Everything You Need to Know About the Louis Vuitton Alma

A size comparison of the Louis Vuitton Alma GM with the Alma BB side by side by FASHIONPHILE

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. 

old model of LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Alma size PM by FASHIONPHILE
Old Model
old model of LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Alma size PM by FASHIONPHILE
Old Model
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new model of LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Alma size PM by FASHIONPHILE
New Model

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. 

LOUIS VUITTON Epi Tropical Alma BB Blue Rose by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Damier Azur Nautical Alma size BB by fashionphile
Damier Azur
LOUIS VUITTON Empreinte Neo Alma in size PM in Black by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Denim Calfskin Reverse Monogram Malletage Alma size BB in Blue by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Multicolor Alma in White by Fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Miroir Alma size MM in Gold by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Graffiti Alma size MM in Peach by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Patent Monogram Alma size BB in Rose Blush by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Infrarouge Alma PM by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Vernis Roses Alma GM Rose Pop by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Lambskin Studded Malletage Alma PM Black by fashionphile
LOUIS VUITTON Monogram Love Lock Alma BB by fashionphile

While having a rich history, the Louis Vuitton Alma stands as a truly iconic bag with so many styles, sizes, colors, and materials.

For more deep dives into the Alma bag, here is our authenticity lesson on the Louis Vuitton Alma. For other styles, visit this guide to Louis Vuitton Neverfull sizes. Shop all Louis Vuitton handbags at FASHIONPHILE
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