Birthday Bag


I recently realised that I really didn't have a sort of everyday handbag that I could rely on any more. Having been a fan of the gianormous, hardware-laden, weighs-a-ton "it" bags that were so popular in the late 90s and early 2000s, as fashion (and therefore our collective taste in bags) has changed, I had abandoned most of my huge bags. Instead, I resorted to using my ripped to shreds leather tote that I use for work, or my off white Dooney & Bourke shopper, which is really only appropriate at certain times of the year. So this year for my birthday, I decided that my present to myself would be a new bag.

Enter this, my new Louis Vuitton Speedy bag. I freely admit here that I had absolutely no intention of buying a Louis Vuitton. Although I have always been a fan of the Vuitton Speedy bag (in theory anyway) for it's practicality and classic design, I just really wasn't very tuned-in to the Vuitton brand, thinking of it as something people bought who wanted to be seen with a logo bag.  However, having to really think hard about what I needed in a bag, combined with a very well-timed long-term freelance writing job for a handbag retailer (which forces me to research all things handbag, I quickly changed my tune. Several of my writing assignments have now sent me over to Louis Vuitton for research purposes, both on the net and in person, and that is really what clued me in to the history and tradition that is behind the design house. I suppose the fact that they have been around since 1859 should have clued me in, but well...some of us are stubborn and opinionated once we've made up our minds. Anyway, when the pay check from my handbag freelance gig came in, I used it to buy my Speedy bag. It seemed only right.

Having always been a bit of a leather bag snob, a coated canvas bag has been a bit of a revelation. As it turns out, coated canvas is at least as hard-wearing as leather, if not more so. Even better yet, it's incredibly lightweight, so you're less likely to get that heavy handbag shoulder ache. I chose their classic Damier canvas, largely because the pattern is one of their original designs (revived in 1996 for their 100th anniversary - I like a bit of history), and to be honest, I am still a bit logo-shy.  The LV logo stuff wasn't made until later on in the Vuitton manufacturing timeline, ironically as an attempt to quash counterfeiting. I think its safe to editorialise a bit here and say that it didn't work.

So here it is. Ta-Daa. The Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Bandouliére in Damier canvas. I decided to go with the Bandouliére (shoulder strap version) because I really like the idea of having the hands-free option, and I'm sick and tired of tucking a bag under my armpit, 90s style. Plus, it looks really cute when worn cross-body, and the strap is adjustable, so you can put it exactly where you want it. The bottom line is, I was totally wrong in my assumptions about the brand, and I am in love with this bag...which is good, because it needs to last me for a long, long time.

If you want to read a brief history of the Vuitton Brand, there are some excellent overview articles online. Try this one from Vogue, or try the Louis Vuitton website.






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Comments

  1. I love this classic shape and size, and the pattern suits your vibe. Just fab. xo

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  2. The bag is beautiful, but that gorgeous coat is threatening to steal its thunder. They (and you) look totally amazing!

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  3. The bag looks really lovely with the camel coat and jeans. A good bag is always a wise investment.

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  4. Like you, I've always had an aversion to Louis Vuitton based on their logo bags. This purse, however, could change my mind. Sadly, the price tag is an impediment. I'll dream instead.

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    1. MJ, have a look at Portero.com, Fashionphile, etc. You can get some authenticated "previously loved" bags that are a fraction of the cost. Still an investment, but not nearly the eye-watering price tag.

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    2. Also, Yoogi's closet. They have a lot of LV.

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    3. Thanks for the tips. I've got a birthday coming up (and, of course, Christmas) so this could be a possibility.

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  5. Ooh, that is a fab bag. I feel quite the same way about obviously logo-ed bags, but your bag looks classy and incredibly useful. I'm on the hunt for a bag big enough for my small laptop but not too heavy and bulky... Ideally I'd like something in a wine colour... haven't found the perfect one yet so the hunt continues.

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  6. I've been eyeing versions of that bag too, so timeless and practical! Do you find the 25 is big enough for your day-to-day shlepping?

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    1. Definitely. I am so glad I went with the 25. The 30, which is probably the more popular, is getting into Big Purse Territory again, and I definitely was looking for something that was big enough for wallet, phone, camera, odds and ends, but not SO big that I would be digging around in it searching every time I opened it. I personally think the 25 looks better in the bandouliére anyway.

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  7. Pardon me as I swoon over here... as that is the exact bag I have lusted over for about 3-4 years, including checking consignment and lightly-used online sales! Perfect pick for a brown-neutral color.

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  8. It is gorgeous!!! Congrats on your new baby. :)

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  9. It´s perfect! Voting is open, please do not forget to vote for your favorite look on the Share in Style post!

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  10. The Speedy in the LV monogram ( I was young) was my first ever designer bag, I got it for my 16th or 17th birthday and loved it sick! It's so much better in the damier and the strap is so functional - I love cross body bags now.

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    1. Me too. I am so happy that they've sort of worked their way back into our collective fashion brains again. Hands free shopping, woot woot!

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