By Jess Beech
When it comes to designer handbags, there’s no denying that the best Louis Vuitton bags are up there as one of the most prestigious and coveted accessory brands, alongside Chanel and Gucci. What originally began as a luggage atelier in 1854 has skyrocketed into one of the most instantly recognizable–and often imitated–luxury labels.
“The best Louis Vuitton handbags have become a staple piece for the style-conscious,” says Mahenoor, Head of Authentication at luxury resale service Cudoni. “Along with being classic, the quality and craftsmanship are unparalleled. Over the years, the fashion house has introduced many iterations of the classic monogram, like the Black Monogram Multicolor and the Reverse Monogram, both of which remind us how innovative and creative the house is. Whether you're looking for an iconic vintage piece or a more streetwear-worthy collaboration, Louis Vuitton does it all, and does it all incredibly well.”
Of course, the best designer bags aren’t just for birthdays, special occasions, or days when your credit card spending has got a little out of hand. Choose well, and your bag will take pride of place in your accessory collection for life. “Louis Vuitton bags are beautifully made pieces and as such, tend to be long-lasting if they are well cared for so you will get a lot of use from one,” explains Tina Lipfriend, founder of bag rental service BagButler.
Louis Vuitton bags have graced the arms of many a celebrity over the years, from Audrey Hepburn through to Kendall Jenner. Supermodels including Kate Moss, Erin O'Connor, Grace Coddington, and Bella Hadid have all been spied carrying one of the classics. Fashion IT girls Poppy Delevigne and Alexa Chung are fans of the brand too, alongside celebrities such as Venus Williams and Alicia Vikander.
With some of the best tote bags, best crossbody bags, and best weekend bags to choose from, it's no surprise the French fashion house is one of the most coveted. Here, we look at the best Louis Vuitton styles and the celebs who have loved them throughout the decades. And with the help of fashion experts Charlotte Rogers, co-founder of designer bag re-sale site EKC Luxury, Tina Lipfriend, founder of bag rental service BagButler, and Mahenoor, head of authentication at luxury goods site Cudoni, we're going to unwrap the best bags by the French fashion house.
The best Louis Vuitton bags, as chosen by fashion experts
Not sure which is the best Louis Vuitton bag to invest in? Here’s everything you need to know about the most coveted styles.
1. Louis Vuitton Neverfull
Louis Vuitton Neverfull
Reasons to buy
As you might have guessed by the name, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull makes plenty of room for stashing your essentials, which is why we've picked it as one of the best Louis Vuitton bags. The classic tote shape is set apart from the crowd with the addition of sleek side laces that can be loosened or tightened, and tear-shape-edged handles. Making it one of the best tote bags around. Look out for variations of this bag that come complete with a separate pouch, which can also double as a handy clutch. Throw your Neverfull over your shoulder or wear in the crook of your arm, the choice is yours. Charlotte Rogers, co-founder of designer bag resale site EKC Luxury says "Chic and hard-wearing it is the classic contemporary Vuitton staple."
Neverfull fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM, $2,360/£1,744 | Louis Vuitton
The body is a beautifully tactile grainy leather, finished off with a smooth leather trim. You can also choose from five other colors and prints and it comes with a detachable zip pouch, too.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM, $1,760/£1,300 | Louis Vuitton
A bold contrasting lining not only adds a pop of color but makes it easy to locate your essentials in a hurry. The classic monogram tote will never date and it's perfect as an everyday work bag.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM My LV Heritage, $2,090/£1,540 | Louis Vuitton
Take advantage of the brand's monogramming service to really make your bag your own. You can choose to add stripes and even your initials.
2. Louis Vuitton Alma
Louis Vuitton Alma
Reasons to buy
Aside from the Boite Chapeau, this is the best Louis Vuitton bag for a heritage feel. Its origins can be traced back to 1934, then called the Art Deco original. The rounded shape, a stand-out luggage tag, and wide handles are all distinctive features, as is the contrast base—added for extra durability at the corners. Rogers says, "Beloved for the chic vintage shape and the full zip the Alma comes in a variety of sizes to suit your needs". We’d wear ours across the body for laid-back weekends, and with the grab handles for work or smarter events.
Alma fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Alma BB, $4,000/£2,720 | Louis Vuitton
Featuring all the iconic details, this bag has the added benefit of a logo-adorned crossbody strap so you can go hands-free.
Louis Vuitton Alma MM, $2,160/£1,599 | Louis Vuitton
Trimmed with leather for longevity and finished with high-shine gold hardware. The perfect everyday bag. An A-list favorite, this one is popular throughout the decades.
