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Purseonals: Louis Vuitton Rose Des Vents

An honest look at my Parisian impulse purchase

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Some of you may remember when I wrote about my purchase of the Louis Vuitton Rose Des Vents in early spring. Suffice to say, my post was met with quite a bit of discussion.

Here’s a quick refresher: The SA I purchased the bag from in Paris claimed this specific Rose Des Vents (pictured above) was “limited edition” and “one of only 47 ever made.” Four months later, I now realize the SA was far from truthful. In fact, the tactics he used were shady at best, which is something many commenters noted when the story went live. Though some thought I was naive or shortsighted to believe him, it’s important to understand that his convincing wasn’t why I decided to impulse purchase the bag. It was a sentimental experience I wanted to share with my mother. (More on that later.)

That’s why I’m giving a transparent review of a bag I knew little about before my purchase. I learned quite a few things from this lovely orange lady, and I hope you can take away something from it, too.

Aesthetics

Before my first interaction with the Rose Des Vents, I had never seen a Louis Vuitton like this before. At first glance, it’s sleek, structured, practical (various interior dividers and pockets), and is noticeably void of a large LV logo.

Though some have said it bears striking resemblance to the Celine 16 or the Hermès Kelly, dig a little deeper and you’ll notice the Rose Des Vents isn’t quite like either.

The leather appears tough and structured to the eye, but features a soft and easy-to-maneuver texture. With a top handle and crossbody strap, it can be worn in a multitude of ways, adding to its functionality. I appreciate that it isn’t overly branded in LV, and instead appears as a somewhat anonymous handbag.

Available in a handful of colors (black, creme, kaki, and amaretto), the orange hue pictured above (which LV labels amaretto) is the most fun, in my opinion, and gives the bag an edge. Admittedly, I was nervous to buy a piece in such a bright color. (This is actually my first!)

But over the last few months, I’ve realized a pop of color (especially for someone with a mostly neutral wardrobe) is an easy way of elevating an outfit. I find the creme version absolutely stunning as well, despite its potential for color transfer. I’d steer clear of the black and kaki, as there are other bags that look very similar.

All in all, the juxtaposition of the grained calf leather together with smooth calf leather allows it to seamlessly transition from day to night. The gold-tone LV padlock and a calf leather key bell make it a practical and sophisticated bag, both for special occasions or everyday use.

Usability + Functionality

One of the most appealing factors of the bag is its functionality. I was prepared to only use this bag on special occasions (given the color as well), despite the website’s description of the style as an “everyday bag.” But in the last four months, I find myself reaching for it more than many others, including my Prada Medium Galleria and Chanel Flap.

Available in MM and PM (I have the PM), the Rose Des Vents is one of the easiest bags I’ve handled. Despite the lock closure and top handle, it’s convenient to reach in and out of. With soft calfskin leather lined throughout the bottom half, it’s roomy and fits more than enough (water bottle included!).

There’s a large interior divider, which also features a small pocket inside, as well as additional small pockets and zippers on both sides of the divider, allowing one to organize all belongings.

Day to day, I most often wear it crossbody as holding it strictly by the top handle becomes tricky when trying to reach inside for something. The crossbody strap is unfortunately on the longer side, too. Though there’s a way to alter the size by a couple of inches, I would have appreciated a bit more room to make it longer (or in my case, shorter).

Quality + Construction

You can expect the same kind of quality and construction of this bag as with any other Louis Vuitton piece. The leather is thick and durable, and the top handle flap, though sleek, is lightly coated, preventing it from easy scratching and scuffing.

Given I’ve used this bag more than I intended, I was worried it would start to show, especially around the top flap. So far, so good – for now. While it’s inevitable that it will begin to wear, I’ve been able to throw it over my shoulder, into my car, and around my apartment without any major damage. As with any bag, however, I try my best to avoid direct scratching as I know it will most definitely leave a mark.

As the bottom portion of the bag is soft calfskin, I’ve noticed a slight tilt when it’s empty. I usually stuff all my bags when not in use, but this particular one needs a little something extra. I fear overtime the shape will become flat when empty, so I’ve taken extra precaution when storing it.

Price + Value

I won’t sugarcoat it: This bag is expensive. Ringing in at $4,000 and $4,250 for the larger version, it’s almost the cost of a Chanel Medium Flap. I didn’t bat an eye while purchasing it because it was more so about the experience than the potential for resale.

If you have the money, I’m confident you’d be pleased with it. However, if you’re starting your collection or in the midst of acquiring classic bag styles (with a better potential for consignment), I’d pass on the Rose Des Vents.

While it’s a beautiful addition to any collection, there are many other fun, quality, and brightly colored bags that won’t cost you as much. I would not have purchased it in the States for that price because I know if I try to consign or resell it, I would be lucky to get half of the original price, at most.

Staying Power

When I purchased the Rose Des Vents, there was no telling how well it would be received. Nearly half a year later, it’s still available for purchase online and in boutiques. It’s difficult to say how long this bag will remain available as seasons change, though.

Either way, the shape, color, and style are timeless. Given its similarity to the Kelly, the boxy flap with a metal closure won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. As for resale value, I’m not sure I’d get anywhere close to what I paid, despite its immaculate condition, purely because it’s not considered a “classic” style. It’s a shame, but that’s the reality of purse-buying.

Overall Rating

For me (and probably for many of you), this bag works. It’s unique; it features the brand’s iconic color; and it’s unbelievably understated compared to other LVs.

Even though there are more than 47 orange Rose des Vents journeying throughout the world, I know I still would have bought it because of the significance it will forever hold, reminding me of my trip to Paris with my mother.

Looking at it objectively, the bag is a stunner but definitely overpriced given the uncertainty surrounding its staying power. I love that I now have one fun-colored bag in my collection, but going forward, I think I’ll stay within the margins of the classics, bags I know I’ll always be able to get something back for.

