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. No, instead, I’m here to heap a little but of much-deserved admiration on Louis Vuitton’s Epi Leather.

Epi Leather was introduced in 1985 as the brand’s first permanent leather line, and it’s been beloved for its durability and vivid color selection ever since. The leather is dyed, printed with Epi’s famous three-dimensional wave pattern and then painted with a color-matching top coating, which ensures the colors are especially bright and makes the leather very resistant to water and wear. There’s a reason Epi bags are so popular on the resale market: they require very little care to look virtually new for years.

Perhaps best of all, Epi is a little more subtle than the materials normally associated with LV. You still get the brand’s incredible craftsmanship and design, but in a slightly more discreet package and without the astronomical prices of Vuitton’s more fragile and expensive smooth leathers. For us, that’s a win-win. Check out some of our current favorite Epi Leather bags and accessories below.

Louis Vuitton Cluny BB Bag
$2,500 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Epi Alma BB Bag
$1,590 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Epi Neverful MM Tote
$2,050 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Epi Petite Noe Bag
$2,050 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Epi Soufflot Bag
$2,500 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Epi Zippy Wallet
$905 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Louise Epi PM Bag
$1,960 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Phenix PM Epi Tote
$2,680 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Wallet
$1,620 via Louis Vuitton

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Louis Vuitton Twist MM Bag
$4,400 via Louis Vuitton

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Guest
Guest
6 years ago

Love, Love, Love LV Epi.

Theresa
Theresa
6 years ago

My first LV was an Epi Alma. I LOVED Epi until they started to use black glazing instead of the matching color, if that makes sense.

Tinsley Proust
Tinsley Proust
6 years ago

I love the look of Epi, but I can’t stand the feeling. I have an Epi leather Noé and I never use it. It just doesn’t feel luxurious.

Tinsley Proust
Tinsley Proust
6 years ago

I love the look of Epi, but I can’t stand the feeling. I have an Epi leather Noé and I never use it. It just doesn’t feel luxurious.

Jerri R
Jerri R
6 years ago

#10 is my new love!

Kate
Kate
6 years ago

I’m an LV devotee. I love the durability of its epi line. I have a Keepall that is indestructible. Still looks pretty new after a decade of abuse and frequent travel. It would survive a nuclear blast, I’m sure.

JC
JC
6 years ago
Reply to  Kate

I agree, I have an epi Alma in Moca which I love.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
6 years ago

I’m not a big fan of the epi, but I like saffiano leather. Go figure.

Lori
Lori
6 years ago

A friend just bought the Eip Neverfull in black. It is gorgeous!

SerenLuv
SerenLuv
6 years ago

I received the LV Alma GM epi in black patent as a gift a few years ago. It is absolutely gorgeous and one of my favorite bags. It is my only LV bag also.

Smithy
Smithy
6 years ago

Epi too tactile. More smooth, less sandpaper.

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