If we can say that something is indisputable in the world of luxury handbags, is that Louis Vuitton is the most recognized brand in the world. To understand its story, we need to go back to the 19th century. In fact, its history is one of the things that makes Louis Vuitton so successful and wins the loyalty of its customers.

Within the long journey of the Louis Vuitton house, the bag that has stood out among the others has always been the Speedy model. No doubt, an icon of the label that any bag lover should have.

On the contrary to what might seem, this model was introduced in the year 1930. In fact, the Speedy actually arose from the need to adapt the classic travel model Keepall to a size that could be used daily. Therefore, the Speedy was the first handbag “per se” designed by Louis Vuitton. Before that they have been building its reputation around the strength of its suitcases and larger travel bags.

The Keepall bag, predecessor of the Speedy

In the early days, this model was known as the Express, derived from the era of automobiles and new appliances from the United States. Shortly after its introduction, it was renamed to Speedy, given the desire to live the accelerated lifestyle of that time.

The original size was 30 cm, which made it easier to carry on a day-to-day basis without sacrificing its spaciousness. But in 1965, the actress Audrey Hepburn asked the Louis Vuitton house for an even smaller version, giving birth to the Speedy 25.

Audrey Hepburn taking the Speedy 25 in different occasions

Nowadays you can find the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag in its original size (30-cm), in the 25-cm model and also in its 35-cm or 40-cm one. A fact: there is even a Nano size, adapting the bag to the different needs of the modern women. This way, the Speedy can be used on any occasion.

The Speedy family in its different sizes

The materials used to make the Speedy has also evolved over the years. In its beginnings, it was made of smooth plain canvas, but along the years Vuitton began to produce it with monogram canvas. Today you can also find it in blue and white Damier canvas and Epi leather. Even the Neo Speedy model was recreated in 2005, using a monogram denim fabric stamp.

The incorporation of Marc Jacobs in 1997 as creative director of Louis Vuitton has given rise to multiple versions of the Speedy, fruit of collaborations and inspiration of artists such as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince or Yayoi Kusama, among others.

Different artistic interventions in the Speedy: Stephen Sprouse, Richard Prince and Yayoi Kusama

With such a historic heritage that starts at the beginning of the 20th century, it is right to say that if you buy today a Speedy bag, you would be buying a piece of Louis Vuitton past.

So, what are you waiting for to come to CBL Bags and get your Louis Vuitton history piece?

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