The Speedy is one of the most emblematic handbags of the Louis Vuitton house. Its treated canvas, flexible and durable, light and waterproof, has been perfected throughout its more than 150 years of history. Its leather details – rigorously selected and dyed in a natural way – acquire a deep amber patina over time and its Toron-style handles (from the Latin “small cape”), are carefully sewn by hand. The golden padlock or the dark red-colored edges are other symbols that characterize it.
The canvas Damier and the Monogram are the most characteristic prints of the bag. The first was created by Louis Vuitton in 1888. A year later, Georges Vuitton presented it at the Universal Exhibition in Paris with the aim of sealing the corporate image and avoiding counterfeits. The canvas is stamped with the legend L. Vuitton registered trademark for the first time.
The Monogram arrives somewhat later, specifically in 1896. Georges Vuitton wanted to find a badge that would make his creations instantly recognizable. For this he chose a design inspired by the traditional Japanese emblems: it consisted of a circle around a flower with four petals with his father’s initials intertwined.
In the 60s the Speedy ends up becoming an icon, even a special size was made at the request of the actress Audrey Hepburn. Currently Marc Jacobs, creative director of the firm, has turned it into a blank canvas in which to pour his obsessions every season, transforming it, intervening it and reinventing it again and again, until making it one of the most recognizable symbols of the signature
Taking the Keepall travel bag as a starting point, Louis Vuitton creates the Speedy, with the same silhouette but bigger. Its original name was Express, but it was quickly changed to Speedy in a clear reference to the unstoppable development of means of transport and to the style of life of the time, faster and faster.
Marc Jacobs collaborates with artist Stephen Sprouse, who intervenes Monogram canvas with fluorescent graffiti. The Speedy Monogram Graffiti Khaki is born.
The first collaboration between the Japanese artist Takashi Murakami and Marc Jacobs takes place, which gives rise to the new Multicolor Monogram canvas where the traditional print, on a white or black background, is reinterpreted in 33 different tonalities. This joint venture was so successful that it would eventually lead to a permanent Louis Vuitton line. The creative duo also creates the Monogram Cherry Blossom and the Eye Love Monogram, both limited editions.
The spring-summer 2006 collection includes a new twist to the classic Speedy with the Monogram Perforé canvas, whose fabric had small perforations that let you see a lining in different colors. That same year, but in its autumn-winter collection, the firm reinterprets the legendary Damier print in blue, in homage to the French Riviera.
The Speedy Bandolera is born with Monogram canvas, which incorporates an adjustable and removable long handle made of natural leather.