The Speedy, a Louis Vuitton icon. Launched in the 30’s as the “Express”, its name evoked the world’s new, faster means of travel, its shape reflected the era’s elegant fusion of form and function. From the start, the Speedy was the complete, quintessential city bag: roomy yet never bulky, feminine but not girly, sublimely understated and utterly sophisticated.
Today, the Speedy encapsulates Louis Vuitton’s unparalleled savoir-faire: the coated canvas, uniquely supple and durable, lightweight and waterproof, perfected over the course of a century and a half; the emblematic cowhide leather, rigorously selected and naturally tanned, which with time acquires a deep amber patina; the Toron handles – after the Latin for “small rope” – painstakingly hand-stitched and so comfortable to hold; the flawless details – the tiny brass padlock, the creasing, the red edge-dying – that all say Louis Vuitton.
Now the Speedy has an alter ego: the Speedy Bandoulière in Monogram canvas. Equally fashionable, even more functional, this eagerly awaited new arrival – featuring, for the first time, an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap in natural cowhide leather – effortlessly adapts to the demands of modern life, in the city and beyond.
As versatile as it is stylish, the Speedy Bandoulière can be worn in new ways – casually slung across the body or draped gracefully over the shoulder – as well as carried in the conventional manner, in the hand or on the arm, with the shoulder strap then becoming a deliberate detail. Four sizes and an array of possibilities that renew the Speedy’s timelessly elegant allure.
The Speedy and the Speedy Bandoulière. One spirit, two styles: the cult classic and the new must-have. Sizes and prices are as follows:
• Monogram Speedy Bandoulière 25 – US$1010
• Monogram Speedy Bandoulière 30 – US$1030
• Monogram Speedy Bandoulière 35 – US$1050
• Monogram Speedy Bandoulière 40 – US$1070
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