I am what you would call handbags and shoes obsessive...I'm not obsessive in a crazy way to the point i have to have the latest. I just love and appreciate them so much that words cannot describe my passion for them. I must say, i disliked Louis Vuitton when i was much younger, because it was for and carried by old people. I fell in love with Gucci and became a die-hard gucci girl. I still am loyal to Gucci, but have bought a few Louis Vuitton pieces over the years, especially when i was travelling a lot. I have two vintage pieces, a Speedy 35 and the carryall 55. I have carried them all over the world and they really keep their shape as well as pack really well. I purchased the Neverfull Damier GM after i had my daughter, and used it as a baby bag for a short while. Its still my everyday bag, especially in the winter, because its very spacious and i can throw it over my shoulder on my way out. The quality of these designer bags really do hold their worth in terms of longevity, craftsmanship and quality. If taken care off these bags will last for decades. I have always believed that the amount of money used to purchase one quality made designer bag outweighs the purchasing of several cheaper sub quality bags over a period of time to be worth it. Most of my hand bags i've had for over 10 years and because i put them back in their dust bags still look pretty new. However, the speedy and carryall no longer have dust bags, because of the excessive travelling i did they got lost along the way. They're still in fantastic shape, clean inside and out and could resell for over 300.00 easily. All i do is stuff them with old baby clothes to keep the shape, dust them off every so often and thats it!
Negative: The only problem i've ever had with any of my bags was the Neverfull. The corners where the material overlaps came undone 2 years ago. I was deeply disappointed because i had only used it about 2 times and was shocked to see that. I went back to LV in the West end and got a no quibble replacement. Three months down the line, the same split happened, so back to Louis Vuitton i went with an attitude, after reading online about how badly treated customers were by some of the sales assistants. When i got there i had to queue for about 25 mins(LV/Selfridges). When i got in, had a great sales assistant who was really nice. Apparently a few customers had the same complaint as i did, so it was a relief. She said the bag would be sent off to France where all repairs were done for the lining to be taken off and restitched, but that it would take 3 months as they have a backlog. I didn't mind the wait as long as the issue got resolved, so i agreed. Two months later i received a call to say my bag was ready. It was perfect and i've had no problems ever since, considering its used as an everyday bag.....
Louis Vuitton is a Fashion House famous for designer products including or maybe especially, it's handbags. Very well known is the Louis Vuitton monogrammed print that is often updated seasonally e.g. one year it was graffiti print and another year it had cherries added to it. However, the traditional monogrammed print is always available. The print is so well known that it is often copied and put onto fake bags- so if you are looking somewhere like ebay then do buy with caution.
I have two Louis Vuitton bags; one is a traditional shoulder bag and the other is holdall or overnight bag. Both of them are in the traditional monogrammed print. If you are considering a monogrammed bag then I would definately recommend going for the traditional print rather than one of the seasonal specialities. This is because it will date the bag horribly and in a year or do it will look very passe, whereas the traditional ones will always be classy. These bags are seriously made to last- so it is not like you will need to update it every year.
As you would expect from a fashion house such as Louis Vuitton, these bags tend to come with a hefty price tag. You will be unlikely to purchase anything for under £400 and they go up to several thousand.
The holdall that I purchased was around £800 and has been fantastic. I have used it as a weekend bag and as hand luggage on flights. Hoever, when these holdalls are full they are rather large so bare in mind that budget airlines may not be thrilled about them being used as hand luggage. The holdall does not have any pockets or compartments and just opens to one big space. I am not a light packer and even I can fit everything I need for several days away in there. The bag is made from real leather, and you can feel the weight and quality of it even when it is empty. It is genuinely tough enough to carry rocks in (although I'm not sure why you would want to).
The only criticism I have of the holdall is that when it is very full and heavy the handles do dig into your palms. I would advise someone to invest slightly more and buy the model that comes with the detahable shoulder strap. That is my only regret.
Well, right now I feel like the luckiest girl in he world! For my recent birthday I recieved a Louis Vuitton bag, something I have longed for since the age of 14!
I recieved the most common/wanted bag which was the 'Speedy 30' in the monogram style. The bag istself is of excellet quality, with really thick, high quality leather.
It arrived directly from France (as you can only get them in very few shops in England and I live nowhere near them and authentic bags can only be ordered direct from France.) in a lovely Louis Vuitton box, complete witht dust bag.
The bags themselves are a bit like Mary Poppins style bags as they do look quite petite and not too oversized when carrying them round, howevr what I can fit into mine completley surprises me! I can normally fit in an umbrella, make up bag, phone, purse, packet of tissues, other bits and bobs and still have plenty of room to spare.
The bag that i recieved came with just the one pocket in it, which I tend to keep the keys for the lock in it, as I simply have the lock on the end of my bag and never actually lock it.
The padlock and key just add to the classic look of Louis Vuittons and are in a very high shine gold colour (I am not sure as to what they are made of.)
On the Louis Vuitton bags the stitching is usually a yellow thread and then on the very edge of the handles it is dies a vibrant red colour.
