By Laura Brown
What makes something a design classic? Well, the fact that something created hundreds of years ago can still look modern is a pretty good sign, and this is certainly the case for any Louis Vuitton vintage bag. Their classic lines and incredible durability make these some of the most sought after vintage pieces around the world.
Given how modern we perceive LV bags to be, it seems almost incredible that the brand was born in the 1800s, when Louis Vuitton revolutionised travelling for the wealthy elite. After moving to Paris in 1834, Vuitton became famous for his canvas flat bottomed trunk, which could be easily stacked on railway carriages. At the time, luggage was (strangely!) round and could not easily be stacked, so this new, flat, lightweight and airtight luggage was something of a revolution and quickly rose in popularity; arguably it’s the first piece of modern luggage. It was launched during the dawn of global travel, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.
Imitation of his designs later led to the creation of Louis Vuitton’s famous distinctive stripes and checkerboard patterns. The Damier Canvas design debuted in 1888. In 1896, the monogram design was introduced, consisting of intersecting LV initials, curved beige diamonds, and a four point star inset. This is now one of the most recognisable–and counterfeited– logos in the world. It’s somewhat ironic that it was initially created as an attempt to avoid further copying!
Here are some of the most popular designs that are still valued by vintage hunters everywhere. No matter what your needs, Louis Vuitton has a vintage bag for you! Search flea markets in your area, or go online to Vintage Marketplace, Designer Vintage or Vestaire Collective–they’ll all deliver internationally.