A History of the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag

Our Guide to the Iconic Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag

The story of Louis Vuitton begins all the way back in 1835 when a young boy set off on foot to Paris to find work. Twenty years later that boy opened Louis Vuitton Malletier, a small company crafting travel bags and luggage, and one of the world’s most iconic luxury brands was born. The Speedy bag is an integral part of the Louis Vuitton story as it was the first handbag that the brand created.

A smaller version of the keepall bag which Georges Vuitton introduced in 1930, the Speedy was the first bag that Vuitton suggested for everyday use. Originally a 30cm size, it was then created in a smaller 25cm size for Audrey Hepburn in 1965. Today it is also available in the 35 and 40cm sizes.

While the style of the bag has been re-imagined over the decades (it can be found today in a variety of leathers, colors and designs)  for the past 80 years the classic shape of this bag remains the same.

For a bag collector, or a luxury bag fan, the Speedy bag is up there in the hall of fame of iconic handbags! Visit the website to view our collection of Louis Vuitton Speedy bags, and our collection of Louis Vuitton Keepall bags.

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