Louis Vuitton Icons: The Speedy

Some bags seem destined for stardom. Though they are our ordinary, everyday companions, there is absolutely nothing ordinary or everyday about them. These bags have style – and more than style. A spirit. Perhaps even a soul.

Some have an illustrious past. They have accompanied the twists and turns of history, elegantly outlasted the vagaries of time and trends. Others have written their own success story, achieving cult status almost overnight.

All have a sense of identity so strong that – while they may adopt different sizes, colours or materials – their essence remains unchanged. These bags are individuals. It is only natural, therefore, that we should know them by their name.

Alma, Neverfull, Noé, Saumur… Louis Vuitton presents its icons. The Speedy.

[left to right] Speedy 30 in black Epi leather, Speedy Bandoulière 25 in Monogram Empreinte, Speedy Bandoulière 30 bag in Monogram canvas

An icon among icons, the Speedy was launched in 1930 as the “Express”. Just as its name evoked that era’s obsession with new and faster means of transportation, so its shape reflected the prevailing passion for elegantly fusing form and function. Rapidly renamed the Speedy, it remains – in its multiple modern incarnations – the complete, quintessential city bag: roomy yet never bulky, feminine but not girly, sublimely understated and utterly sophisticated.

Image via Louis Vuitton