Choosing the right Louis for you

A brief history of Louis Vuitton's most iconic bags

Our Designer & Luxury Auction takes place on Thursday 23rd July commencing at 2pm. In this fantastic sale we have over 130 lots of beautiful designer handbags, accessories and clothing. Particularly strong in this sale is our selection of Louis Vuitton bags, in classic and timeless designs that are highly sought-after by collectors and fashionistas alike. 

 

Keepall

The Keepall is the ultimate holdall bag, it does what it says on the tin! The Keepall was designed in 1924 for travel, and bags are named after their length. Louis Vuitton is a ocmpany with a history steeped in the creation of travel goods, with their cases, portable wardrobes and trunks fetching fantastic prices at auction. The Keepall comes in four sizes: 45, 50, 55 and 60. Our auction includes eight Louis Vuitton Keepall bags, both in the classic monogram coated canvas as well as the wonderfully textured Epi leather.

A Louis Vuitton red Epi Keepall 45 luggage bag

Lot 57: A Louis Vuitton red Epi Keepall 45 luggage bag

A Louis Vuitton black Epi Keepall 50 luggage bag

Lot 65: A Louis Vuitton black Epi Keepall 50 luggage bag

A Louis Vuitton monogram Keepall Bandoulière 50 luggage bag

Lot 92: A Louis Vuitton monogram Keepall Bandoulière 50 luggage bag

 

Also in the sale are two Keepall Bandoilière bags. Literally translating to 'with a strap' in French, the Bandoulière adds a practical twist to a classic design with a detachable shoulder strap.

 

Speedy

The Speedy was created as a miniature version of the Keepall, with a length of 30cm. In 1965, Audrey Hepburn made a special order for a 25cm Speedy, and she became the unofficial face of the bag. The Speedy is available in four sizes, 25, 30, 35 and 40.

We have no less than eight Louis Vuitton Speedy bags in this sale, ranging in sizes and colours. 

A Louis Vuitton red Epi Speedy 25 handbag71 - A Louis Vuitton red Epi Speedy 25 handbag

A Louis Vuitton monogram Speedy 30 handbag

Lot 7: A Louis Vuitton monogram Speedy 30 handbag

A Louis Vuitton green Epi Speedy 35 handbag

Lot 37: A Louis Vuitton green Epi Speedy 35 handbag

 

Noé

The Noé bag was introduced in 1932, and its iconic bucket style design has been admired by fashionistas ever since. This wonderful bag was originally commissioned by a producer of champagne that needed a bag that could hold four upright bottles, and one upside down. The Noé was born! Our sale features four fabulous Noé bags - chin chin!

A Louis Vuitton Bicolour Epi Noé PM handbag

76 - A Louis Vuitton Bicolour Epi Noé PM handbag

A Louis Vuitton Monogram Noé PM handbag

122 - A Louis Vuitton Monogram Noé PM handbag

 

Alma

The Alma bag was introduced in 1934, initially called the 'Squire' bag. Designed by Gaston Louis Vuitton, the Alma was the second handbag after the Speedy to be created by the brand. An iconic design featuring a double zip, luxurious rolled handles and two inner compartments, the Squire bag was later renamed after the Place de L'Alma in Paris. Three wonderful Alma bags are featured in this week's sale, all in the classic monogram coated canvas that Louis Vuitton is so renowned for.

A Louis Vuitton Monogram Alma PM handbag

Lot 9: A Louis Vuitton Monogram Alma PM handbag

 

Montsouris

Named after one of the largest green spaces in Paris, the Montsouris backpack is a wonderfully versatile bag that is no longer available to purchase new. Designed in the 1990s, and revisited in their Fall Winter 2017 collection, Louis Vuitton's Montsouris backpack remains a firm favourite amongst brand enthusiasts.

A Louis Vuitton Monogram Montsouris MM backpack

Lot 98: A Louis Vuitton Monogram Montsouris MM backpack

 

Neverfull

The Neverfull is a hugely popular bag, and one of the most frequently requested bags from our client base. Quite rightly so, as a stylish and practical addition to any wardrobe, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull is a tote bag named for its volume. Crafted as a classic Tote shape, the Neverfull features lace sides that allow the bag to change shape according to the volume, making it a wonderful bag for any occasion.

A Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull PM handbag

Lot 103: A Louis Vuitton Monogram Neverfull PM handbag

 


For further information about any of the lots in our Designer & Luxury Sale, or to find out how much your bags could be worth at auction, contact our specialist Liz Bailey via liz@peterwilson.co.uk or call 01270 623 878. Our next Designer & Luxury Auction will take place on Thursday 13th October and we are inviting entries for this sale.

 

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