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History

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Louis Vuitton made a name for himself in the luggage business in the 1800’s, but it was his son George Vuitton that extended the Louis Vuitton legacy into the brand for designer handbags that it is today.

The Speedy bag was the first handbag created by Georges and it has become one of the most famous purses in the world. Now available in multiple sizes and materials, the Speedy bag is your easiest way to break into Louis Vuitton’s world of luxury.

As a young boy in Paris, Louis Vuitton recognized a lucrative market within box-making. He quickly revolutionized the world of travel with the invention of canvas trunks. George Vuitton took over the brand after the passing of his father, and took the brand to a whole new level.

It was George who created the signature monogrammed canvas, featuring the LV logo with quatrefoils and flowers in an attempt to stop imitation and counterfeiting. And it was also Georges Vuitton who introduced the Keepall bag, and its smaller counterpart the Speedy bag.

Naming Convention

The Speedy bag was created in the 1930’s shortly after the Keepall bag found tremendous popularity. The Speedy bag was a smaller version of the Keepall design and was the first handbag intended for everyday use. The first Speedy was named the Speedy 30 because of its size, measuring 30cm in length.

Louis Vuitton speedy 30cm handbag with dimensions

A smaller Speedy that was only 25cm in length was created in 1965 for Audrey Hepburn. And today you can find 4 Speedy bags in production: 25, 30, 35, and 40.

Construction

The Speedy bag is one of the unique Louis Vuitton purses that is made of one solid piece of fabric from front to back. Therefore there is no seam on the bottom of the bag, and the back of the bag will feature the LV monogram upside down when it is composed of the monogrammed canvas. No matter the fabric, each Speedy bag will feature several quintessential Louis Vuitton staple details.

The handles on the Speedy bag are the short rounded handles that attach to the bag with pentagonal leather pieces with flawless stitching. There are additional pentagonal pieces on each end of the zipper, and each Speedy bag will have genuine brass hardware. And characteristic of all Louis Vuitton handbags, there will be a manufacturer’s stamp from Paris.

Expected Cost

If you’re looking to add a Speedy bag to your hand bag collection, you can purchase a wide range of Speedy options at various Louis Vuitton stores across the world. The classic canvas monogrammed Speedy with vachetta leather handles and accents runs between $950.00 USD to $1,010.00 USD with the Speedy 25 on the lower end of the price range and the Speedy 40 conversely at the top.

But embellished Speedy bags, and those constructed of different fabrics can be priced as high as $4,000.00 USD or more, as is the case with mink Speedy and the newer Speedy Bandoulier that features a crossbody strap.

Fortunately, in our modern times, a brick and mortar Louis Vuitton store is not the only place to lap up the luxury. There are several online sites that market new and used Speedy bags in a wide range of options and prices. The hazard you run is purchasing a counterfeit Louis Vuitton bag, and imitation products have been a problem for the Louis Vuitton brand since the luggage days of the 1800’s.

Websites such as eBay, Tradesy, and Farfetch are just a couple of the online markets that offer new and used Louis Vuitton Speedy bags. The price spectrum for used and vintage Speedy bags can be as low as $140.00 USD but still as high as several thousand dollars.

Conclusion

Louis Vuitton lovers will agree that the investment into a genuine Speedy bag is worth the pretty penny price. From the flawless construction and attention to detail to the durable materials and classic style, the Speedy bag will be a go-to bag for years to come once added to your handbag collection. Whether it is the petite Speedy 25 or the larger Speedy 40 this bag can accompany every outfit no matter the season.

Celebrities have been captured carrying this iconic purse in jeans and a t-shirt at the airport, to fashion week events next to haute couture looks. The Speedy bag has claimed a spot in fashion history where it will remain.

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