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All About Louis Vuitton (LV) Speedy, Monogram, Damier Ebene, Damier Azur, Bandouliere, and Other Styles!

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Different Sizes of the Speedy Bag

Louis Vuitton is one of the most influential and largest luxury brands in the world. The Speedy is a classic handbag from the high-fashion brand. Inspired by the soft luggage Keepall, Georges Vuitton created the Speedy bag in the 1930s.

The Speedy handbag comes in a variety of different sizes. Being a French brand, LV Speedy purses are measured by the metrics system. The number behind the Speedy refers to the length of the bag measured at the bottom. Most popular sizes are 25, 30, and 35 centimeters. The 40 cm Speedy is usually used for traveling due to its large size. With the current small bag trend, the Speedy 25 is extremely popular. Recently, LV released the Nano Speedy (16 cm). The smallest addition to the Speedy family is definitely one of the hottest LV bags at the moment. However, go with your heart's desire when deciding on which bag to buy. Ultimately, you are buying a purse to make yourself happy!



Canvas is the signature material for the house of Louis Vuitton. After Louis Vuitton established his brand in Paris, he was the first box maker to use canvas for crafting his hard luggage. Many different canvas prints were developed over the years. Do you know that the monogram print was first invented to deter fakes? Nowadays, the monogram print is by far the most popular canvas print for Louis Vuitton. The iconic Speedy also comes in the monogram. The trims and handles are made with natural cowhide leather that darkens over time with usage. This darkening process is called patina. Considered one of the most classic handbags of all time, the monogram Speedy is definitely a good choice for all handbag lovers.


Damier Ebene and Azur Speedy

Checkered prints are very stylish and a bit more subtle than the monogram print. Nonetheless, it is still iconic Louis Vuitton. The Ebene canvas was actually created before the signature monogram print. Unlike the monogram bags, Ebene canvas Speedy purses are paired with treated brown color leather trims and handles. The brown leather will not change color over time because it is treated leather. This makes the Ebene Speedy a more everyday bag than the monogram one. Rain is not a problem for the Ebene Speedy! You will not see water marks on the leather trims and handles.

The Damier Azur Speedy is a spring or summer purse because it is cream and blue canvas with natural cowhide leather trims and handles. The Azur print was first created in the 1970s. This bag is beautiful but a little bit high maintenance because of the lighter canvas. Dark colored denim might color transfer onto the Azur canvas. So, this bag is not as carefree as other LV canvas bags. However, it is a very beautiful bag that lots of fans love.

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Multicolor Speedy

Marc Jacobs was the creative director for Louis Vuitton from 1997 to 2014. He elevated Louis Vuitton to new heights with his designs and collaborations. With Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton transformed from a family owned fashion brand to an international high-fashion powerhouse. Working with the Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, the multicolor line was born in 2003. Fortunately for Louis Vuitton fans, the Speedy was created in both white and black background canvas with multicolor monogram. The multicolor was paired with natural cowhide leather as trims and handles. The LVs and flowers were printed in 33 colors on the white or black canvas. The color pattern on individual multicolor bags was different due to how the canvas was cut. For example, some bags got more pink and purple colors. Other bags got more blue and green colors. The multicolor Speedy was also a lot more expensive than the standard Speedy. The multicolor Nano Speedy was also released along with the regular sized multicolor Speedy in case you want to buy a smaller bag. If you want any multicolor items right now, you have to go to the pre-loved market. Louis Vuitton discontinued the multicolor line in 2015.


Epi and Empreinte Leather Speedy

Are you not a fan of canvas? Then, full leather is the perfect pick for you. Two of the most popular leather Speedys at LV are Epi and Empreinte. The Epi is made of a more structured and sturdy type of pressed leather. The characteristic look is the horizontal and textured pattern all over the leather. This type of leather is resistant to scratches and water. With no LV logo printed on the leather, this is a very subtle and understated bag. On the other hand, the Empreinte leather is soft and supple leather with LV monogram embossed all over. The Empreinte is more easily recognized by fans as Louis Vuitton.

Bandouliere Speedy

Want a classic Speedy that is more convenient? The bandouliere Speedy was first released in 2011. Now, it is a stable piece along with the classic handheld Speedy. With practicality in mind, this bag is perfect for everyday use. The added shoulder strap makes it more user friendly than the classic Speedy; you can finally be hands free! However, keep in mind that one of these bag will set you back at least $300 more than a regular Speedy.


Limited Edition Watercolor Speedy

The limited edition watercolor Speedy was released in 2008 (35 cm in US and 30 cm in Asia and Hawaii). Marc Jacobs designed this artistic purse together with Richard Prince. The watercolor Speedy comes in the black or white canvas. The white is gorgeous with pastel colored monogram printed all over the canvas. The black one is also pretty and more carefree than the white one. You won't be able to buy the watercolor Speedy at the local Louis Vuitton store anymore; you will have to get it in the pre-loved market. Depending on condition, one of these bags can sell for much more than the original retail price. The watercolor Speedy is definitely a collector's item.


More Limited Editions

Over the many years, Louis Vuitton released many limited editions of the iconic Speedy. The Louis Vuitton store is no longer selling these right now but you can still find it online via private sellers. For those that are not very experienced at identifying the fakes from the real deal, you should not purchase from private online sellers. Go for reputable large online second hand stores that have authenticity guarantee on designer bags. These are better places to find your coveted limited edition LV Speedy.

For those that want to get their limited edition Speedy bags new from the Louis Vuitton store, you can find limited editions from time to time. Since the Speedy is an iconic purse from the high-fashion brand, they are always releasing several limited edition Speedys every year.


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