Since 1854 Louis Vuitton bags have been the definition of luxury. First established as a luggage business in Paris by the namesake designer when he was a mere 16 years old, it was Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife Empress Eugénie de Montijo that became his designer’s first celebrity client. Ever since Louis Vuitton’s bags have collected famous fans like Hollywood’s Walk of Fame has collected stars – think Selena Gomez, Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker and Naomi Campbell and many, many more.
Dior may have its ‘New Look’ and Chanel its cardigan, but Louis Vuitton is not without its calling card either. It’s impossible to think of the letters ‘L’ and ‘V’ without summoning up the interlocking logo of the French fashion house that’s recently appointed Kanye-collaborated Virgil Abloh as menswear artistic director. First created in 1896 by the Vuitton’s son, Georges, it’s now one of the most recognizable logos in the world. This in part is to do with the Louis Vuitton’s archive designs being reimagined in the iconic LV logo, as well as the proliferation of Louis Vuitton fakes that have flooded the black market.
Though the price of a Louis Vuitton replica may be just pennies, an authentic design comes not just with design credibility but artisanal craftsmanship. The company employs over 4000 specialists to help with the hand assembly of their designs. Before you decide which of their illustrious designs to buy, here’s our guide
Louis Vuitton Alba Bag
The Louis Vuitton Alba was created by Gaston Vuitton, who named the structured tote after the Alma Bridge, which connects two fashionable Paris neighborhoods together. Chic, right?
Louis Vuitton Noé Bag
The history behind this bag is undeniably cool. Vack in 1932, Gaston-Louis Vuitton was asked by a Champagne producer to make a sturdy (but stylish) bag to transport five bottles at a time. He made the Louis Vuitton Noé Bag.
Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
The Capucines bag takes its name from the rue des Capucines in Paris, where Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag
Featuring dainty straps and a bold red interior, this structured, checkered LV bag is a cult classic. This capacious tote has became ubiquitous in the early 2000s but has found a fanbase once again with the resurgance of designer monograms.
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
In the 1960s when the Louis Vuitton was just branching out into read-to-wear, the Speedy came along as an option for the modern woman on the go.
Louis Vuitton Petit Malle
When Nicolas Ghesquière took the reigns at the fashion house he set his sights on revitalizing Louis Vuitton's Petit Malle, which was inspired by the trunks created in the 1800s.
Louis Vuitton Mini Pochette Bag
It was Marc Jacobs who reintroduced Louis Vuitton's damier print to the modern audience. Not only did he oversee collaborations with Stephen Sprouse, Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami, but in 1998 he brought this checkered pattern out of retirement.
Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Backpack
Under Nicolas Ghesquière the backpack became a staple of the California set. It's soft, supple leather and utilitarian straps are a stylish counterbalance the the monogram.
Louis Vuitton Twist Bag
As a vision of the future the Twsit bag is a versatile day-to-cocktail accessory with adjustable straps. It's a statement of the forward-looking vision of this hertiage fashion house.