For many, exotic bags are the pinnacle of the designer bag world. Many of us own bags that others have as well, a bag we may see on the street or on social media channels often, but majority of exotic bags are rare and sometimes one-of-a-kind. Two years ago we had the pleasure of seeing an array of the extraordinary exotic bags Louis Vuitton has to offer and a couple of weeks ago on a yacht in Miami we were delighted to be given the opportunity again (more on that soon).
Seeing a brand’s rarities is a delight, it’s something many may not see in person as majority of stores don’t have these bags on their shelves. The Louis Vuitton fan base and client list is vast, and while majority carry its leather wares, there is a collector base for the exotics as well. Louis Vuitton’s exotic handbag offerings have been growing, with more of the most coveted styles we all know being finished in beautiful skins as well as outstanding and intriguing color combinations and finishes.
I am able to see many bags in person, but it’s far less common to get an exotic bag in my hands (in this case white glove hands so as not to add any of my oils to the skins of these bags). We were able to check out the Louis Vuitton Pont 9 Crocodilien Mat in person, and this bag stopped Vlad and I in our handbag loving tracks. The Louis Vuitton Pont 9 was released earlier this year and stands out for its ladylike lines and compact yet versatile shape and size. The design is inspired by vintage Louis Vuitton pieces, and each comes together to offer a modern day take on old House staples.
This version is crafted from matte crocodilian skin and has a bright red goatskin lining. The LV circle magnetic closure sits atop the center of the bag and on the interior you’ll find two inside compartments, a flat pocket, and a zipped pocket. The strap, while adjustable, is not removable. The Louis Vuitton Pont 9 has grown on me, and as this year changed our dressing style to even more casual, I’ve found myself more drawn to structured carries perfectly sized for daily wear. There are of course leather versions of the Pont 9, but if you found yourself interested in an exotic version, this is truly breathtaking. The price is approximately $31,500 via Louis Vuitton.
And speaking of breathtaking, the Louis Vuitton Capucines is one of the most recognized and sophisticated Louis Vuitton shapes. This rendition, the Louis Vuitton Capucines BB in Python, features Emeraude Python skin which is a deep and brilliant hue of green with nods of black that were on the natural skin before it was treated and dyed. This iconic Capucines BB further shows the House’s tradition of craftsmanship with the signature LV initials wrapped in the sample skin. The flap of the bag can be worn inside or outside which offers two different looks and there’s an inside compartment, interior zipped pocket and a snap hook to secure your belongings. The strap on this bag is both removable and adjustable which allows for this to easily be used as more of an evening bag carried by hand or a luxe daily carry with the longer strap which offers a more hands free approach. The Price is $10,100 via Louis Vuitton.
There are many other exotic bags from the brand, some are classic while others are entirely alluring with out of the box finishes and color combinations. Check out the gallery below for some of my favorites. As always, more information is available on LouisVuitton.com and you can inquire with a store if you are interested in any of Louis Vuitton’s exotic offerings.