It's without a doubt one of the most underappreciated pieces from the French fashion house but all the more worthy of a little love and attention in this Masterclass: we're talking about the Louis Vuitton Noé. The Noé is the second oldest Louis Vuitton handbag. It was made in 1932, in the same decade that saw the rise of icons such as the Speedy and the Alma.
The Louis Vuitton Noé bag started out as a custom project. When a champagne producer asked Gaston-Louis Vuitton to develop a stylish bag in which he could transport five bottles of champagne, Gaston-Louis Vuitton designed a simple bucket shape bag which could hold five bottles: four bottles upright and the fifth upside down. The drawstring would secure the bottles from rattling around.
Whats in a name?
Gaston-Louis Vuitton called the bag Noé in reference to the biblical hero Noah, who planted grape vines on the mountains of Ararat, when he left the Ark after the Flood.
The original Noé was made of pale-colored leather, like the color champagne that it was supposed to carry. Today the iconic bag can be found in different kind of materials from Damier Azur to Monogram and colorful Epi leather. The Noé was the very first bucket bag and paved the way for many fashion houses in the future to debut their own version of the bucket bag.
The Noé BB
In 2013 Louis Vuitton introduced the Noé BB a smaller version of the Noé bag. The bag isn’t just smaller but also has an extra-long strap so it can be slung crossbody to give it a more youthful look. The Noé BB bag comes in Monogram canvas, the Damier Azur and Epi leather in five shades, Figue, Fuschia, Citron, Piment and Cyan. Next to the Noé BB, Vuitton designed the Petit Noé which is slightly smaller than the Noé but larger than the Noé BB
The NN14 edition
When Marc Jacobs knew he was leaving Louis Vuitton in 2014 he wanted to make a statement to never be forgotten. The NN14 collection was his last work for Louis Vuitton and he decided to design an updated version of the bucket bags (that he had already refined throughout the years). Marc Jacobs dedicated each of the designs to the women that inspired him for all these years; Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bundchen, Fan BingBing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell. He wanted the Noé bag to become completely different; more sleek, smaller, elegant and perfect for women.