Louis Vuitton is undisputedly one of the most prestigious luxury brands in the world, with a rich history dating back to 1854. Although the French fashion brand started with the manufacturing of trunks, it was in the 1940s that skilled artisan Louis Vuitton incorporated leather to expand its product range to include purses and wallets. Hence, the beginning of its long history of impeccable handbags that still continue to woo the hearts of fashion lovers around the world.
According to Forbes, Louis Vuitton, fondly referred to as LV for short, was the most valuable luxury brand in 2019. That, coupled with the fact that its bags increase in value throughout the years, makes it a good brand to invest in. If you’re interested in doing so, it’s safe to start with the classics. Check them out below and see which one you like best!
Speedy 30, $1160 (approximately P57,407.24), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Created in the 1930s as a nod to travel, the Speedy is probably Louis Vuitton’s most iconic handbag with its top handles and spacious body. Perhaps it was in the year 1959 that the bag quickly gained mass popularity, as it was the year the Speedy 25 was born at the request of Audrey Hepburn, who wanted a bag that was smaller than the Keepall duffel.
Price range: The Speedy 30 is currently priced at $1160 (approximately P57,407.24) but can fetch upwards of $2000 (approximately P98,978) for trendier styles.
Alma PM, $1660 (approximately P82,151.74), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Another handbag that made its debut in the 1930s is the Alma, which now comes in a bevy of colors and sizes (it even comes in a small size called the Alma BB). Just like the Speedy, the Alma features top handles but comes with a taller, narrower body.
Price: The Alma is currently priced at $1660 (approximately P82,151.74) but can fetch upwards of $2000 (approximately P98,978) for trendier styles.
Neverfull GM, $1580 (approximately P78,192.62), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Although the Neverfull only entered the scene in 2007 (hard to believe, right?), it’s one of the brand’s most sought-after styles, what with its super spacious tote design that could fit everything from your phone, a tablet, and even a lightweight laptop. A smart choice for those who like to carry around a lot of stuff, especially during travel!
Price range: The Neverfull MM costs $1500 (approximately P74,233.50) while the slightly larger Neverfull GM costs $1580 (approximately P78,192.62).
SC Bag MM, price unavailable, LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Another design that proved to stand the test time after it was launched in 2007 was the SC, designed by style icon and film director Sofia Coppola. What makes it different from its predecessors is the use of supple calf leather and its suede interior that makes it a sleek, luxurious piece to wear again and again.
Lockit OM, price unavailable, LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Although the Lockit was first released in 1958, it was redesigned twice since then—in 2006 and in 2014. The 2006 edition features the distinct Monogram Canvas and a structured body, while the 2014 edition takes on a softer silhouette and is made with supple Veau Cachemire leather.
6. City Steamer
City Steamer MM, €3050 (approximately P171,696.70), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Since its debut in 2016, the City Steamer has been one of Louis Vuitton’s top contenders, known for its practical and luxurious design. Made with various materials like grained calfskin and crocodile leather, it features top handles, a crossbody strap, and a full zip closure on top that makes fishing out your belongings a breeze.
Price range: The City Steamer can go for as low as €2390 (City Steamer Mini) (approximately P134,554) to as high as €29,900 (approximately P1,683,340) for the more luxurious styles that are made with crocodile leather.
Capucines, €4650 (approximately P261,790.35), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
As a nod to the brand’s first-ever store on Rue des Capucines in Paris, the Capucines handbag was created in 2013. The design takes that popular trapezoid shape of most Louis Vuitton bags but incorporates a dazzling emblem in the middle. Made with full-grain leather (and also crocodile leather), the Capucines’ handles are inspired by the brand’s historic trunks.
Montaigne MM, €2490 (approximately P140,159.61), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Named after the iconic avenue in Paris, the Montaigne is a posh yet highly functional design that features multiple interior compartments as well as a sturdy exterior. It comes in either the Monogram Canvas (for those who like structured bags) or Monogram Empreinte (for those who prefer supple leather). It also comes in a compact size called Montaigne BB that’s perfect for chill days.
Price range: The Montaigne in Monogram Canvas ranges from €1840 (approximately P103,571) to €1980 (approximately P111,452.22), while the ones in Monogram Empreinte fetch a higher price at €2190 (approximately P123,272.91) to €2490 (approximately P140,159).
9. Noé Bag
NeoNoe, €1710 (approximately P96,254.19), LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
Unbeknownst to many, the world’s first bucket bag was designed by Louis Vuitton himself as a result of a request from a champagne producer who needed a bag that could fit five bottles of champagne. And so, the Noe bag was born in 1932 and continues to be loved by many, whether or not they carry bottles of champagne around. The Noe now comes in various iterations, from iconic Monogram Canvas to luxurious, dyed Epi leather.
Price range: The smallest Noe, the Noe Nano, retails at €810 (approximately P45,594), while the original Noe retails at €1240 (approximately P69,792.16).
10. Pochette Accessoires
Pochette Accessoires, $630 (approximately P31,178, LOUIS VUITTON, louisvuitton.com
A small but mighty purse is Louis Vuitton’s Pochette Accessoires that features a timeless baguette design that can fit daily essentials and can even be used on a night out. It comes in Monogram Canvas and Damier Azur Canvas that will surely stand the test of time.
Price range: The Pochette Accessoires starts at €630 (approximately P31,178).