The History Of The Louis Vuitton Keepall Bag

The History Of The Louis Vuitton Keepall Bag

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Hand painted Louis Vuitton Keepall

As many of you may know, Louis Vuitton has a history in making durable and iconic luggage.  Louis Vuitton started as a box maker and one of the first bags he designed was the Keepall in 1930.  The Keepall was introduced by Gaston Vuitton as the moderately sized weekender bag of Louis Vuitton to accommodate the shifting travel habits of people at the time. The Keepall Bag is the spirit of modern travel: light, flexible and always ready for an immediate departure.

People traveled longer distances and different means of transportation called for flexible luggage solutions in lieu of hard-sided luggage suitcases and boxy trunks. The Keepall Bag was Gaston Vuitton’s response to the new trends. As a result, his flexible duffle bag became an immediate hit among his discerning clientele.

Keepall; being the unisex bag that's great as a carry-on for every trip, got iconic almost immediately. The Louis Vuitton Keepall bag is the all-time favorite for many celebrities and influencers across the world.

The Design of the Keepall Bag

The Keepall bag is available in four different sizes: 45, 50, 55 and 60. These numbers indicate the width of the Keepall in centimeters. The first three sizes are ideal for hand luggage on the plane. The Keepall 60 is not allowed as a carry-on on the plane, because it simply is just too big. If you mainly go on roadtrips, it is highly suggested that you go with the Keepall 60.

Next to the different sizes, the Keepall comes with or without a Bandoulière: a shoulder strap. A Keepall with Bandoulière will have an extra vertical leather strap attached on the side of the bag, to strengthen the bag. The Keepall with Bandoulière can easily detach the shoulder strap at any time.

Want to know which Keepall fits you best? See the measurements of the four versions below:

Keepall 45

Keepall 50

Keepall 55

Keepall 60

45 x 27 x 20 CM

50 x 29 x 22 CM

55 x 31 x 24 CM

60 x 33 x 26 CM


Other then the assortment of sizes, the Keepall comes in different colours and materials. The assortment holds the Monogram canvas with Vachetta leather, which is the most classic option, the Monogram Macassar Keepall, which has black coated leather finishing, the Damier Ebene Keepall with brown coated leather finishing, the Damier Azur Keepall with vachetta leather, an assortment of colors op Epi leathers and many, many limited editions. Think of collaborations with Supreme, Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murikami.

In addition, Louis Vuitton Keepall Bags come with a luggage tag, padlock and handle buckle.

A Very Durable Bag

On the vintage market, you will see a lot of Keepall Bags dating around the 1980s and 1990s. The Louis Vuitton Keepall Bag is proven to be durable and well made. The aging will show on the Vachetta leather, which will get water marks and patina, which is the coloration process of this unprocessed leather.

Overall, the Louis Vuitton Keepall can be described as very handy, but above all very stylish bag.

{Photo of a preowned Louis Vuitton Keepall hand painted by a New Vintage artist with a postage design.}

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