ICON BAG:The WARDROBE
Louis Vuitton was trained as a luggage packer for upscale Parisian families in the early 1800s. His claim to fame was being the official packer of Empress Eugenie, as appointed by Napoleon III himself. In 1875, he created the Wardrobe for travel in the posh oceana liners of yore. With its hanging section for dresses and suits, travelers needn't unpack upon arrival at their destination. Rich with history and symbolic social cache, it was - and still - is - a symbol of ultimate luxury.
ICON BAG: The PAPILLION
Drawing inspiration from the ethereal appearance of a butterfly in flight, the Papillon was born in the swinging '60s where its minimalist silhouette was an instant hit. Then IT girl Twiggy was a definite fan, as were couture house models who fell in love with the short handles that looked like butterfly wings. Offering instant access via a tubular shape, this practical bag is perfect for the woman who needs only the bare essentials.
ICON BAG: the ALMA
Feminine, simple, and elegant, the ALMA was named after a famous location in Paris "La place de l'Alma" located at the end avenue of Montaigne, a symbol of Parisian elegance. Created in 1934, the Alma's pure Art Deco lines were reworked in 1992 to make it one of the most popular Louis Vuitton bags. The quintessential multipurpose city bag, as roomy as it is supremely elegant, it was the first bag to be reinterpreted by modern artists Stephen Sprouse and Takashi Murakami, who created limited editions for Marc Jacobs' ready-to-wear shows.
ICON BAG: the SPEEDY
The Speedy is Louis Vuitton's archetypal soft bag and a celebrity fave ever since it was introduced in 1930. Even Hollywood icon Audrey Hepburn couldn't get enough, and, in 1965, had a smaller version specially made - the Speedy 25. It is the bag to own for its simple, ample shape and classic charm, modeled on its larger sister the Keepall. Reminiscent of a doctor's satchel, this city bag is constantly reinvented in different materials, the latest of which is the Mini Monogram and the Mirror Speedy.
ICON BAG: the KEEPALL
The forerunner of modern travel bags, the Keepall's lightness and large capacity gave it its original name of "Tientout" , which means "hold all" in French. Like the Steamer bag, it first appeared in the 1930s as an additional item of luggage that stylish travelers folded at the bottom of their trunks. As air transport rapidly expanded over the 20th centery, it gained favor as the original cabin bag. Its multiple uses symbolize the new face of travel, characterized by increased individualism and a tremendous thirst for freedom.
ICON BAG: the BUCKET
Topped by elegant leather handles, the Louis Vuitton Bucket has aristocratic origins. Most likely to be spotted on the front row of fashion shows, the Bucket was launched in the United Staes in 1968 as a shopping bag. In the 1980s it was discovered by Japanese women on the look-out for an original bag that would go well with a kimono. More recently it has been adopted by sharp-eyed night owls, alert as always to trends.
ICON BAG: the STEAMER
Originally a laundry gab for soiled clothes hung in the boat cabin, the Steamer is a symbol of a chich journey by boat, car, or plane. Created in 1901, the age of transatlantic steamship voyages, the Steamer bag met a need among travelers for a spare, versatile luggage. The very first soft bag, it was designed to be slipped into one of the compartments of a trunk. Exceptionally robust and roomy, it combines elegance with timeless simplicity and is as essential, refined, and modern today as it was a century ago.
ICON BAG: the LOCKIT
Originally created in the 1950s, the Lockit is quite the classic handbag. Discovered form the label's archives, it was reissued in Autumn of 2006 as one of the house's iconic bags. Practical and ideal for the busy working woman, this bag was made to carry files - and their - secrets - protected with the legendary padlock.
ICON BAG: the NOÉ
The Noé bag was dreamed up in 1932 by Vuitton's grandson Gaston-Louis, after a champagne maker asked him to design a robust bag that could carry several bottles of his precious bubbly. A tote bag tied at the neck, it was produced only in leather until the soft Monogram canvas was introduced in 1959. Finished in the revolutionary new material, it quickly became an essential fashion item for refined, active women worldwide.