The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag is a classic. It is one of the most easily recognizable bags as it has been work on the arms of thousands of celebrities, and non-celebrities alike for decades.
The round LV logo-adorned bag with its top handles and understated hardware has been a staple in Louis Vuitton’s handbag collection and is similarly found in the closets of fashionable women around the world. Let’s explore a bit of the history behind this iconic bag.
History of the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
The LV Speedy bag was first introduced to the world in the ‘30s and the first available size was the 30cm version. Towards the end of the decade, a smaller 25cm size was added and made especially for actress Audrey Hepburn. This ignited the popularity of the Speedy in the minds of bag lovers worldwide and helped the Speedy 25 become what it is today.
Breaking down the LV Speedy Bag
Speedy sizes are larger than a purse, but certainly not big enough to be considered a tote – it is more akin to a messenger bag.
The Speedy bag has a beautifully simple structure. It has a flat bottom that tapers up to a slightly domed round body. It is adorned with the classic LV monogram on the outside of the bag and is constructed with one piece of canvas leather with natural vachetta piping and rounded handles.
Depending on the particular type of bag, the bottom may vary. The Monogram and Damier bags, for example, have canvas bottoms while the Empreinte leather Speedy has bottom feet and extra stitching.
I love the Speedy as it’s a classic and is suitable for so many occasions:
- Due to its size and luxurious appearance, it’s very versatile handbag that can be used for work, play or a night out.
- Leather looks great with age and some people actually prefer getting a used LV Speedy at a greatly discounted price since it will, arguably, look better than a new one.
- They have great resale value if you’re into collecting bags for investment purposes.
- Easy to clean with a leather cleaner.
- Looks great either empty (for a more slouchy look) or full.
Speaking of, some people swear by a purse organizer and I’m split on whether to use one with the Speedy, but I usually opt not to use one.
If I have a lot of stuff in the bag, then there’s no need for a purse organizer as the bag will look full without one and the organizer takes up space unnecessarily.
In addition, the organizer’s edges may cause the bag to be more prone to being scratched and bumped. As with many things, it comes down to personal preference.
The Speedy Bandouliere (The Speedy B)
For non-french speaking people, Bandouliere means ‘with a strap.’ The Bandouliere was introduced in in Monogram Canvas, Damier Ebene Canvas, Damier Azur Canvas, and Empreinte Leather.
Three things stand out about the Bandolier, also known as the Speedy B, that help set it apart:
- It comes with a shoulder strap so that the bag can be work cross-body style.
- It has a two-way zip closure that makes getting items in and out of the bag a bit easier.
- It has an additional strip of leather trim on the sides of the bag.
Recent Speedy Bag Redesigns
LV Speedy New Model (NM)
In 2015, the LV Monogram and Damier Speedy were slightly redesigned. Previously, the leather that connected the bag’s handle (its chaps) were flat, but the Speedy New Models’ chaps have been redesigned, there is now an interior zipper pocket, and additional leather on both sides of the zipper.
Empreinte Leather Speedy & Epi Leather Speedy
There are no longer bottom metal feet as compared to previous models between 2012 and 2015. In addition, the leather zipper pulls and top handles are longer. The pockets, which we love, are as follows: exterior front pocket, 1 zip pocket, two inside slip pockets.
Epi Speedy Old Models Versus New Model
Updated changes: Shoulder strap, wider zip opening, diagonal Epi leather, Alcantara soft textile lining, two flat pockets
Speedy Bag Sizes
The Louis Vuitton Speedy bag comes in four different sizes that refer to the width of the bag’s front panel in centimeters: 25, 30, 35 and 40.
The most popular size is the Speedy 30, but there’s no ideal size, so to speak, as it all comes down to personal preference.
Size dimensions for Monogram Canvas, Damier Ebene, and Damier Azur Speedy bags:
|Speedy 25||9.84” L x 7.5” W x 6” H|
|Speedy 30||11.8” L x 8.3” W x 6.7” H|
|Speedy 35||13.8” L x 9” W x 7” H|
|Speedy 40||15.8” L x 9.8” W x 7.5” H|
What Materials Does The Speedy Come In?
The Speedy comes in a vast array of colors and materials:
- Monogram coated canvas (brown with LV monogram and light vachetta leather)
- Damier Ebene (brown check with dark brown leather)
- Damier Azur (blue and white checkers)
- Monogram Empreinte embossed leather
- Epi leather
- Mini Lin/Idylle Canvas
- Limited Edition styles like Stephen Sprouse Graffiti and Yayoi Kusama Monogram Dots
- Denim (see below)
Here is one fellow blogger’s take on the LV Speedy Bag
YT Speedy Bag Review
Where Can you Find the LV Speedy Bag?
So you’ve decided to invest in the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag and want to know where to purchase it?
Good choice, as this bag is reasonably priced given that it will probably last you 10 years+ if well taken care of.
Of course, you can purchase directly from LouisVuitton.com in a variety of different models and sizes. It averages around $1000.
You can actually purchase here at Walmart, yes Walmart. I didn’t believe it either until I saw this article confirming you can buy authentic high end bags, along with with a kale salad and diapers. Who knew?
As mentioned, some people prefer to buy used as a good leather bag such as this, will still look great. Check out fashionpile or Therealreal.com as they are the most credible bag resellers available today and authenticate every bag they sell.
Louis Vuitton Speedy Retail Prices
The below guide can be used as a rough estimate for Speedy bag prices. LV Speedy Bag prices differ based on size, material, and whether the bag is new or used.
Monogram, Damier Ebene & Damier Azur Canvas
- Speedy 25: $1000
- Speedy 30: $1020
- Speedy 35: $1050
Speedy 40: $1010
- Speedy Bandouliere 25: $1430
- Speedy Bandouliere 30: $1450
- Speedy Bandouliere 35: $1470
- Speedy Bandouliere 25: $2160
Monogram Empreinte Leather
Speedy Bandouliere 20: $2300
Speedy Bandouliere 25: $2610
Speedy Bandouliere 30: $2900