Louis Vuitton is a historical brand built on the excellence and quality of its luxury goods and accessories. It was founded by Vuitton in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris and has grown into a worldwide company with one of the most valuable brand names in the world. Beginning in travel goods, it is now possibly the handbags for which Louis Vuitton is most universally admired.
With new models almost exclusively sold in the famous boutiques, vintage Louis Vuitton can offer the perfect solution to finding your perfect vintage Louis Vuitton bags. The Open for Vintage Collection includes examples from decades past which showcase the rich heritage of the brand in its many exclusive materials and models. Choose a classic Speedy, a diminutive version of the 1930's designed Keepall, created in 1965 at the request of Audrey Hepburn who wanted a mini version, and now made in 25, 30, 35, 40 (the numbers indicating centimetre size) and bandoulière with a strap. Or an Alma which, legend has it, was based on a bag created for Coco Chanel in the 1920’s but not produced commercially until the 1930’s. The 1930’s also saw the birth of the popular Noé bag, a bag, believe it or not, designed to carry bottles of Champagne which it can still do today with 4 bottom down and one cork down in the centre. More recently, we have seen the arrival of the instantly iconic Neverfull in 2007 and it has become one of the most successful and admired Louis Vuitton bags ever made.
All of these vintage Louis Vuitton handbags are offered in a range of beautiful exclusive Louis Vuitton materials and colours. From the beginning the brand has known the worth of its goods and used materials to tackle imitation. The coated canvases with which the brand is synonymous, were adapted in the 1930's using a thinner coating method in order to be flexible ad therefore suitable for smaller items like handbags and wallets. Damier Ebene canvas, with tones of brown printed on a black coated ground, was originally designed in 1888 and was re-released in the late 1990's. It was followed by Damier Azur in white and blue in 2006. The most iconic coated canvas used in Louis Vuitton vintage bags has to be the Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas. It features a bold print of flowers, quatrefoils and the LV monogram and was designed in 1896 by Louis Vuitton’s son Georges and has changed very little since. It is often combined with natural vegetable tanned vachetta cowhide leather which begins as a pale beige or white and darkens with age with an amber hue. This patina is something which can make pre-owned Louis Vuitton bags distinct from their newer siblings. Another leather for which Louis Vuitton is celebrated is its exclusive Epi Leather introduced in 1985 and based on a leather used in the 1920's. Like the coated canvas, it has a durability unusual to leather which makes it perfect for Louis Vuitton and its commitment to long lasting durable accessories and bags.
Aside from the classics, there are the limited edition lines: the Louis Vuitton collaborations with famous artists dating back to 2001 are truly unique - Stephen Sprouse's Graffiti & Roses line; Takashi Murakami's Monogram Multicolore & Cherry Blossom lines; Richard Prince's Aquarelle or Watercolor Speedy versions and Yayoi Kusama's “Infinitely Kusama” collection. These lines now make pre-owned Louis Vuitton pieces true collectors’ items.
In all the admiration for the handbags, the origins of the company as a trunk maker must never be forgotten with vintage Louis Vuitton trunks now highly prized. These flat topped trunks when first designed were a revelation for stacking and travel and Louis Vuitton’s pieces were instantly recognisable in their striped Rayée canvas. Vintage Louis Vuitton luggage still proves the worth of the company having travelled the world and stood up to the tough treatment that suitcases often receive. Also smaller travel items are appeal to men and women as a great choice with stunning vintage Louis Vuitton backpacks, vintage Louis Vuitton wallets and small accessories like toilette bags. The Open for Vintage Louis Vuitton Collection truly offers a great selection from the history of this great brand from bags to belts, luggage to scarves.