Shortly after the Speedy was introduced by Louis Vuitton, in came the iconic Alma bag.
With a storied past and a diverse selection to choose from, the Louis Vuitton Alma stands as an iconic bag in its own right. Since its inception, the Louis Vuitton Alma bag has marked its presence in the world of fashion. Over the years, the Alma bag has undergone various transformations, all the while maintaining the essence of Louis Vuitton’s heritage. Complementing its diverse designs are the myriad materials and colors that amplify the Alma’s distinctiveness and versatility. Whether you’re hoping to enrich your collection of Louis Vuitton bags or are in search of something fresh, the Alma bag is an ideal choice! Here’s what you need to know about the Alma bag from Louis Vuitton.
History of the Louis Vuitton Alma Bag
The Louis Vuitton Alma gets its name from the enchanting Place de l’Alma in Paris. While reminiscent of the Steamer bag, in 1934, the Alma, originally named “Squire,” emerged as a refined evolution of the Steamer — portable yet offering enhanced protection for its contents. In 1950, the “Squire” was remanded to “Champs-Elysee” and then renamed “Alma” as we know it today in 1992. Interestingly, this masterpiece wasn’t just meant for anyone but was initially conceived for none other than the legendary Coco Chanel.
Louis Vuitton Alma Styles + Sizes
When the Alma bag was first introduced, the original model had a slightly elongated shape with a smooth base (no feet). The newer models of the Alma bag got a little upgrade with a slightly more curved dome-like shape with feet added to the based and a clochette. Both versions of the LV Alma exude their Art Deco heritage.
The Louis Vuitton Alma is available in five different sizes. From smallest to largest, the Alma bag comes in the Nano size, BB, PM, MM, and GM.
The Alma Nano measures approximately 6.5” x 4.75” x 3”
The Alma BB, introduced in 2010, measures approximately 9” x 6.75” x 4.5”
The Alma PM measures approximately 12” x 9.75” x 6”
The Alma MM measures approximately 13.5” x 6.5” x 10.2”
The Alma GM measures approximately 15.25” x 11.25” x 7.25”
Watch this YouTube Short to see all the Louis Vuitton Alma sizes on-figure:
Louis Vuitton Alma Bag Colors & Materials
Since the Alma bag graced the earth, it has been reimagined in nearly every color and material out there. You can find the Louis Vuitton Alma bag in every rainbow shade of Epi leather, graphic Damier, glossy monogram vernis, and even special edition artistic iterations of the Alma bag such as the 2003 Takashi Murakami Multicolor Alma, or the 2009 Stephen Sprouse Alma bag in Vernis or even the 2015 Red Monogram “Infrarouge” Alma. Despite all these guises, the Louis Vuitton Alma is a timeless and legendary handbag.
While having a rich history, the Louis Vuitton Alma stands as a truly iconic bag with so many styles, sizes, colors, and materials.