As you’ll soon learn on this blog, I have a bit of a handbag addiction. While I envy women that can rock gorgeous sky-high heels, a decade of equestrian competitions in my youth has left me with horrible knees and ankles. My practical side also likes to spend money on purses because after all, it’s something you’re going to use every day (now my husband might argue that one doesn’t need nearly twenty handbags if you can only use one at a time but I just choose to ignore this statement…).
Tracing the reasons to why I developed an addiction to luxury purses is a post for another day – instead, I’d like to focus on one of my first loves: the Louis Vuitton Speedy and why I believe it’s an essential piece to any woman’s wardrobe.
The year was 2003. Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan dominated the celebrity news. Like most teenage girls, I remember being glued to “The Simple Life”, “Laguna Beach” and reading about the rich and famous on websites like Perez Hilton. What I happened to notice was this cute little brown bag they were all carrying… the Louis Vuitton Speedy.
My first Speedy wouldn’t come my way for a couple more years. It was a little monogram Speedy 25 that I have generously loved over the years (it’s pretty obvious too – expect a blog post in the near future on how to restore an old bag using this purse!). I’ve recently treated myself to a second, a Damier Azur Speedy 30… and let’s be real, I’d love to complete the “trifecta” with a final one in the Damier Ebene print (though I’m still undecided on what size and style).
The reason that I love my Speedy bags is that they are so freaking practical. As someone that generally prefers large totes, I’m always shocked by how much I can fit inside my Speedy – even the smaller 25 size – and it doesn’t look like I’m carrying the contents of my entire household.
The top handles add a touch of class – while I initially thought I might get annoyed not being able to sling this purse over my shoulder, I’ve adapted to letting it nestle in the crook of my arm while I’m out and about. The zipper also provides security.
My number one gripe with the Neverfull tote is how easily the contents will go flying if anything causes the bag to tip over. With the Speedy, it’s zipped up and everything is nicely contained inside. I should note a purse organizer is a necessity for this bag, however, otherwise it does become a bit of a “black hole” when you’re searching for your keys at the checkout lane.
Despite being immensely popular, the Speedy is a bag that has stood the test of time. It originated in the 1960s as a smaller version of the Keepall (commonly known as the Louis Vuitton duffle/travel bag) – it was specially made by request from Audrey Hepburn. Many people don’t realize that Audrey Hepburn is the reason this purse has become one of the most famous pieces in fashion – it’s a testament to her own personal style to create something which such lasting power!
Finally, the Speedy has an ability to dress an outfit up or down. It’s cute enough that you can wear it with jeans and t-shirt (something I’ve done countless times) and still feel like you’re “put together”… as well as to a dressier event.
While originally only available in monogram, it’s evolved to having endless material options, optional personalization, limited edition styles and even a long strap option (the Speedy Bandouliere). Sizes range from the 25 to the 40 (which are centimeter measurements if you were curious). Most attractive may be the price point. In the world of designer handbags, it’s still relatively affordable. The canvas options range from $950 to $1010, as of press time, depending on which size you’d like. (Due to the popularity of this bag, finding a pre-loved model is relatively inexpensive – I’ve seen on average the price range to be $250 to $800, costs varying on condition).
The Speedy is a bag that belongs in every woman’s wardrobe – once you buy one yourself, you’ll be hooked forever too!