Trends come and go, but there are some brands who will almost certainly stand the test of time. In the ever-changing yet equally cyclical world of fashion the only way to stay relevant is to continually adapt, reinvent and inspire whilst staying on-brand. One pioneering brand who has done so since the very early days of luxury fashion is none other than Louis Vuitton.
Louis Vuitton is the second oldest luxury fashion house (Hermès being the first). The brainchild of Mr. Louis Vuitton himself, the brand started on its way in 1854. Vuitton was a trunk maker and packer by trade who started his own workshop, solely serving the French elite. He crafted his game-changing trunks with canvas in the iconic monogram and damier prints.
Clearly passing down an unmatched eye for detail, Vuitton’s son Georges went on to introduce the first Louis Vuitton weekend bag, the Keepall; which was large enough for an overnight stay yet compact enough for light travel.
The bag offering later expanded with the release of one of my personal favourites, the iconic Speedy. The Speedy climbed the style ranks in 1960 when Audrey Hepburn wore the 25cm version (a size she personally asked Louis Vuitton to customise for her). The Speedy range later expanded; featuring the 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, and 40cm versions.
The famed Alma, Noé, Neverfull handbags followed, with the introduction of the next generation – the Capucines, Twist, Petite Malle and many more in recent years.
Without forgetting decades of timeless clothing, footwear, jewellery/timepieces, fragrances, small leather goods, and travel lines, it goes without saying that Louis Vuitton is most famed for its revolutionary handbags. From the most affordable Speedy 25 (RRP £720) all the way through to the splash the cash Limited Edition City Steamer (RRP £41,444), there’s something for everyone.
Let’s face it, what’s a handbag collection without Louis Vuitton?
Love, Ms.Raé xo