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.