Louis Vuitton Epi Speedy Bag from What Goes Around Comes Around

The more people get used to shopping for luxury goods online, the more they want options, especially when it comes to things that are vintage, pre-owned or no longer available in regular stores. (Or sold in very limited retail locations, like Louis Vuitton or Chanel.) Several types services, from dedicated luxury re-sellers like Portero to flash sale sites like Rue La La, to traditional auction houses like Heritage Auctions that now offer online options for luxury goods, have sprung up to meet those desires, but some retailers like ShopBop are taking the search for vintage designer handbags into their own hands.

Alexa Chung carries a Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag and Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag (5)

Here’s Alexa Chung once again, prowling the streets of Manhattan with an adorable black Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag and a customized Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Keepall Bag. We just spotted Alexa last week towing her Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase around NYC.

Louis Vuitton Naxos Keepall 45 Bandouliere

As a real, live single woman in her 20s who is dating in New York City, I make a lot of small talk with dudes who I don’t know very well. Almost invariably, when a dude finds out what I do for a living, first he wants to tell me about that time where he spent an “exorbitant” amount of money (usually less than $600 – straight guys and their bags are so adorable) on a bag that he actually loves, and it was totally worth it, so he understands the whole handbag thing.

Rebel Wilson carries a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Speedy Bag in NYC (5)

Here’s one of my fave funny gals, Rebel Wilson, mucking about in midtown Manhattan and carrying a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Speedy 30 Bag. I love how Rebel’s stripe and monogram customization perfectly match the shade of her lip color.

Alexa Chung wheels a Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase around Manhattan (5)

Louis Vuitton luggage has been a fairly hot topic here on PB as of late. I’ve read your comments extensively, and PB reader feelings on the issue are pretty neatly divided between, “It’s tacky and overpriced,” and, “If you can afford it, flaunt it.” Today we’re not dealing with massive piles of LV, just a single, customized Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Pegase Suitcase that’s being wheeled around NYC by none other than Alexa Chung.

Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick and Kris Jenner hit London with Hermes Birkins and a boatload of Louis Vuitton luggage (1)

Today’s post is a little different from our usual celeb features – the pic you see above is obviously an unnecessarily massive pile of Louis Vuitton luggage belonging to half of the Kardashian clan – Kris, Kourtney, Scott, Mason, baby Penelope, and their assorted handlers.

Louis Vuitton Damier Speedy Bag

As Christina Passariello wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal article, Louis Vuitton, with its flagging growth and logo-covered bags, now finds itself in the throes of the fashion business’ most baffling paradox – how do you sell bags to as many people as possible without becoming a company that’s associated with mass-market consumerism instead of rarified luxury?

Louis Vuitton Alma Bag Chic on the Bridge Ad Campaign, featuring Karlie Kloss (4)

Louis Vuitton is at it again. The brand is known for its striking ad campaigns, featuring everything from romantic train scenes to Muhammad Ali and his trusty Louis Vuitton Keepall, and for the classic Louis Vuitton Alma Bag, Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs has tapped models Karlie Kloss, Daria Strokous, Jac Jagaciak and Iris Strubegger to take the bags for a city stroll.

Louis Vuitton Monceau BB Bag Piment Epi

The best things about Louis Vuitton, in my view, are the sheer volume of handbag designs the company produces every season and the enormous leather goods history on which Vuitton has to draw. For the Louis Vuitton Monceau BB, new for Spring 2013, both of those uniquely Vuitton elements come in to play; the result is a beautiful, modern take on an old favorite.

Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Handbags (10)

There are few sure things in life (other than death and taxes, as the old trope goes), but a bevy of beautiful handbags at a Louis Vuitton show is absolutely on that short list. The company makes no bones about the importance of leather goods to its business, and creative director Marc Jacobs always makes sure to put the best of the best on display for editors, buyers and LV fans alike.