Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag Reference Guide: History, Releases, Leathers

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag Reference Guide: History, Releases, Leathers

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The name Speedy may make you believe that this bag is just a few decades old. Guess how old is this girl? She's over 90 years old!

History of the Iconic Speedy Bag

Louis Vuitton began in 1835 when a young boy set off on foot to Paris to find work. Twenty years later that boy opened Louis Vuitton Malletier. At first, they specialized in travel bags and luggage. They did not think about producing handbags.

Considering Louis Vuitton already had Keepall, a nice travel bag, in 1930 Georges Vuitton decided to take an experiment and release the smaller version of the Keepall. The Speedy became the very first handbag for the fashion house.

Yet in 1930 The Speedy bag is an integral part of the Louis Vuitton story as it was the first handbag that the brand ever produced.

A smaller version of the Keepall bag which Georges Vuitton introduced in 1930, the Speedy was the first bag that Vuitton suggested for everyday use. Originally a 30cm size, it was then created in a smaller 25cm size for Audrey Hepburn in 1965. Today it is available in the 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40cm sizes. A 45 Speedy is already a Keepall.

While the style of the bag has been reimagined over the decades (it can be found today in a variety of leathers, colors, and designs)  for the past 90 years the classic shape of this bag remains the same.

 The classic version of the bag consists largely of sturdy canvas with leather handles, which over the years darken to a dull patina. The canvas is waterproof, remains scratch-free and does not tear the perfect material for a ‘heavy-duty’ bag.

Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag Sizes

Originally a 30cm size, it is currently available in the 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40cm sizes.

Nano Speedy (Speedy 15)

A Louis Vuitton Speedy 15 is called Nano Speedy. It's available only in several leathers like a monogram and comes with a strap.

Speedy 20 

The Speedy 20 bag is available in leathers like cowhide and Empreinte leather or exotic leathers like python, adorned with the Monogram Print.

It's not available in Monogram or Damier Ebene print. Just like the Nano Speedy, this nice small bag comes with a strap. Several Speedy Limited Editions were released in this size only.

Speedy 25

Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 is a cute bag, 5" smaller than the regular Speedy size. This bag was released in many leathers, like Monogram, Damier Azur, Damier Ebene, Empreinte, etc. Several Speedy Limited Editions were released in this size only.

Speedy 30

Speedy 30 is the iconic bag as we know it. It was released in all the possible prints and colors.

Speedy 35

Speedy 30 is a little tight and small? No problem. Take size 35 which is one of the most popular sizes too. It's also been released in almost every print and leather.

Speedy 40

The largest Speedy size was only released in several prints like Monogram, Damier Azur and Damier Ebene.

 

History: Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag Price

Speedy is a ‘starter’ bag, it’s by far the cheapest bag at Louis Vuitton (not counting pockets and SLGs). The current price for Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 is 1020$ as of October 2018.

Yet it's interesting to compare how the price of the bag increases every year.

Classic Speedy Bags

Style

Oct 2018 Price

Mar 2014 price

Nov 2013 Price

Size

Louis Vuitton Speedy 25

1000$

950$

890$

9.84” x 7.48” x 5.91”

Louis Vuitton Speedy 30

1020$

970$

910$

11.8” x 8.3” x 6.7”

Louis Vuitton Speedy 35

1040$

995$

930$

13.8” x 9.0” x 7.0”

Louis Vuitton Speedy 40

1060$

1010$

950$

15.8” x 9.8” x 7.5”

 

You may notice that in 5 years the price has gone up for 110$ for each bag. Considering the price increases, buying a luxury bag may be a great idea cause you’re investing in a piece that is worth more every year.

Louis Vuitton Speedy Leathers

Over the years, the classic Speedy has been released in multiple types of leather, colors, and over 50 limited editions. Every year Louis Vuitton creative director Nicolas Ghesquere is reinventing the 90-year old design with new creative.

Speedy canvases: Monogram, Damier Azur, Damier Ebene, Multicolor

Speedy leathers: Epi, Empreinte, Exotic.

 

Full List of Louis Vuitton Speedy Limited Editions

 Picture Name Year Colors Sizes Original price Estimated resale price
louis vuitton speedy graffiti first limited edition 2001 Speedy Graffiti 2001 30 n/a 1200$
louis vuitton speedy cerises limited edition Speedy Cerises 2005 25 975$ 850$
louis vuitton neo speedy denim Neo Speedy Denim 2005, SS

blue, pink, green

30 1690$ 650$
louis vuitton perforated speedy 30 Perforated Speedy 2006, SS

green, pink, orange

30 1240$ 1400$
louis vuitton speedy fringe white multicolor Speedy Fringe 2006, SS

white, black

25 3150$ 2400$
louis vuitton speedy mirroir mirror silver bag limited edition Speedy Mirror 2006, FW

gold, silver

35 2100$ 1300$
louis vuitton speedy dentelle 2007 limited edition lace flowers Speedy Dentelle 2007

gold, silver

30 2350$ 1000$
louis vuitton speedy mirage 2007 limited edition bordeaux Speedy Mirage 2007 FW black, Bordeaux 30 1800$ 2100$
louis vuitton denim speedy limited edition Speedy Patchwork Denim 2007 SS blue, grey 30 2050$ 2000$
louis vuitton speedy mini lin limited edition Speedy Mini Lin 2008 Cruise dune, ebene,  white, pink  30 805$ 600$
louis vuitton speedy watercolor aquarelle with pink bag limited edition Speedy Watercolor Aquarelle 2008, SS white, brown 35, 30 1280$ 2000$
louis vuitton watercolor frame speedy with pink bag Speedy Frame Watercolor Aquarelle 2008, SS white, ostrich (orange, pink) 30 3600$ white
9000$ ostrich
2100$ white, ostrich negotiable
louis vuitton speedy monogramouflage green khaki bag Speedy Monogramouflage 2008, SS green 35 1580$ over 3000$
louis vuitton speedy cube bag black leather Speedy Cube 2008 FW black 20, 30 2910$ 2500$
louis vuitton speedy roses with pink flowers bag limited edition Speedy Roses Stephen Sprouse 2008 SS mono 30 1310$ 1200$

 

 

Comments

  • Posted by Ann Marie Brown on

    I believe that I have an original Speedy 30… I have a lot of questions!!

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