When people think of Louis Vuitton bags, they usually think of either the brand's ubiquitous brown and beige monogram, or maybe one of its equally iconic Damier check prints. As with most things, though, the real treasures lie just below the surface, and I'm not talking about all of the smooth leather bags Nicolas Ghesquiere has introduced in his tenure at Vuitton. No, instead, I'm here to heap a little but of much-deserved admiration on Louis Vuitton's Epi Leather.
Epi Leather was introduced in 1985 as the brand's first permanent leather line, and it's been beloved for its durability and vivid color selection ever since. The leather is dyed, printed with Epi's famous three-dimensional wave pattern and then painted with a color-matching top coating, which ensures the colors are especially bright and makes the leather very resistant to water and wear. There's a reason Epi bags are so popular on the resale market: they require very little care to look virtually new for years.
Perhaps best of all, Epi is a little more subtle than the materials normally associated with LV. You still get the brand's incredible craftsmanship and design, but in a slightly more discreet package and without the astronomical prices of Vuitton's more fragile and expensive smooth leathers. For us, that's a win-win. Check out some of our current favorite Epi Leather bags and accessories below.
LOUIS VUITTON CLUNY BB BAG
LOUIS VUITTON EPI ALMA BB BAG
LOUIS VUITTON EPI NEVERFUL MM TOTE
LOUIS VUITTON EPI PETITE NOE BAG
LOUIS VUITTON EPI SOUFFLOT BAG
LOUIS VUITTON EPI ZIPPY WALLET
LOUIS VUITTON LOUISE EPI PM BAG
LOUIS VUITTON PHENIX PM EPI TOTE
LOUIS VUITTON TWIST CHAIN WALLET
LOUIS VUITTON TWIST MM BAG
They’re tiny and a bit pricey; they’re cute and fashionable. Every iconic bag deserves to shrink at house of Louis Vuitton and that includes the Montaigne and Dora Bag.
Sometime ago, we’ve announced the shrinking-evolution of the Louis Vuitton iconic bags like the Noe, Alma, W or the Alma Bag. They’re available in miniature-size – and they’re so cut like little babies.
But here’s the story; Louis Vuitton has made more bags in tiny edition and now the Nano Montaigne and Dora Bag are included in the collection. And besides that, the Nano Alma Bag is even crafted in Epi Leather.
These tiny size handbags are ideal for daily essentials – you know, the thing you need to take when you go out like your smartphone, credit cards and keys. And oh, you want to know in real-life what fits inside this bag. Then read this:
So forget about the Wallet on Chain Bags because these are perfect as well – they’re light-weighed, versatile and also featured with long strap to carry on your shoulder.
So what do you think?
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You know the drill. Man’s wallet falls apart but he refuses to get a new one. The new ones are too expensive, he says. Or they are much too fancy, colleagues will laugh, he says. The new ones can’t hold much either, not like his 10-year-old leather block that’s now bulging at the seams and fraying at the sides, he says, while staring at it ever so lovingly as he clutches it ever so tighter.
So what do you do? You can either pry it from his hands as he lays asleep and change his wallet for him, or show him this post, which should move even the most stubborn of men. From Louis Vuitton’s S/S16 collection, the new Epi Stripes collection is exactly as its name describes, a selection of Epi leather wallets that come emblazoned with red and white stripes along with letters L & V.
Choose from amongst the Multiple Wallet (5 credit card slots, 2 compartments for notes and bills and 2 side slots for other receipts), the Pocket Organiser (3 credit card slots, 5 interior pockets and 1 external pocket) and the Zippy Organiser (12 credit card slots, a zippered coin compartment, two compartments for papers and passport and 1 flat bill compartment), big enough for even the most fussy of men.
Priced at SGD890, SGD570 and SGD1570 respectively, there’s also a Brazza Wallet, your standard long wallet with card slots on one side and a zipped compartment on the other, which means you have up to at least 4 different options to please him. And if it doesn’t work and he insists on keeping his old leather block, at least you’ll know you tried, while you shop at Louis Vuitton for yourself instead. Right?Louis Vuitton News Handbags
There are bags you buy for yourself and there are bags you buy for your mother. TheEpi St Jacques, from Louis Vuitton, is one such latter bag. And fittingly, for those of you old enough to remember, the St Jacques isn’t exactly a new bag because in the 80s when Epi was at its peak within Louis Vuitton, there was already a St Jacques.
The new one is similar, albeit with a few changes. Gone is the top zip closure, as well as its unusually long shoulder handles. And while the old version had sides that finished on an edge, the new one has gently gusseted sides, allowing for that tad more when you have days with more to carry around.
Priced at SGD3200 (the price is rather Mum-friendly too, no?), the 38 cm by 27 cm shoulder tote now comes in a variety of beautiful shades, from a bright purplish pink (Pivoine) to a dusty pink that I adore called Magnolia (shown above). Then there’s a bright blue (Bleuet) as well as your standard Black and White.
Lightweight, functional and with enough curves to make any woman blush, this could be something you (I mean, your Mum) can love for a long time to come, especially with Epi’s legendary ridged leather grain that’s almost indestructible. In other words, it’s also Mummy-proof as well.Handbags