Louis Vuitton Alma BB, $2,230/£1,650 | Louis Vuitton
A sporty take on a classic style, the striped strap with jacquard detailing adds a playful touch. You can remove the strap to use it as a handheld style, too.
3. Louis Vuitton Speedy
Louis Vuitton Speedy
Reasons to buy
Named Speedy to reflect the rapid pace at which those who used it in the 1930s were traveling, this is a bag that has stood the test of time, which is why it's one of our best Louis Vuitton bag picks. It’s not dissimilar in shape and design to the Keepall, just on a smaller scale. Double zip compartments and super soft, rolled handles make it a chic and practical choice for all-week wear. "Classically recognizable the Louis Vuitton Speedy is the perfect, secure travel companion. One of the all-time best sellers in the resale market the Speedy comes in various sizes - collect them all!" says Rogers.
The nano is the tiniest version, and the 40 is the largest. If you’re looking to save money, opt for the classic Speedy, over the Speedy Bandouliére. The body is made from canvas, instead of leather, and there’s no cross-body strap, which is reflected in the price reduction. “At the moment, the most popular bag on our website is the beloved Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in their signature Damier Ebene canvas,” says Mahenoor.
Speedy fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, $1,370/£1015 | Louis Vuitton
The checkerboard print will coordinate seamlessly with pretty much anything in your wardrobe. It also has a contrasting red interior for extra luxe.
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière 30, $1,740/£1,288 | Louis Vuitton
The canvas fabric has been carefully coated to ensure your new bag stays as good as new for as long as possible. This is the perfect style for a night away (if you can pack light!).
Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 My LV Heritage, $1,800/£1,330 | Louis Vuitton
Make your LV bag your own with the option to personalize with stripes, a colorful interior, and your initials. You can also choose this style in four different sizes.
4. Louis Vuitton Boite Chapeau
Louis Vuitton Boite Chapeau
Reasons to buy
An iconic piece that makes a real statement, the Louis Vuitton Boite Chapeau is a modern re-imagining of a classic hatbox. "This bag has fast become a collectors favorite. I have styled it as a belt bag, shoulder bag, and cross-body. Plus the small size makes it perfect for shopping trips and days out" says Rogers. The structured shape makes for a really versatile piece. Use to dress up your best jeans during the day, and wear with a fancy frock come evening. Choose between the full size, mini or petite version depending on which size would make the best Louis Vuitton bag for you.
“The most popular Louis Vuitton on BagButler is the Boite Chapeau,” advises Lipfriend. “This piece receives a lot of activity on the website and is just about to go out to a customer on a remote Scottish Island, so it travels the length and breadth of the UK. This particular bag has also been rented by another customer wanting to try it out to see if she really liked it before buying her own.”
Boite Chapeau fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Boite Chapeau Souple MM, $2,770/£2,052 | Louis Vuitton
The gold-embossed luggage tag adds to the elegance of this crossbody bag. As one of the best crossbody bags, this is perfect for those who like smaller styles.
Louis Vuitton Boite Chapeau Mini Bag, $2,118/£1,570 | Louis Vuitton
Two separate, compact internal compartments make space for all your essentials. You can also take the strap off to hold it as a clutch.
Louis Vuitton Boite Chapeau Souple PM, $1,900/£1,410 | Louis Vuitton
Launched for summer 2020, the Damier Azur canvas has us dreaming of warmer days with the lighter colors and warm beige strap.
5. Louis Vuitton Keepall
Louis Vuitton Keepall
Reasons to buy
If you’re after a bag that’s traveled the world, Louis Vuitton’s Keepall has been at the sides of globetrotters since 1930. A duffle bag in the most sophisticated sense of the word, the almost cylindrical shape leaves maximum room for all your essentials. Rogers says, "Think chic travel and spa weekends with your Louis Vuitton Keepall. A larger version of the Speedy used for travel I love mine for being hardwearing and accompanying me on all my trips!"
The exact dimensions and finer details vary ever-so-slightly depending on the version you choose. The good news is that there are plenty of options when it comes to size, depending on how light, or heavy, you like to travel. On most incarnations of this bag, there’s a choice of two straps (handles or a detachable crossbody) and of course, the brand’s signature padlock, which is why we think it is one of the best Louis Vuitton bags and also one of the best weekend bags. All you need now is a boarding pass.
Keepall fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 45, $2,230/£1,650 | Louis Vuitton
An adjustable crossbody strap means this can be easily altered for a just-so fit. It's one of the best steps to bag organizing for a trip away with hand luggage.
