Luxe Review: Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Damier Ebene

Toted on the arm of Audrey Hepburn, the Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 is an iconic piece.  I bought this bag several years ago when I stepped out of the world of retail.  After working for two premium Australian fashion labels I finally decided it was time to purchase my first luxury ‘it’ bag, and this was it.



Louis Vuitton introduced this bag in 1933.  Over the last decade this bag has come in numerous material and patterns.  The Speedy comes in several sizes 25, 30, 35 & 45 making reference to the length of bag in centimetres.  There’s also a nano version available now but utility factor is questionable.

At first I was quite hesitant to drop hundreds of dollars on a bag made out of canvas (yes canvas, not leather) but it was well worth it.  The Speedy 25 is a durable and functional bag and is a great piece to start your collection.

When choosing a print I opted for the Damier Ebene canvas, which has been surprisingly versatile.  There were a couple of reasons for this, the main one being that LV monogram is possibly the most copied monogram in the entire industry.  The only thing I hate more than bad coffee is fake handbags.

As for the quality and finish of the Louis Vuitton Speedy 25, it is unparalleled.  The inside of the bag is lined with royal red so it’s easy to locate your keys, there’s also a small pocket in the interior to keep your lipstick or some other knick knacks.


I love the detail of the little gold lock (well actually it’s made of brass)
For a small bag the barrel shape ensures that you put every cubic square centimetre to use. It’s quite handy for heading out for a night in the city,  I’ve managed to stash a pair of heels and do a swap for flats.  The only issue I have is, that as it is a top handle style it does get heavy so only carry what you can lift at the gym.  Note, today you can purchase a version of this bag available with a strap.

Men often wonder why women spend so many thousands of dollars on luxury handbags (and shoes, clothes, etc).  Whilst this blog makes no attempt to justify this cause, I can suggest it has something to do with the fact that we have to haul these objects around all day (and you may as well make it a statement while you’re at it).  Male companions, don’t complain… especially when you decide to treasure your entire life story in her Louis Vuitton on your next date.  But just remember no matter how many dollars you spend on your bag, it won’t remind you to give back his keys 😉


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