When thinking about the industry’s most popular designer handbags, one cannot miss Louis Vuitton bags. Louis Vuitton is, undoubtedly, one of the world’s biggest handbag brands, with both past and current bag designs being in the hearts and on the wish lists of many fashionistas and designer bag collectors from all around the world.
Aside from being undeniably chic and popular, most of Louis Vuitton bags (as well as Louis Vuitton belts) changed the course of (fashion) history, too, helping many women finally find a refined accessory item that could embrace their newly found empowerment and freedom (ever after World War II, many women began working on their careers and needed bags that could be not only cute, but also practical and roomy).
Louis Vuitton History
When analyzing the history of Louis Vuitton bags, including the current designs, a clear fascination with the women’s eclectic and changing world becomes instantly vivid, inevitably reminding us of Louis Vuitton’s dreams from more than 150 years ago.
Born on August 4, 1821, in Anchay, France, Louis Vuitton promised himself he would change not only his life but also that of future generations when he was only 16 years old, and consequently submitted his life and determination to accomplish this task, ultimately succeeding.
Intrigued by boxes and packs, Louis Vuitton began working as a box-maker in the second half of the Nineteenth century, quickly becoming the Empress of France’s personal box-maker and packer. He then won a bronze medal at the Exposition Universelle, an international exposition organized by Napoleon, back in 1867.
Given his love for boxes and efficient packaging, Louis Vuitton’s desire to create timelessly elegant bags that could be carried around all day long becomes apparent, as much as why most of the designs of Louis Vuitton bags are so structured and spacious.
Louis Vuitton’s legacy was then so strong that, when the founder left the control of the company to his son, Georges Vuitton, the brand’s popularity and acclaimed fashion taste increased exponentially, making it possible for George Vuitton to reinterpret his father’s designs and start creating some of the most iconic Louis Vuitton bags of all time.
Best Louis Vuitton Bags of All Time
Among the most popular Louis Vuitton bags, those that are specifically designed for the cosmopolitan woman who is always on the go and loves to keep everything organized make the majority and never miss a chance to make us daydream about a fashionable, wanderlust-infused future.
1. Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
Available in different sizes, Louis Vuitton’s Speedy bag is probably the house’s most popular bag. Originally designed in the Thirties, it is one of former creative director Louis Vuitton’s biggest successes, often exceeding in sales the fashion house’s newest models.
If you particularly love the Speedy, just keep in mind that Louis Vuitton often releases Speedy’s limited-edition versions within its seasonal collections, the value of which increases years after year. After all, it was Audrey Hepburn’s all-time favorite.
2. Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag
Nomen est omen with this one, indeed! Louis Vuitton’s Neverfull bag is, needless to say, never full, meaning that if you are looking for a roomy handbag to carry from the office to the shopping center, you have just found “the one”. One of Louis Vuitton’s newest bags (it debuted back in 2007), the Neverfull is an all-time ultimate must-have if you are a designer bag collector.
3. Louis Vuitton Alma Bag
The Alma debuted in the early Thirties, and has never stopped evolving itself ever since. Now available in a plethora of sizes, colors, and fabrics, this iconic it-bag is perfect for all those women who are always on the go, and love collecting elegant and timeless designer bags that will never go out of style.
4. Louis Vuitton SC Bag
Here is another roomy bag that made its debut in 2007, i.e. Sofia Coppola x Louis Vuitton’s SC bag. Perfect for the city life, this Louis Vuitton it-bag became instantly popular among the various Hollywood celebrities, and is still selling out even after ten years since its release.
5. Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag
Created in 1901, Louis Vuitton’s City Steamer is still going strong, looking as classic and chic as ever before, even more than a century ago. Now available in different materials, monogram designs and sizes, it is probably one of the most iconic Louis Vuitton bags, and we are sure will never go out of style.
6. Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
One of the newest Louis Vuitton bags, the Capucines made its debut a few years ago, leaving us in awe. Structured and minimalist, it doesn’t feature Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram LV logo, but it is the epitome of a sophisticated and urban-chic design anyways.
7. Louis Vuitton Lockit Bag
Extremely popular especially in its monogram version, the Lockit initially debuted in 1958, and has been redesigned twice since then, with the latest, softer design having been released in 2014. Although the 2014 version is probably the most renowned, the previous one, which came in 2006, is a must-have for any designer bag collector.
8. Louis Vuitton Montaigne Bag
Designed to combine a structured exterior with a roomy, well-organized interior, this Louis Vuitton bag is ideal for business, and is an absolute favorite among many it-girls. Named after the Parisian avenue, Louis Vuitton’s Montaigne bag is currently available in three sizes, namely GM, MM, and BB, and comes in Monogram Canvas and Monogram Empreinte.
9. Louis Vuitton Noé Bag
Designed to impress and help women be more comfortable, Louis Vuitton’s Noé bag debuted in the early Thirties, confirming the house’s forerunning visions. Created to satisfy a French Champagne producer’s dream to finally carry a bag that could transport five bottles of wine all at once, it now carries every it-girl’s dreams.
10. Louis Vuitton Chain Louise Bag
Minimalist and sophisticated, the Chain Louise is the Louis Vuitton bag everyone wants when attending an ultra-fancy event, especially when donning an equally elegant sliver slip dress. When channeled with a casual pair of jeans and a shirt, it is perfect for the daily life, too.
11. Louis Vuitton Kimono Bag
Louis Vuitton has always been fascinated by foreign cultures, and this specific Louis Vuitton bag celebrates this fascination. One of the fashion house’s most recent additions, the Kimono bag combines Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram canvas with fine calf leather for an eye-catching graphic effect. Its V-cross motif is inspired by the Japanese robe, and unsurprisingly makes many fall in love with its overall design.
12. Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag
One of creative director Nicolas Ghesquière’s first creations, it was also one of the first Louis Vuitton bags that came right after former creative director Marc Jacobs’ exit. The Petite Malle bag exudes Ghesquière’s rock and chic allure for sure, and is currently one of the industry’s biggest investments when it comes to a recent Louis Vuitton bag.
13. Louis Vuitton Vaneau Bag
Sleek and modern, yet refined, the Vaneau is the perfect it-bag for all the active, urban women out there. Incredibly light and with a well-organized interior, it is often one of Louis Vuitton creative director Nicholas Ghesquière’s most popular and acclaimed interpretations of the contemporary woman.
14. Louis Vuitton Cluny Bag
After debuting in 2015, Louis Vuitton’s Cluny bag has silently taken over the industry, becoming more and more popular season after season. One of Nicolas Ghesquière’s all-time favorites, the Cluny is available in a plethora of colors and canvas, and gets restyled every year or so.
15. Louis Vuitton Dora Tote
One of the many new styles from Nicolas Ghesquière’s debut collection for the Louis Vuitton fall/ winter 2014 season, the Dora combines modernism with Louis Vuitton’s legacy, and is always available in new colors, sizes, and embellishments. Many argue it is going to be one of the most valuable Louis Vuitton bags in the decades to come, and we couldn’t agree more!
16. Louis Vuitton Twist Bag
Relatively new and again a Nicolas Ghesquière creation, the Twist bag is quickly becoming one of the most coveted Louis Vuitton bags, which also comes in a myriad of colors and styles. It usually shows a nice juxtaposition of materials, colors and details, looking modern, innovative and cool. The small structure and the cross-body chain straps make it a perfect piece to carry from day to night.
Photos via @aylin_koenig, Louis Vuitton