About the Louis Vuitton Speedy

Hand painted Louis Vuitton Speedy with Native design.

{Hand painted Louis Vuitton Speedy with skull and headdress design}

The Louis Vuitton Speedy dates to the early 20th century as the predecessor to the Louis Vuitton Keepall, and remains one of Louis Vuitton’s most iconic pieces today.  the Keepall was more of a travel bag and the Speedy took its place as more of an everyday use bag.  The Speedy was first named ‘The Express”, and later became referred to as the Speedy. The original Speedy size was a Speedy 30, which is still the most popular size sold today.  However, there are 4 different size Louis Vuitton Speedy bags. They are named by the width (in centimeters) of the bags front panel. The 25 being the smallest and the 40 being the largest. The Speedy 25 was born after Audrey Hepburn requested a smaller size, and like her it remains an icon today.  The Speedy dimensions are as follows:

Speedy 25          9.84” L x 7.5” W x 6” H

Speedy 30          11.8” L x 8.3” W x 6.7” H

Speedy 35          13.8” L x 9” W x 7” H

Speedy 40          15.8” L x 9.8” W x 7.5” H

The Louis Vuitton Speedy’s dual, vachetta, top handles and its rounded silhouette make it a recognizable statement piece. Its open interior body create a wide-open space to hold any ladies daily essentials.  You will notice on backside of the Speedy’s monogram canvas that the LV monograms are upside down.  This is because Louis Vuitton only uses one continuous, solid piece of canvas.

In 2011 the Speedy Bandolier was created. In French, Bandolier means “with Strap” and this style gave the Speedy a handsfree option by adding a crossbody/ shoulder strap.

The Speedy remains and will always remain a classic Louis Vuitton piece.