For most large brands, men’s bags are something of and afterthought. If a satchel or tote design works well in the women’s line, it gets simplified, enlarged and made more neutral in order to appeal to dudes, and that’s about as far as most brands go when it comes to innovative design for their male fanbases.
Louis Vuitton debuted an expansive Cruise 2017 collection in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earlier this week, but news out of the South American country wasn’t all positive for the French luxury brand. According to the New York Times, the Vuitton store in Rio’s upscale Ipanema neighborhood was robbed Tuesday morning, only two days after the attention-grabbing show.
When people think of Louis Vuitton bags, they usually think of either the brand’s ubiquitous brown and beige monogram, or maybe one of its equally iconic Damier check prints. As with most things, though, the real treasures lie just below the surface, and I’m not talking about all of the smooth leather bags Nicolas Ghesquiere has introduced in his tenure at Vuitton.
Our Ultimate Bag Guides series is where we highlight all the need-to-know information (prices, size comparisons, colors and availability, among other salient details) of the high-end accessories market’s most sought-after bags, and today, we’re adding an absolute classic to that list: the Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag.
During his 16-year tenure at the helm of Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs tended to experiment with prints in a few specific ways; either he went for straightforward takes on the brand’s iconic monogram and Damier patterns, or he brought in an art world titan to shake up the monogram for a limited edition capsule collection.
All four global fashion weeks have distinct strengths and weaknesses, and high-end bags is always one of New York’s. We’re a city that churns out some of the finest contemporary options in the world, from Mansur Gavriel to Coach, but once you start climbing the price ladder, things get a little bit tricker in the good ol’ US of A.
Yesterday, someone asked me what I thought about the new crop of Louis Vuitton bags from the brand’s Fall 2016 runway, and the first thing that sprang to mind was, “Well, there’s a lot going on.” I don’t mean that in a bad way (the collection is often excellent), but it also means I don’t know where to start.