I would definitley say that they are bags that last a life time and is you get the classic looking bags they never seem to go out of fashion andmy aunty has had the sameone for 30+ years now and it hasn't got a scratch to it.
Another thing I love about Louis Vuittin bags is that they 'oxodise' over time and by this I mean that the handles and trim start off a very clean, cream colour, however after time they begin to turn a dark brown colour which adds a vintage edge to it.
They are very lovely bags and are definitley recognisable, my bag cost £435 from the website and I think it was gift wrapped for free. You can now also get mon-monogram bags, which is basically where you can add a colour and you enitials to the bag to make it more personal, however this does come at a cost.
Please not that most genuine LV bags do come located with a serial code.
These bags are lovely and would make a great special birthday or chistmas present!
Louis Vuitton, part of the LVMH group, is without a doubt the most famous handbag and luggage retailer in the world and with good reason. The proud owner of 2 of their bags, I can safely state in full confidence that the brand lives up to everything you will hope to get from your bag.
I own a brown monogram small bag which I got in 2005 and the beautiful denim LV in the above picture which was bought for me in 2007. Most people I know were horrified I had spent £350 on a handbag however, when they saw the quality of the bag they said it was certainly justified!!
Each bag comes in a cloth bag which you should store your LV bag in to protect it from any damage. You will also receive proof that your bag is an authentic LV and your purchase will come in a thick carrier bag which is brown with Louis Vuitton written across it. The carriers alone sell for around £20 on ebay.
Louis Vuitton bags are an expensive purchase but their quality is well worth the cost. So long as you look after your bag it will continue to have a high resale value - should you ever decide you wish to part from your beloved Louis!!
Louis Vuitton is a french designer, that has been making items such as bags, briefcases, wallets, watches, belts, scarves and also books and pens for many years. I have always been a BIG fan of Louis Vuitton, in fact i have always bought a luis vuitton handbag, keepalls, luggage bags and i also have a duvet cover by louis vuitton! =].
What prompts me to buy a louis vuitton handbag is the sheer quality of the bag, the style and the detail is just perfect. Speaking of which in my opinion every handbag i have bought from the collection has always matched my outfit and glows up everytime i go out. Yes they are expensive, but knowing the brand is so well known in the world many girls will always prefer a louis vuitton all because they trust the handbag to be in such excellent quality that can never be damaged like other handbags. I currently own a louis vuitton monogram canvas which i have now owned for almost 2 years and the condition is still immaculate. I prefer louis vuitton when buying a handbag, the space in which i can store all my makeup, my phones has always been perfect. The design is sexy and sleek and come in various styles and formats like the monogram multicolore, monogram vernis and the damier canvas.
I have a collection of louis vuitton handbags in my wardrobe and have always trusted the branded for it's quality. But beware there are some immitation louis vuitton handbags being made and it is always hard to trust when buying from third party sellers. I have had friends which have bought fake handbags in the past. Never buy from open source people, always buy from Louis Vuitton themselves or a trusted company.
Overall a fantastic brand that makes perfect, detailing, quality handbags that can suit the perfect woman. Highly recommended! =]
I am sure many of you will know the brand Louis Vuitton, I instantly think handbag and my eyes light up at the thought of them.
Although I have always dreamed of a Louis Vuitton bag, I have never had the money to buy one and if I have had a bit of extra cash, I could think of other things to spend it on as these can be really expensive.
My dreams finally came true on the 8th October this year, my husband treated me to my very own genuine Louis Vuitton handbag for my birthday, I knew I had married him for a reason, bless him.
LOUIS VUITTON HISTORY
The Louis Vuitton Designer fashion brand was founded in 1854, by a man named Louis Vuitton Malletier also known as Louis Vuitton or LV for short.
Louis Vuitton is a Famous French designer, who specialises in fantastic leather goods such as handbags, wallets, belts, luggage and even jewellery, all of which are made by hand in Paris.
Over the years we have seen many different designs and colours of the Louis Vuitton brand, many of which have been designed by the famous fashion designer Marc Jacobs. The most recent Louis Vuitton designs also being inspired by Marc himself.
Louis Vuitton is recognised internationally by many fashion followers, and is constantly advertised by major celebrities supporting their brand. Therefore making them the must have bag.
This brand is one of the oldest fashion designers in the world, and has become so desirable that Louis Vuitton no longer need to advertise as the items speak for themselves, They now only sell their brand through retails stores or at their web site www.louisvuitton.com.
MY OWN LITTLE LOUIS VUITTON
On my birthday my hubby took me to Leeds to visit the Louis Vuitton shop, I didn't have a budget as such but I was not allowed to spend thousands.
As soon as I saw this bag I knew it was the one, it felt like when I was getting me wedding dress, you just know when it's the one.
I settled for a monogram canvas clutch bag, from the current 2008 Beverly collection range. This stunning little clutch bag has a clasp that closes the bag and is engraved with the signature Louis Vuitton brand logo.
The bag is dark brown with little beige LV logos all over it and gold/ brass detail buckles, it also comes with a removable strap so you can use it as a clutch or a shoulder bag.
The bag is fully lined with a suede material, similar to a shammy leather and has a cowhide trimming around the bag and on the strap.
