Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Louis Vuitton Bags
- by Nav Gill
- Last Updated: Oct 18, 2021
- by Nav Gill
- Last Updated: Oct 18, 2021
Louis Vuitton bags are some of the most coveted by luxury fashion lovers—and for good reason. Considering that the brand’s legacy dates back to 1837, these bags are clearly as timeless as it gets. Known for his skills as a master trunk maker, Louis Vuitton and his son Georges revolutionized the world of travel accessories in the early 1900s with their lavish, monogrammed trunks complete with an “unpickable” lock. And while luggage trunks are still a key part of Louis Vuitton’s repertoire, its leather goods offering has expanded far beyond the boxy silhouette (though we still love you, Petite Malle).
Whether you’re looking to invest in your very first luxury Louis Vuitton bag, or simply add a new colorway or silhouette to your ever-growing collection, we’ve pulled together an ultimate guide to the best styles to shop right now. From seasonal statement pieces like the Coussin and the Twist, to closet icons like the Neverfull and the Speedy, these LV bags will be a purchase you’ll never regret.
The sleek Twist bag first caught our eye during Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2015 show thanks to its contemporary finish and understated design. We mean, who could overlook that signature LV hardware which, fittingly, twists to lock the bag into place. Aside from the unique, functional LV branding, this bag has become a modern classic thanks to its versatility. Available in every size from a tote to a wallet, it’s the perfect all-rounder for any occasion.
While the textured Epi leather Twist Bag is adored by minimalists, those who want to make a statement with their accessories may prefer the Since 1854 Twist Bag, which is emblazoned with all-over contrasting monogramming as a nod to Louis Vuitton’s legacy.
Louis Vuitton Petite Malle
Petite Malle translates to “little trunk,” and true to Louis Vuitton’s legacy, these bags are a shrunken-down replica of the brand’s original trunks. And when we say replica, we mean these are literally a miniature version of the trunk—complete with all the details—crafted by a dedicated team of 30 at Louis Vuitton’s workshop in Ducey, France. Thanks to the removable strap, the Petite Malle can be styled cross-body or even carried as a clutch. For a more casual take on the silhouette, look to the Petite Malle Souple, which has a soft, relaxed shape and a branded webbed strap for a streetwear-ready look.
The Dauphine is the epitome of a new classic. Thanks to relatively simple design, which typically favors a foldover flap closure, leather finish, and a gold-tone LV buckle, it’s understated yet somehow still packs a punch. Louis Vuitton has recently given the traditional Dauphine design a whirl on new silhouettes: the slouchy Hobo bag and the backpack, both of which feature that lust-worthy brown monogram finish.
There’s a reason the Pochette is perpetually sold out—though small in stature, this is a bag that does it all. The unadorned Pochette calls to mind those slinky shoulder bags from Y2K fame: big enough to hold a cellphone, lipstick, keys, and card holder comfortably. And it features a removable shoulder strap so you can transform it into a clutch or a makeup bag, too.
The Multi Pochette, however, takes it one step further thanks to its double-zipped construction and attached round coin purse. All three of these sections, and the adjustable shoulder strap, can be removed and reworked as you desire, so it’s quite literally multiple bags in one. Talk about more bang for your buck.
One of Louis Vuitton’s most classic pieces, there’s no doubt you’ve spotted a Neverfull or two in your time—most typically in the brown monogrammed finish. In true tote style, it’s characterized by its two top handles, adjustable drawstrings on the sides and the removable zipped pouch inside. We’re taking the Neverfull name as more of a challenge here. With plenty of space for your everyday essentials and far more, your biggest concern will be losing your belongings inside the vast interior.
By now, we’ve all seen the bumbag’s dramatic ascent from dads-on-vacation to a runway-approved accessory. And the hands-free look isn’t going anywhere soon—at least not if Louis Vuitton has anything to do with it. Alongside the traditional bumbag silhouette, with its zipped pouch interior and adjustable belt, there’s our personal favorite take on the trend: the Dauphine bumbag. Technically more of a belt, with a miniature Dauphine wallet and chain attached, this is potentially the chicest fanny pack you’ll ever see.
