For fashion lovers, handbag aficionados, and even the average joe, a mere mention of Louis Vuitton spurs visions of Monogram coated-canvas dancing in one’s head. Then, there’s the brand’s iconic Damier check, which also comes in a coated canvas material and is just as popular, appearing on Vuitton’s most-loved silhouettes. And while Louis Vuitton Monogram is not only incredibly unmatched in both style and durability, making it an obvious choice for handbag lovers of all generations, its Epi leather should be just as coveted, but sometimes it feels like Epi leather doesn’t get the love it deserves.

A Brief Introduction to Louis Vuitton Epi Leather

The micro-textured cowhide leather that we know fondly as Epi leather dates all the way back to the 1920s when the glossy grained lather was used on luggage during the mid-20th century. Then, in 1985, it was revived as the House’s first permanent leather line, and it remains in production to this very day. Yet even still, it sometimes feels like Epi leather is the forgotten child of the Vuitton family.

How is Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Made?

The process of creating this House classic is rather unique, as the leather is dyed and then printed with the unique, three-dimensional Epi pattern. Later, a topcoat that matches the leather’s color is painted on, locking in a bold, bright hue no matter what the color may be. This detailed and meticulous process also ensures durability, as Epi leather can withstand water and your everyday wear and tear.

A Rainbow of Colors

Besides its durability and classic style, Epi leather is available in a multitude of colors from neutrals like black, beige, and navy blue to the brightest pinks, purples, yellows, and greens. There are many colors to choose from, both on the primary and the secondary market. While the colors the Maison produces are ever-changing, rotating from season to season, there is truly something for everyone. Earlier this year, I discovered Louis Vuitton’s purple Epi leather, and it was at that moment that I realized how underappreciated Epi leather can be.

Arguably some of the best bags from the House come in Epi leather, and with Epi leather, there’s this understated elegance that only a bag that is a bit under-the-radar can ooze. Epi leather bags not only beg to be seen, but they give off that ‘if you know, you know’ confidence. They are the perfect everyday companion for men and women alike, regardless of age. Timeless, iconic, yet modern at the same time, and incredibly crafted too, Epi leather is an investment that will remain relevant for generations.

As handbag lovers, we definitely are in the know, and I can’t help but wonder why Epi leather continues to fly under the radar when it should be front and center.

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Jill
Jill
8 months ago

I have the Neo Noe in black Epi, it is so lightweight yet incredibly sturdy, gorgeous yet indestructible I love it! I also have a vintage Epi Noe from 1995 and the only thing that looks old on it is the hardware, the rest is pristine! After 27 years!

Sophie
Sophie
8 months ago

My Alma in black Épi Electric is a stunner and one of my most used bag. ❤️

Cher
Cher
8 months ago

I have a small collection and would want one in every color! Dream piece: Alma in Anthracite Nacre (pearly gunpowder!)

Maia
Maia
8 months ago

Would love to have Alma BB in patchouli color epi leather. Turquoise would be awesome too! 💙💙

“Epi leather bags not only beg to be seen, but they give off that ‘if you know, you know’ confidence. ”
That’s absolutely true!

Ed B
Ed B
8 months ago

I really like my epi wallet, however it’s not the texture I like for handbags – I like those soft unless it’s a small clutch, and even then, soft leather is still preferable to me.

For SLG though? Epi is amazing!

Lisa Williams
Lisa Williams
8 months ago

I recently found a preloved speedy in Epi that is also my very favorite color of green. The variety of shades is a huge appeal for me to gather together more of the Epi offerings.

Veronique
Veronique
8 months ago

Totally agree with this post! Epi is so underrated.

Jasmine
Jasmine
8 months ago

The epi leather is worth the price tag so much than the canvas. I have a Cluny BB in black epi leather and it has stood the test of time. Plus it looks very classy.

Cher
Cher
8 months ago
Reply to  Jasmine

Epi pieces offer great value compared to other collections!

Jasmine
Jasmine
8 months ago
Reply to  Cher

Yes agreed! Plus it’s rare to see people carrying LV in leather. Makes it all the more unique.

Chanel-Vuitton
Chanel-Vuitton
8 months ago

Any idea if the speedy b 25 will be made in noir epi leather? That would be my dream bag!

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