If you sort your search at fashonphile.com by Louis Vuitton, you may come across the Alma, the Neverfull, and the Onthego. Ten out of ten, you’ll spot Louis Vuitton Speedy bags.
Created in 1930, the Speedy bag was the first Louis Vuitton handbag to be made and has become a cult favorite with many versions to choose from. Speedy bags come in various styles, sizes, materials, and patterns. When deciding which Speedy bag to go with, a good place to start is to determine which style Speedy to get, then narrow down your choices from there.
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At the core, there are two main styles for the Speedy: the regular Speedy and the Speedy Bandouliere. Both are virtually the same in appearance but have minor differences. The regular Speedy features two top handles, a top zip closure, and two leather tabs at the sides. The Speedy Bandouliere also has two top handles and a top zip closure (with two zipper pulls instead of one). But instead of tabs at the sides, the Speedy Bandouliere features leather panels that run down the sides and two D-rings for hooking a shoulder strap (or even a bag charm). Deciding between the two styles depends on whether or not you prefer a removable leather strap.
Aside from Speedy styles, you may also notice size variations.
There are many Louis Vuitton Speedy sizes available to choose from, ranging from the Speedy BB (the smallest Speedy measuring 7.5” x 6” x 4.5”) to the Speedy 40 (the largest Speedy measuring approximately 16.25” x 9.5” x 7.5”). If you’re looking for something even bigger that still has the Speedy look, shop Louis Vuitton Keepalls. Some Speedy sizes are now discontinued, like the Mini Sac HL, but you can still find discontinued Louis Vuitton at FASHIONPHILE.
Besides looking at the different styles and sizes, the Speedy bag comes in many different materials and patterns (as you probably gather).
Speedy Materials & Patterns
When shopping for Louis Vuitton Speedy bags, there are many different materials and patterns to choose from.
Louis Vuitton Monogram Coated Canvas
Starting with the classics, there are Monogram prints, which include the classic Monogram and the Giant Monogram. Speedy bags do not come in the traditional Monogram Eclipse, but there is a Monogram Sequin Eclipse Speedy 28 version.
Additionally, there are Damier prints which include Damier Azur and Damier Ebene. The Speedy doesn’t come in Damier Graphite, although you can shop Louis Vuitton Keepalls in Damier Graphite. These prints are all applied to Louis Vuitton coated canvas, a durable canvas textile with a plastic coating. When it comes to use, Louis Vuitton coated canvas handbags are more wear-forgiving and ideal for everyday compared to leather.
Louis Vuitton Leather Speedy Bags
Speedy bags also come in many leather versions, including styles in Empreinte leather, Epi (embossed calfskin), plain calfskin, lambskin, and Vernis. Although more fragile, with the proper care, leather Speedy bags can endure lifetimes.
Special Edition Speedy Bags
Aside from the classic monogram prints and notable leather versions, Louis Vuitton leather and coated canvas Speedy bags also include special editions that are unique to specific collections. Here are some (of many) examples you can shop for at FASHIONPHILE.
Hands down, when deciding on a Louis Vuitton bag, you really can’t go wrong with the Speedy. Since becoming a cult favorite with so many options to choose from, the Speedy bag is a style that will offer something for everyone; it’s a great addition to your collection.