The Louis Vuitton Alma has been around in some capacity since the early ’90s, and is notable for its smooth, domed construction. Though it’s most commonly seen in a monogrammed finish like many of Louis Vuitton’s bags, we love the subtle spin of these metallic and tonal cream finishes. And since it’s available in three sizes: BB, PM, and MM, there’s an Alma to suit every occasion.
Louis Vuitton Rendez-Vous
A new addition to Louis Vuitton’s bag roster, the Rendez-Vous combines timeless design with the French luxury brand’s signature details like monogramming and gold-tone hardware. Modeled after a diary, the Rendez-Vous features three zipped compartments underneath the foldover flap, so it’s ideal for those who thrive off organization (Virgos, you know what we’re talking about).
Louis Vuitton Boite Chapeau
Inspired by the hatbox (or, Boite Chapeau in French), at first glance, this circular bag is more practical than you may think. In fact, the Petite Boite Chapeau is surprisingly spacious and can comfortably fit an iPhone 7, amongst other items. The even tinier Mini Boite Chapeau, however, may be better suited to those days when you vow to stay offline and leave your phone at home.
Another brand-new addition to Louis Vuitton’s accessories department, the Coussin has a puffed-style leather finish, which is apt considering that Coussin translates as “cushion.” Beneath the padded, monogram-debossed exterior, there are three joined compartments that give you no excuse for an unorganized handbag. Plus, the chunky chain strap (that also features engraved branding if you look close enough) ensures this bag has Instagram-appeal—you’ve probably already spotted it in the hands of your favorite fashion influencers.
The Noé has been a part of the Louis Vuitton lineup for longer than you may think. The earliest iteration of this bucket bag was unveiled by Gaston-Louis Vuitton (Louis Vuitton’s grandson) back in 1932 and it was initially designed to address a very serious problem: transporting bottles of champagne.
While you can still use them to cart around champagne if that’s what you want, the Noé is also the perfect all-rounder accessory due to its malleable shape and drawstring closure. Ideal for work and play (especially in the miniature Noé BB size), this versatile bag will be your new go-to.
Ahh, the Speedy. One of Louis Vuitton’s most popular silhouettes and a rite of passage for designer bag lovers, this timeless bag has been an LV staple since the 1930s. Originally designed as a travel bag, the Speedy is now available in an array of sizes and finishes.
These are not your typical high school backpacks. Louis Vuitton has taken the undeniably practical silhouette and updated it through a contemporary lens. The result is an array of functional backpacks that don’t skimp on the designer details. We love the Clapton for its dainty silhouette and checkered and pink finish, as well as those long shoulder straps which you can remove to carry the bag by the top handle.
No bag collection is complete without a roomy tote, and Louis Vuitton offers up so many luxurious iterations that we’re truly spoiled for choice. When it comes to the perfect office tote, look no further than the all-black LockMe that has enough space required for your workday essentials. In the market for something a little more versatile? The Fold Tote can be expanded whenever you need more room, thanks to those handy folded leather gussets on the side. Sometimes, size does matter.
Named after Louis Vuitton’s first-ever store location on Paris’ Rue Neuve-des-Capucines, the Capucines bag debuted in Fall 2013 and has been a highly-coveted silhouette in the seasons since. It’s a sophisticated style, perfect for both day and night, and features two interior compartments, a sturdy top handle, and a removable shoulder strap. What strikes us most, however, is the attention to detail—like the mother of pearl initials on this soft pink Capucines Mini. Our favorite style for 2021? The Capucines BB in a blue-white gradient finish that’s an elegant take on the tie-dye trend.
About the Author
Nav Gill is a Senior Editor at Editorialist covering fashion, features and news. A Fashion Communication graduate, she was previously an Editor at HYPEBAE and has a strong interest in luxury fashion, emerging brands, streetwear and footwear. When she’s not on the road covering European fashion weeks, you’ll find her scouring the Internet for the latest sneaker drops.