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 55, $2,225/£1,650 | Louis Vuitton
The medium version of the Keepall is a great size for weekend city breaks and US or UK staycations alike. The handy strap makes it easy to balance out the weight to carry.
Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 60, $2,430/£1,800 | Louis Vuitton
Streamlined packers will easily be able to fit a week's worth of clothing in this bag. And you can get it personalized, too.
6. Louis Vuitton Noé
Louis Vuitton Noé
Reasons to buy
Of all the best Louis Vuitton bags on this list, the Noé really is a bag after our hearts. It’s a reimagining of a 1932 design by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, the grandson of the brand’s founder. Rogers adds "Produced in all the LV leathers and sizes the Noé is a true classic. Originally produced to carry Champagne bottles this bag is now a best seller and can be found in all enviable handbag collections."
Now, while we wouldn’t recommend keeping a bottle of fizz in any designer bag, the modern version is more than sturdy enough, with a bonded lining and roomy bucket shape. One of the most relaxed styles in the Louis Vuitton collection, this is a true, throw-on-and-go bag.
Noé fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Noé BB, $1,480/£1,096 | Louis Vuttion
A smaller version of a classic, this version has just enough space for your phone, purse, and lipstick. A great everyday bag and one of the best designer bags around.
Louis Vuitton Néonoé MM, $2,430/£1,800 | Louis Vuitton
A fresh take on Louis Vuitton's favored neutral hues, this pink version is really feminine. We love the clashing color strap and drawstring detail.
Louis Vuitton Noé, $1,880/£1,608 | Louis Vuitton
The drawstring closure and roomy shape make this bag perfect for everyday wear. It's also good to keep your belongings safe.
7. Louis Vuitton Twist
Louis Vuitton Twist
Reasons to buy
A departure from the brand’s signature monogram print and roomy shapes, the Twist is neat, compact, and available in an assortment of colorful shades and patterns. There are neutrals too of course, in a muted palette of black, brown, and beige. The focal point of this best Louis Vuitton bag is of course the twist lock, which creates an overlapping LV when closed, and a double V when open.
The Twist tends to have two chain straps, but some versions have leather instead. "The twist lock on this bag is a chic take on the classic LV logo. It is one of the most iconic LV bags of modern times!" says Rogers.
Louis Vuitton Twist fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Twist PM, $4,300/£3,185 | Louis Vuitton
Bringing a touch of fun to proceedings, we love the hot pink hue and scrunchie-inspired top handle. You can also remove the strap to wear as a handheld style.
Louis Vuitton Twist MM, $4,300/£3,185 | Louis Vuitton
Carry with the crossbody chain for the day, and with the chain grab handle for the night. This neutral style will never date.
Louis Vuitton Twist Mini, $3,600/£2,815 | Louis Vuitton
A black bag with a silver chain will forever have a place in your wardrobe. Wear with everything. Wear as a shoulder bag with both straps or a crossbody with one.
8. Louis Vuitton Bréa
Louis Vuitton Bréa
Reasons to buy
One of the best Louis Vuitton bags for everyday use, the Louis Vuitton Bréa offers a fresh take on a doctor’s bag. It’s practical and roomy, with smart leather grab handles ready to set off at a moment's notice. "With a vintage style and secure closure, this is the best LV bag for work. It will fit your laptop and takes you easily from the office to cocktails," adds Rogers.
Unfortunately, the Bréa is no longer produced, making it that bit trickier to get your mitts on a mint condition version of this iconic style. At the time of writing, there was a range of pre-loved Bréa’s available online, with prices as low as $400 (£300) on Vestiaire Collective.
Bréa fashion editor picks
Louis Vuitton Bréa Leather Crossbody Bag, $1,080/£800 | Louis Vuitton
The patent fabric has been carefully embossed with the Louis Vuitton logo. This pre-loved style is one to snap up ASAP.
Louis Vuitton Bréa Patent Leather Handbag, $749/£555 | Louis Vuitton
The contrast between the high-shine patent and matte leather handles and trim makes for a unique finish. An iconic style that deserves some more love considering it's one of the best designer bags out there.
Louis Vuitton Bréa Leather Tote, $1,060/£785 | Louis Vuitton
Crafted from gorgeous glossy purple leather, this is a style to make a statement. Wear it with a neutral outfit to let it do all the talking.
Are Louis Vuitton bags a good investment?
Take really, really good care of your best Louis Vuitton bag, and you may even find it becomes a shrewd investment. “Louis Vuitton tends to increase their prices by 2% to 25% each year, and that increase varies between styles and seasons,” explains Mahenoor. “The increase mostly applies to the iconic styles, which is why you could sell your classic Alma for exactly what you paid in a few years—maybe even more if you keep it in pristine condition.”
