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The 13 Current and Classic Louis Vuitton Handbags That Every Bag Lover Should Know Right Now

Your primer on the iconic brand's most famous and intriguing bags

Louis Vuitton is the world’s biggest handbag brand in several senses. Not only does it have the biggest valuation of all luxury brands, but Vuitton also turns out a mind-boggling number designs every season, both brand new and decades old. Because not everyone has been following the high-end handbag market for years like so many of our regular readers, we’d imagine all that variety might be intimidating for shoppers new to bags or just new to the brand. But, we’re here to help!

Below, check out over a dozen of the brand’s most important currently available designs, from longstanding classics to new bags shaping the future of Vuitton’s accessories business. If you’re looking for a place to start, this is it.

Louis Vuitton Alma Bag
$1,590 via Louis Vuitton

The Alma debuted in the 1930s and is still around in a variety of sizes, colors and fabrications today. For our money, the BB size, with its shrunken proportions and optional crossbody strap, is super chic.

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Louis Vuitton Capucines Bag
$4,800 via Louis Vuitton

The Capucines debuted just a few years ago, during a time when Louis Vuitton was focusing on increasing its leather business alongside its super popular canvases, and the style has continued to thrive through a change in creative director.

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Louis Vuitton City Steamer Bag
$3,250 via Louis Vuitton

Although Louis Vuitton is one of the only brands that could be described as an Hermès competitor, the brand never really had an answer to the Birkin until the City Steamer debuted for Cruise 2016. Since then, the City Steamer line has expanded to include mini and east-west versions; many more variations are likely in the works.

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Louis Vuitton Lockit Bag
$3,150 via Louis Vuitton

The Lockit first debuted in 1958 and has been redesigned twice since then, first in 2006 and then again in 2014. The 2006 version is what you see above, and it’s still available in certain sizes and materials. The 2014 redesign is now the dominant version, and it’s often referred to as the Soft Lockit for its slouchy leather look.

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Louis Vuitton Montaigne Bag
$3,250 via Louis Vuitton

The Montaigne might not be known by name outside of intense LV fan circles, but every bag lover has almost certainly seen this bestseller on an arm or two or ten. In comes in a wide variety of sizes, colors and materials, from sturdy Monogram Canvas to supple Monogram Empreinte leather.

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Louis Vuitton Neverfull Bag
$2,050 via Louis Vuitton

The Neverfull is so popular and useful that it’s hard to believe it hasn’t always been a part of the brand’s identity. Instead, it’s a relatively new arrival (it made its debut in 2007) but has won over countless shoppers looking for a lightweight, roomy bag for everything from daily laptop-lugging to air travel.

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Louis Vuitton Noé Bag
$1,440 via Louis Vuitton

The Noé (and the bucket bag as a genre) was created in 1932 when a French Champagne producer asked Louis Vuitton to create a bag that could transport five bottles of its product. As it turns out, the design has proved useful for carrying tons of other stuff, which has turned the Noé into one of the brand’s enduring classics for decaes.

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Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag
$34,000 via Louis Vuitton

The Petite Malle was one of current creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere’s first creations after he took over the brand from Marc Jacobs, and the little trunk-inspired bag has informed many of the accessories the brand has produced since its debut, including an upcoming iPhone case that has the whole industry talking.

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Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires
$500 via Louis Vuitton

For a lot of women, this tiny bag is where their Louis Vuitton collections start at a young age. It’s relatively affordable and useful for a night out, and when you grow out of it, the bag can be transitioned to a handy travel piece for packing small things.

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Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis Bag
$1,700 via Louis Vuitton

The Pochette Metis has only been around since 2012, and for the first few years of its life, it flew under the radar. Since 2015, though, the bag has increased exponentially in popularity–so much so that there’s a 300+ page on our PurseForum dedicated to discussing how to track one down in store and how long the wait is in various parts of the world.

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Louis Vuitton SC Bag
$4,550 via Louis Vuitton

2007 was a big year of Vuitton. Not only did the Neverfull make its debut, but so did the SC Bag, designed in collaboration with filmmaker Sofia Coppola. At the time, Vuitton’ soft leather offerings weren’t well-known, and the SC’s success (especially among Copolla’s fabulous celebrity friends) helped put that part of the brand’s business on the map. Almost a decade later, the SC is still going strong and looks as classic and chic as ever.

