Louis Vuitton always has a seasonal handbag output that dwarfs its competitors. That makes sense—not only is LV the world's biggest luxury brand, but its heritage is entirely in leather goods, whereas most premium designer brands started with clothing. Even with that it mind, it seems like Vuitton has released more new lines in the last couple seasons than usual—we just caught up with the debut of the Time Trunk bags two weeks ago, and now the brand is at it again, this time with the Louis Vuitton Patches Bags.
The Patches line is what it sounds like—the brand has remade some of its most popular bags and small leather goods with fun graphics meant to evoke the patches and stickers applied to travel bags and trunks of the past. On an aesthetic level, the Patches bags are very similar to the My LV World Tour line, which allows shoppers to pick their own patches and apply them to popular monogram pieces for women or Damier Graphite travel gear for men, resulting in a customized bag. With this line, the embellishments come pre-chosen, and the price point is slightly higher for reasons that are not totally clear. In most circumstances, I'd expect a customized bag to be more expensive, simply because they have to be manufactured one at a time.
All of the Patches bags use a monogram base, and the line includes classic bags like the Neverfull Tote, Alma PM, Pochette Metis and Bandouliere Speedy. If Louis Vuitton is indeed doing more one-off seasonal lines, its not difficult to see why: The brand's fans have a seemingly bottomless interest in new versions of monogram classics. Seasonal embellished releases are a great way to create repeat buyers for some of the brand's most popular styles, and even though this line just launched, several of the styles are already sold out online. Check out the bags and small leather goods from the collection below, along with their pricing information.