hide it as much as possible for a completely new look.
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Measuring some 26 cm by 20 cm, the bag comes in Monogram Canvasthat’s topped with a black leather flap (SGD3600), along with something called Epi Jean (which is basically Epi leather made to look like light denim, SGD3950) as well as smooth calf leather in Pistache (SGD4250). Last but not least, there’s the one in Damier Malletage that’s also my personal favourite. Featuring LV’s iconic Damier pattern with a ‘puffed’ leather effect, it’s also the most tactile of the lot. Priced at SGD4750, it’s also the most expensive of the lot, which is also fully understandable because it’s the most exquisite.
Now available at Louis Vuitton boutiques in Singapore, you just need to head down and see if this is the one that you find yourself chained to at the end of the day. Sorry, bad pun, but you know what I mean.
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