The world famous Speedy was the very first handbag of the house of Louis Vuitton and an instant success! The bag has been worn by icons like Audrey Hepburn, who even requested a custom made size which is still popular today. In this Masterclass we'll dive into the history of one of the greatest it-bags of all time.
The story begins
The name Speedy will trick many into thinking that this bag is just a few decades old. Yet, in reality the Speedy was already a well loved fashion accessory back in the thirties! So, let's take a trip down memory lane... The story behind the luxury label Louis Vuitton begins in 1835, when a young man travelled to Paris in search of his fortune. A mere twenty years later, Monsieur Vuitton started his own company: Louis Vuitton Malletier. A company that would later become one of the biggest fashion houses in the world.
The very first handbag
The Speedy was designed in 1930 as a smaller interpretation of the hugely popular Keepall bag. The bag marks a turning point in the history of Louis Vuitton, as the Speedy was in fact the very first handag from the fashion house. While the Keepall was intended for the globetrotting elite, the Speedy was designed for everyday use.
Heavy duty bag
The original size of the Speedy is 30 cm, which makes it manageable yet roomy. At the request of Audrey Hepburn herself, Louis Vuitton introduced a smaller version of 25 cm, which is still a very popular size today. Nowadays, the bag is also available in 35 and 40 cm. The classic version of the bag consists largely of sturdy canvas with leather handles, which over the years darken to a full patina. The canvas is waterproof, remains scratch-free and does not tear, the perfect material for a ‘heavy duty’ bag.
Damier to Epi
Over the years the bag has been designed in dozens of different materials, designs and colors, but the classic shape of the bag has remained unchanged. If you’re not exactly in love with the typical Monogram canvas you can also choose for Damier, Epi or the playful Totem version. On Designer-Vintage you can find a vintage Speedy (with the most friendly prizes), limited editions, but also brand new pieces.