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Nancy
Nancy
4 years ago

Clarissa, I really like your writing style. You’re definitely an asset to the Purse Blog team. I don’t have any LV bags. I don’t care for the monogram bags and am not ready to purchase the very expensive (to me) leather versions. But I’d love to see a review of your entire collection.

Cat
Cat
4 years ago

It looks amazing on you. I’d never considered it before seeing your pics, but you make me want one! And this orange tone is definitely the right color choice!

I rather like the flattening. I always love a bag that looks loved, like Jane Birkin’s Birkin.

I do dislike the edge paint though. My personal preference is tonal edge paint; it’s a small attention to detail that somehow elevates the overall look.

Manolos21
Manolos21
4 years ago

I actually find this bag super beautiful, and I think that the bag will have staying power because it’s pretty classic looking. Given the lack of huge logos or gimmicky features, I think it’ll look totally in place even in 5 or 10 years. The bag is indeed a little bit pricey, and new collectors probably wouldn’t want to start with a bag like this, but if money is no object, I think it’s a very nice piece to have in your collection!

Nancy
Nancy
4 years ago

Clarissa, I really like your writing style. You’re definitely an asset to the Purse Blog team. I don’t have any LV bags. I don’t care for the monogram bags and am not ready to purchase the very expensive (to me) leather versions. But I’d love to see a review of your entire collection.

Clarissa Buch
Clarissa Buch
4 years ago
Reply to  Nancy

Thank you so much! Depending on the bag, LV’s quality is great (in my experience) and may be worth a look in the future. I’ll definitely try to review more bags going forward!

Karlie
Karlie
4 years ago

This bag is beautiful and your writing flowed seamlessly. (I don’t necessarily critique writing skills, but it just read beautifully). Also, I love that you enjoyed this experience with your Mother. Hopefully, for this reason you will retain it forever and look at it with fond memories. Enjoy!

JH
JH
4 years ago

I really enjoyed this Purseonals. I agree with the others who like the writing style. I also appreciate the honesty of this piece. I think this bag will be a keeper because of the lack of logos and the classic design but we will see.

circafashion
circafashion
4 years ago

Gorgeous bag!!

Lucy Watson Prendergast
Lucy Watson Prendergast
4 years ago

I love this bag so much. You wear it so well!!!

sophstress
sophstress
4 years ago

How long is the crossbody strap?

Clarissa Buch
Clarissa Buch
4 years ago
Reply to  sophstress

The minimum drop is 19.7 inches, and max is 20.4 inches.

LuluRey
LuluRey
4 years ago

It actually sounds like you’re not in love with this bag and you’re trying to convince yourself that you’re glad you bought it. Or maybe Megs is just freer with her star ratings? I was surprised you only gave it 3/5 stars for quality/ construction considering all the wonderful things (and zero negatives) in the paragraph below the rating.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
Megs Mahoney Dusil
4 years ago
Reply to  LuluRey

I always feel like I am kinder with my stars than I ought to be, but Vlad says it’s just part of my personality 🙂

Clarissa Buch
Clarissa Buch
4 years ago
Reply to  LuluRey

Though the bag is gorgeous, the fact that it is flattening six months post purchase is an issue for me. That coupled with the fact that it tilts when empty is why I chose to give it three stars. When compared with the price, I feel as if the bag should be able to hold its own a lot better than it has. It’s all a give and take, but hope that clarifies a bit!

Polkadotbird
Polkadotbird
4 years ago

Thanks for the review! Very clear look at the bag.

Honestly, I think the ever-increasing cost of bags is such a factor in how satisfied anyone can feel with a bag unless you expect to use it for many, many years to come – which is a lot to ask of a fashion item! I wish brands would reconsider their pricing strategies.

Christinia Peake
Christinia Peake
4 years ago

Classic look to it.

Wing Hei
Wing Hei
4 years ago

I’d rather spend my money on a Celine 16.

Amazona
Amazona
4 years ago

A good and honest review and good writing.
The bag looks nice but I think I’ve seen that style so often it’s a bit meh. Personally, I would spend much money on a bag that only scores 3/5 but the one who pays also decides.

MademoiselleConnasse
MademoiselleConnasse
4 years ago

I like this bag and I think the fact that it’s understated makes it even more attractive.

MademoiselleConnasse
MademoiselleConnasse
4 years ago

I like this bag and I think the fact that it’s understated makes it even more attractive.

Heart_of_au
Heart_of_au
4 years ago

I love this bag but it’s so darn expensive. And I just know if I get the orange, I’ll never ever wear it.

Yaffa S. Porat
Yaffa S. Porat
4 years ago

Clarissa, your bag is gorgeous. I love the crossbody length on you! The price is ridiculous and the padlock is non-functional to me.

Ash
Ash
4 years ago

I don’t think that the Client advisor not “SA” tried to lie to you. It is a limited edition color and I’m sure only 40 something were available at the time. If they make more it won’t be by a lot; it’s a seasonal color. I can see LV pushiashng to make the bag permanent though. Especially since they have invested in so many and so many colors. I guess the consumers will decide on that. Perminent colors will only be blk/grey/ maybe pink though

Donna Warder
Donna Warder
4 years ago

It’s a beautiful bag, but I have no use for it.

Jessica
Jessica
4 years ago

I have several limited edition LV items I would like sell. What is the best online vendor to use?

ChanelNo416
ChanelNo416
4 years ago

This looks like the Chloe Aby. I know this because I’ve been obsessing with it since it’s release.
https://www.chloe.com/ca/shoulder-bag_cod45475279cf.html

A-shu
A-shu
4 years ago

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A-shu
A-shu
4 years ago

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