In my mind, the use of colored leather to contrast with monogram canvas is the most notable thing that's happened to Louis Vuitton's bag collection as a whole since Nicolas Ghesquiere succeeded Marc Jacobs as creative director. Before that, the leather used in women's monogram bags was ivory vachetta, with few exceptions, and the willingness to explore other accent colors immediately put Ghesquiere's stamp on one of the brand's signatures and made monogram feel freshly updated for the next phase in its history. For Fall 2018, Louis Vuitton is continuing the look with a series of bags featuring sleek leather stripes.
The collection includes both new and old classics from the Alma to Neonoe, as well as some of the brand's popular day bags that don't have name recognition that's quite as wide as the brand's most famous pieces. The bodies of the bags are either Epi leather or monogram, and the doubled, down-the-middle stripes come in two combinations: navy and red or red and pink. Those pairings give the bags a crisp, preppy quality, which is especially welcome on the monogram bags, which can tend toward flashiness.
The Epi bags, meanwhile, have sort of a race care feel to them, but in a retro way that's not too intrusively sporty. Overall, these bags made me surprised that we've never see Louis Vuitton do something like this before (with the exception of Mon Monogram, which offers customizable painted stripes), because the striping feels like a natural addition to both the logo print and the solid-color leather.
Check out the bags currently available from this line below; some of them are available from immediate purchase from the website, while others will require a call to LV customer service to locate them in a store and ship.