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Louis Vuitton Speedy History: The Classic Bag Loved by Fashionistas

Updated: Jul 26


Louis Vuitton. Two words everyone knows. The history of the brand is one for the books and all its creations, in a museum. Among the iconics, the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag holds a special place in the hearts of fashion enthusiasts. Here we will delve into the rich history of the Speedy bag, explore its design elements, discuss different types of Speedy bags, and highlight how they continue to remain relevant today. Let’s be real - every collector has to have a Speedy. It’s an unwritten law.



The Origin and Design of the Speedy Bag: The Speedy was originally launched in 1930 with a different name: ‘The Express’. This is due to reflecting the new era of faster travel with the rise of commercial flights. The bag was designed as a ‘everyday use’ smaller version of the Keepall. It featured a duffle-like silhouette with dual handles made of natural cowhide leather. At first, The Speedy had a plain canvas. A year later, the Speedy bag was introduced in the iconic Monogram Canvas creating the signature bag we know today.


Audrey Hepburn with a Louis Vuitton Speedy
Various occasions of Audrey Hepburn carrying Speedies

Types of Speedy Bags: Audrey Hepburn in 1965, Louis Vuitton introduced the Speedy 25, a smaller version of the bag, at Hepburn's request. This addition expanded the Speedy line to include sizes 25, 30, 35, and 40, providing options for different preferences and occasions. In 2011, Louis Vuitton introduced the Speedy Bandouliere, meaning "with a strap" in French. This updated version incorporated a long shoulder strap, allowing the bag to be worn on the shoulder or cross-body, offering increased functionality while maintaining its classic charm. Now due to all of Louis Vuitton generous acts of expanding the Speedy family we have these options to choose from:



Takashi Murakami MOCA Monogram
Takashi Murakami's MOCA Monogram Design

Canvas Options: Louis Vuitton reinvented the Speedy countless times - to our benefit. The classic choice is the Monogram Canvas, featuring the iconic LV monogram pattern with fleur-de-lis motifs on a brown background. The Monogram Multicolore, created in collaboration with artist Takashi Murakami, brought vibrant and colorful variations to the Speedy line. Those who are seeking a more understated look, the Speedy is also available in Damier Ebene and Damier Azur canvases. The Damier Ebene showcases a checkered pattern in brown tones, while the Damier Azur features a lighter, more summery color palette with blue checks. You can also find LImited Edition canvas Speedies. Such as: Speedy Graffiti, Watercolour and World Tour. These are but a few examples of the beautifully designed Speedies. See how many you can find, or even collect.



Appeal: Despite being introduced over 90 years ago, the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag continues to captivate fashion enthusiasts around the world. Its timeless design, quality craftsmanship, and association with luxury have solidified its status as an enduring icon.



Rihanna's Louis Vuitton Men's Spring-Summer 2024 ad
Louis Vuitton Men's Spring-Summer 2024 advertisement feat. Rihanna

The Speedy's adaptability to different sizes, materials, and styles has allowed it to remain relevant throughout the years. Whether it's the classic Monogram Canvas, the vibrant Monogram Multicolore, or the sophisticated Damier canvases, the Speedy bag offers options for various tastes and occasions.

Furthermore, the Speedy bag's reputation for durability and functionality has made it a reliable companion for everyday use. Its spacious interior and practical features, such as the two-way zipper and optional shoulder strap, cater to modern needs while retaining its signature elegance. The Speedy is constantly evolving - Even in Pharrell's WIlliams 2023 Fashion show, showcased a new version of the speedy in its symbolic monogram canvas in red, blue, yellow, and green. Yet again proving that the Speedy will never die.



The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag, from its humble beginnings as a travel bag to its status as a coveted fashion statement, the Speedy has stood the test of time. It just shows people's dedication to not only Louis Vuitton - but the Speedy itself. It's a fashion statement, a work of art and a daily companion.


- Written by Kira Bird.

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