This bag consists on one main compartment and a smaller zipped inside pocket, attached to this pocket was a leather cowhide tag that displayed my bags unique serial number.
Although this bag is a lot smaller than I would usually go for at only 10inch x 4.7inches long and 1.8 inches wide. I adore it and I will only use it on special occasions, as I can only fit so much into it.
If this amazing bag wasn't enough it came with its own protective Louis Vuitton dust bag to protect it when it is not in use, and it was wrapped up perfectly in a Louis Vuitton store bag that was made of thick card and embossed with the brand name, then neatly finished with cream LV branded ribbon.
I also got all of the authenticity cards and paperwork to correspond with my brand spanking new Louis.
Lastly as I was leaving the shop a sales assistant informed me that they do s repair service, so if I damaged my bag in any way they could fix it for me. I didn't even know Louis Vuitton offered this service so I learned something I didn't know about Louis Vuitton.
Some of you may now be saying how crazy I am, as this cost my old man 420.00.
I know, this will pay my mortgage for a month and I am so stupid at letting him spend this money for a little bag, many may think I should have got knock off for 30.00 but I have always wanted an authentic Louis Vuitton bag.
As Louis Vuitton is such a desirable brand, it has now become one of the most counterfeited brands available today, with only 1% of Louis Vuitton bags around being original and authentic.
So the next time you walk down the street and see a young girl proudly supporting a LV monogram bag, you can bet your life it is a fake.
This really bugs the life out of me, when you get these chav's in tracksuits supporting a fake LV bag on their arm, they are not doing the brand any good and I just want to scream at them.
Remember that LV only sell in stores or online, so if you try to get one off ebay you are most likely to get a fake at a very steep price, If they can product a sales receipt this would be the only way I would trust buy one from ebay.
LEEDS LOUIS VUITTON STORE
Well what can I say, as soon as you walk in you can smell the leather and instantly makes you take deep breaths to inhale as much of this luscious smell as you can.
Unlike many Louis Vuitton shops I have been in the staff were very friendly and let us roam around freely, without us feeling like suspected shop lifters. I did notice that nothing was priced so it is a shop that if you have to ask you can't afford it.
The sales lady was very quick to help; well she should be for the price of the things in there. She laid out a cloth and placed my bog onto it, for me to handle and look at. That was the moment it was sold and I said I would take it.
The shop is very minimalistic and all of the items are laid out nice and neatly, some of the more expensive items were displayed in huge glass cabinets that swallowed up the items, and others were displayed nicely on tables and shelving units.
The store is located at:
98 /99 Brig gates, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 6BN.
OPENING DAYS & TIMES
The store is open seven days a week, but times do vary.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday the shop opens at 10.00am - 6.00pm
Thursdays 10.00am - 7.00pm
Sundays 11.00 - 5.00pm
The Louis Vuitton is very unique and desirable to many, well those who don't get put off by the chav status it seems to have adopted at the moment.
I just wish LV would hurry up and sue the pants off of these Chinese who are knocking out the fakes willy nilly and let this get back to the status it had a few years ago.
I also love the face that Louis Vuitton never have sales or outlet shops, The price you pay is the price that it will always be so you don't have to hold off and wait for sales as they never happen.
The only thing I really despise is the fact that there are so many fakes around, these make the brand look so cheap and tacky. I hate it when someone asks if it is real, how insulting it that but.
I would love to get the Louis Vuitton luggage set, but I will have to wait for a lottery win first.
Louis Vuitton has done really well, as it has been going for over 150 years and it is still a very much sort after fashion brand.
I have now come to the conclusion that my hubby is a fantastic bloke who I would not be without, don't get me wrong I don't get everything I ever want, but this was a fantastic surprise.
All I got on the morning of birthday was a card and he said he would take me shopping to get something, I just assumed he had forgotten but as it turns out he didn't know which bag I would like, so I got to choose my own.
I dont know what it is about Louis Vuitton but it attracts me! I didnt think i was ever interested until my boyfriend suprised me with one. Let me tell you when i saw that brown LV carry case it came in something made me go instantly weak at the knees! Its only a small white clutch with coloured symbols and LV's but it is my most proud possesion at the moment and will be for a while.
It makes you feel special, i dont know how and its hard to explain! There are many fakes going around and if you think there just as good, ill tell you now you are wrong. I had a good immitation LV bag before and it was awful, it just didnt last and after just a short while you could tell instantly it was fake.
My little white clutch has travelled far and wide with me, to partys, clubs, shopping and just anywhere and everywhere and it still looks as good as new! It also holds more than you expect!
One thing i will recommend if your planning on buying one, especially a white one, get it spray protected beforehand so it keeps cleaner, and try not to get any spray on the metal work! Oh and one other thing...be prepared to want more!
im no wag but i do love louis vuitton! although alot of the copies which are going around these days do ruin the original you cant beat a good louis bag. i have a darling boyfriend who bought be an original bag and i just love it. the quality is top class no matter what or how it gets injured its like a bag of steel nd wont budge! its a one of them bags that just look good with anything. i absolutley love it