“Even better, if you were to purchase a recently-limited collaboration from the store directly, the item would then go for a premium on the resale market. This is usually thanks to the hype created around a collaboration, as well as the limited-run that would be available to just a few lucky buyers. A prime example of this would be the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collaboration from 2017. A classic Keepall from that collaboration can fetch roughly £6,000.” An impressive figure, and one that seems almost conservative when we find one on sale for almost $30,000 (that's in excess of £21,000) from a well-known designer outlet.
However, Lipfriend argues it's important to exercise some caution when investing in a Louis Vuitton bag with the hope of re-selling. The bag expert is dubious about the potential for your best Louis Vuitton bag to increase in value in some instances. “Much is written about resale values and there is the notion that expensive bags only go up in value. I think this is misleading as there are so many variables. For example, with Louis Vuitton monogram pieces, much depends on the rarity of the shape. There is usually a commission to pay for resale too, which can be as much as 40% of the sales price. As with all things I would advise customers to buy what they love and look after it well.”
Louis Vuitton Bags loved by celebrities
Tennis star Venus Williams attended the S/S 2021 show in top-to-toe Louis Vuitton, of course. With an LV monogrammed jacket, matching lace-up boots, and bag with a mini purse attached, Venus shows how much she loves the brand. The nostalgic chain handle shoulder bag is one you'll never tire of.
Pochette Félicia, $1,170/£865 | Louis Vuitton
It may be quite small, but it's the perfect size to take on a night out.
Round Coin Purse, POA | Louis Vuitton
The most adorable (and handy) coin purse, you can get them in lots of different designs.
US actor Elle Fanning knows how to travel in style. Sporting the Louis Vuitton heritage collection with the Horizon 55 suitcase and Speedy 35 city bag, these customizable styles are now iconic to the brand. You can choose the interior color, and add stripes and initials just like Elle.
Horizon 55 My LV Heritage, $4,150/£3,075 | Louis Vuitton
Travel in style with this gorgeous four-wheeled case that'll be the perfect companion on any trip.
Speedy 35 My LV Heritage, $1,800/£1,330 | Louis Vuitton
Looking for the perfect weekend bag? Look no further than the Speedy you can get in different sizes.
Model Kendall Jenner always carries an 'It' bag and one of her styles of choice is the Louis Vuitton x Stephen Sprouse design that adds instant nostalgia to any outfit. Bringing back a hint of the '00s, the collaboration first launched as part of the S/S 2001 show and has since been sought after by A-listers. Found pre-loved at the likes of Vestiaire Collective and Farfetch, the styles have LV's signature baguette-style combined with designer Stephen Sprouse's graphic graffiti logos.
Stephen Sprouse 2001 pre-owned Graffiti Monogram Pochette Handbag, $2,860/£2,114 | FarFetch
A statement if ever we've seen one, you'll find any excuse to show this style off.
A throwback to 2009, British model Rosie-Huntington Whiteley showed her love for one of the key styles—the Noé. Styling the burgundy bucket with a classic 'nice' top and jeans combo, this style has proven it's an iconic shape that'll never date. You can snap up a similar style over at second-hand luxury site Vestiaire Collective—if you're quick!
Pre-Loved Noé Leather Handbag, $868/£642 | Louis Vuitton at Vestiaire Collective
An iconic bag, this pre-loved beauty is bound to sell out at record speed so if you want it, get it fast.
Actor Laura Harrier is a Louis Vuitton ambassador so naturally, she attended an LV show dressed in the brand. Showing us all how to wear a full white look (with a touch of metallic), Laura let her bag be the center of attention. The bag in question is fresh from the 2021 Cruise collection featuring card suits including heart prints. While we wait patiently for it to arrive online, you can shop a similar pre-owned style at Farfetch from the 2010 collection.
Pre-owned Mini Speedy Bag, $5,815/£4,312 | Farfetch
One of the coolest Louis Vuitton bags around, this colorful style will update even the simplest of outfits.
Where is best to buy a Louis Vuitton bag?
There are a few different ways to invest in the best Louis Vuitton bag. The first is directly from the brand, or alternatively, you could pick one up from a designer department store such as Harrods or Fenwicks.
Prices range from around $800 to $5,500 (£565 to £4,000). If you’re not willing or able to pay full price, it is possible to find a cheap Louis Vuitton bag on resale sites. Just be wary of authenticity, and always buy through reputable outlets. “Louis Vuitton is a much-faked brand,” adds Lipfriend, so do your research to ensure you’re not being duped.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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