Louis Vuitton is the world’s biggest handbag brand in several senses. Not only does it have the biggest valuation of all luxury brands, but Louis Vuitton also turns out a mind-boggling number of designs every season, both brand new and decades old.
Because not everyone has been following the high-end handbag market for years like so many of my regular readers, I’d imagine all that variety might be intimidating for shoppers new to bags or just new to the brand. But, I’m here to help.
Check out some of the brand’s most important currently available designs, from longstanding classics to new bags shaping the future of Vuitton’s accessories business. If you’re looking for a place to start, this is it.
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
The Speedy needs little introduction. Among even Louis Vuitton’s stacked lineup of classics and famous bags, the Speedy is the most famous of all, with a shape adapted from the brand’s long-running Keepall bags for everyday use. (The 30, which is the bag’s most popular size, was created at the behest of Audrey Hepburn.)
Louis Vuitton Lockit Bag
The Lockit first debuted in 1958 and has been redesigned twice since then, first in 2006 and then again in 2014.
The 2006 version is what you see above, and it’s still available in certain sizes and materials. The 2014 redesign is now the dominant version, and it’s often referred to as the Soft Lockit for its slouchy leather look similar to the LV papillon bag.
Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bag
The Pochette Metis has only been around since 2012, and for the first few years of its life, it flew under the radar.
Since 2015, though, the bag has increased exponentially in popularity–so much so that there’s a 300+ page on our PurseForum dedicated to discussing how to track one down in store and how long the wait is in various parts of the world.
Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag
The Petite Malle was one of current creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere‘s first creations after he took over the brand from Marc Jacobs, and the little trunk-inspired bag has informed many of the accessories the brand has produced since its debut, including an upcoming iPhone case that has the whole industry talking.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag
The Neverfull is so popular and useful that it’s hard to believe it hasn’t always been a part of the brand’s identity. Instead, it’s a relatively new arrival (it made its debut in 2007) but has won over countless shoppers looking for a lightweight, roomy bag for everything from daily laptop-lugging to air travel.
Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
The Capucines debuted just a few years ago, during a time when Louis Vuitton was focusing on increasing its leather business alongside its super popular canvases, and the style has continued to thrive through a change in creative director.
Louis Vuitton SC Bag
2007 was a big year of Vuitton. Not only did the Neverfull make its debut, but so did the SC Bag, designed in collaboration with filmmaker Sofia Coppola.
At the time, Vuitton’ soft leather offerings weren’t well-known, and the SC’s success (especially among Copolla’s fabulous celebrity friends) helped put that part of the brand’s business on the map. Almost a decade later, the SC is still going strong and looks as classic and chic as ever.
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