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Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
$970 via Louis Vuitton

The Speedy needs little introduction. Among even Louis Vuitton’s stacked lineup of classics and famous bags, the Speedy is the most famous of all, with a shape adapted from the brand’s long-running Keepall bags for everyday use. (The 30, which is the bag’s most popular size, was created at the behest of Audrey Hepburn.)

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Louis Vuitton Twist Bag
$4,100 via Louis Vuitton

The Twist is another of Nicolas Ghesquiere’s biggest debuts for the brand, and like the City Steamer, it filled a functional spot in the brand’s lineup: a simple, chain-strapped flap bag.

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missarewa
missarewa
7 years ago

I love my epi Alma. It’s one of two bags that I own that I can’t ever see myself letting go of. After many years of buying all sorts of totes and trying to be unique, I’ve finally caved in and I will be getting a monogram Neverfull. The weight and durability of canvas was what sealed the deal for me. Sometimes, a bag is everywhere and too common because it just works.

Sparky
Sparky
7 years ago
Reply to  missarewa

I’m starting to cave in too! For the first time I’m seriously considering getting a canvas Neverfull (though I prefer the Epi). I completely agree with your last sentence – sometimes you have to overlook ubiquity because a prticular product works so well.

Canuck65
Canuck65
7 years ago

Should add the soft lockit to this list

Jewish Chick
Jewish Chick
7 years ago

Wow I recall when I purchased the Pochette, it was $140 USD at Saks!!! And I still use it as a makeup bag all these years later!!!

Holly Stanton
Holly Stanton
7 years ago
Reply to  Jewish Chick

How many years ago?

Jennifer
Jennifer
7 years ago

I thought Audrey Hepburn was the muse behind the Speedy 25… since the 30 was too big for her?

LBReader
LBReader
7 years ago

Audrey Hepburn inspired the 25 bc the 30 was too large for her.

hectorrobertocontrerasmiranda
hectorrobertocontrerasmiranda
7 years ago

Amanda, I thought we had cleared the Alma thing, it is not from the 30’s! The bag that inspired the ‘Squire’ bag that latter inspired the ‘Marceau’ that then was reworked to the current ‘Alma’ shape is indeed from the 30’s. Also the Lockit on the photo is the 2012 version, slightly modified from the 2011 runway version which is more minimalist than the suhali version from 2006-7 (L’inviolable, I believe it was called) which was a bigger departure from the other version that was also available at the same time but was more similar to the original ‘Fourré tout’ from the 50’s. And then in 2013 someone at the company decided to curve the opening of the ‘W’ bag and add the classic leather tab to lock it up and called it ‘Soft Lock It’.
And believe when I say I HATE to disagree with you

Levioong
Levioong
7 years ago

I am planning to have a twist bag but taken back with the price. I mean no doubt it is gorgeous, but $5000 ?
Because i owned few from this brand, and as far as i remember the last time i bought my bag (abt 2.5 years ago), the price range between 2-3k for a medium or large size one. What happened? I am so surprised with the price jump

vrgal0813
vrgal0813
7 years ago

Two weeks ago, I purchased my first LV after looking at them for the past 8 – 10 years. I went into the store in my area and tried on probably 6-8 bags before deciding on the Delightful PM in Damier Ebene with a crossbody strap (extra). I had a $ limit and after the bag and the strap and a purse charm, I probably exceeded it, but I have to say I’m ecstatic! I LOVE it! It’s lightweight and perfect and I love the red stripe lining. The interesting thing to me is that I was in love with the Delightful GM and it was the first bag I ever looked at online and then I ended up choosing the Delightful PM. I know PM’s are supposed to be the smallest choice, but in the Delightful, it’s not small at all and is just perfect! Oh, did I say that already? I also have discovered that it’s like tattoos, once you get one, you start thinking about the next. It may be awhile, but I will have another! (of both-lol)

Eli Last
Eli Last
7 years ago

what about Massaccesi Handbags?? i love their designs and the leathers…are just WOW .
here’s the link : http://www.marcomassaccesi.it/en/shop
what do you think about this brand? o
pinions?

Dayton
Dayton
5 years ago

I have a Pochette Accessories for sale gently used!