Living The Sweet Life: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Louis Vuitton Speedy 25

Audrey Hepburn and her Speedy 25 (I love her.)

The Speedy marks one of the single most important turning points in Louis Vuitton’s history. In 1932, LV was still a luxury luggage house, with such a reputation that the brand’s designs were starting to spill over into haute couture. After the Keepall travel bag became such a icon, Georges Vuitton was urged to create a smaller carry on for short trips. The Speedy 30 was the very first crossover—both luggage and a purse, and Louis Vuitton’s very first true handbag. By 1965, the bag was a worldwide icon, inspiring Audrey Hepburn to personally ask for an even smaller version to be created. And so, the Speedy 25 was born—Audrey was never again seen without one, and the history of Louis Vuitton was forever linked to the Speedy.

(More from this article here)

Thirteen Things To Know About Louis Vuitton

1. A very high percentage of “Vuittons” in the world are fake.  Someone with a real LV can spot a fake - it's all about the "honey" colour of the leather and perfect "cut" of the patterns.

2.  Louis Vuitton craftsmen rarely cut thorough the "LV" logo on the monogram canvas.  Designs are created around this tradition.  Look close at the pictures, you'll see what I mean.  If you go to the Louis Vuitton web site, there are only a few bags where the "LV's" are cut to accommodate a more complicated design but it's very rare.  Two bags that break this rule are the Galliera PM and the Galliera GM.

3.  Louis Vuitton carefully centers the pattern to be symmetiecal, and cuts out the material to perfectly match and line up at seamlines.  You will never see a Louis Vuitton handbag where the pattern doesn't line up at the side seams.

4. Louis Vuitton celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004.

5. Louis Vuitton opened his first store in 1854, he began making handbags after the 1892 world’s fair.

6. The world’s first flat top trunk was created by Louis Vuitton in 1858.

7. Each and every Louis Vuitton has a hidden tag stamped with a serial number, more specifically a date code that tells where and when the item was made.  Wallets will be stamped right on the item, tucked close to a seam, usually hard to find - you have to know what you're looking for but it's there.

8. Though it’s been around since 1930, the Speedy didn't gain a massive following until it was redesigned for Audrey Hepburn in the 60s. (see above)

9. Vuitton HQ is in Florence, Italy.

10. Louis Vuitton was born in Jura, France in 1821.

11. The “LV” monogram was originally meant to foil counterfeiting attempts. It didn't work.
12. When the Louis Vuitton Building opened on the Champs-Elysees it was the largest travel-goods store in the world.

13.  Louis Vuitton handbags are only sold in Louis Vuitton boutiques (some boutiques are in high end department stores) and on line at their official web site.  They don't go on sale or get discounted ever.  Never, ever, ever.  They are not sold wholesale to boutiques or sold on the street or at purse partys.

My Speedy 25 got damaged somehow (see the nick in the piping).  I took it to the Louis Vuitton Store in Vancouver to have it repaired and they replaced it on the spot explaining that the piping was not installed correctly.  As happy as I was that the problem was solved,  it was like giving up my best friend, I hated to see her go.  The leather on this one was just getting to that nice shade of honey.

My original speedy, with her little "nick".

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