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Louis Vuitton’s history as a luxury travel pioneer

The history of Louis Vuitton as a luxury fashion brand is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing and rich stories to tell. While each and every lover of Louis Vuitton has their own personal connection to the French fashion house: nostalgic memories of mom’s favourite bag, the first luxury purchase made after a new job… finding out more about our favourite designer’s heritage can offer exciting and new-found appreciation.

 

Each iconic bag carries a little piece of history that yearns to be told

This amazing story all began when Louis Vuitton, the founder, decided at the young age of 16 to travel to Paris and become a master trunk maker. Under the tutelage of Monsieur Maréchal, Louis Vuitton perfected his craft for 17 years before deciding to open his very own workshop in 1854. For decades, the iconic French fashion house created luxury trunks, baggage, and other fine leather goods that would earn a reputation for unrivalled quality and expert craftsmanship. As the times began to change and the needs of travellers expanded, along with the boom in leisurely travel, Louis Vuitton decided to innovate their line of luxury travel products by introducing their first ever travel bag in 1930. The oldest style of bag still in production to this day is indeed the Keepall! The Keepall was revolutionary in its time since it gave travellers the freedom to move around more comfortably with a flexible and less cumbersome piece of baggage. The Keepall’s convenient features retain their value to this day. You can get this Louis Vuitton bag in all of its different styles and sizes ranging from 45, 50, 55, and 60 cm in width. If you’re looking for a used designer weekend bag on the bigger side, the Keepall 55 Bandouliere has everything you need for a quick getaway, along with its handy matching strap to help carry the load. You may also want to discover our range of used Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandouliere bags to find the size that suits your needs.

LV USED KEEPALL 55

 

Towards the future of familiar luxury bags

Not long after the widespread love for the Keepall bag, a new bag would soon emerge from Louis Vuitton that without a doubt forever changed the future of the brand. The Speedy originally came out as a more compact iteration of the Keepall. Intended for daily use, the Speedy was the very first purse made by LV, which came in sizes of 30, 35, and 40cm. Although the Speedy was meant to be a more lightweight option to carry one’s personal items, it had not yet taken off as one of Louis Vuittons’ iconic it-bags. That moment came when Audrey Hepburn, in 1959, made a special request to the bag’s maker for a slightly smaller size that could be even easier to manage in daily life. When the Speedy 25 finally made its way to the public, it became an instant hit. Although we can only speculate, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if the widespread love for the new compact bag had nudged Louis Vuitton to keep pursuing its craft of luxury bags and purses. You can find a large selection of authentic Speedy 25 luxury bags with us. We also carry other used Louis Vuitton Speedy bags to choose from.

authentic Speedy 25 luxury bags

 

The legacy of luxury travel continues

The spirit of travel friendly bags naturally led to the use of larger tote bags that could be used daily. While large tote bags are not strictly for travel, they remain a great option for easy on-the-go carrying. The most iconic Louis Vuitton tote is certainly the Neverfull. Given its name it's not too hard to figure out why the Neverfull is so beloved. Available in a variety of different colours, materials, and sizes, this bag offers a lot of flexibility and allows excellent carrying capacity without impairing ease of access. We offer a selection of used Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM bags to pick from. You can also check out all of our other authentic Neverfull bags that are useful for both daily life and smart travelling. If you’re in need of a used luxury tote bag, we carry a variety of bags from different luxury brands.

used Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM bags

 

Louis Vuitton’s modern luxury travel bags are still top-notch

While no other LV bags quite hold the same historical significance as the Keepall and Speedy bags, the French fashion house has maintained its travel roots throughout various designs. We carry the second-hand luxury Greenwich PM bag, which is a top handle travel bag with a loosely-structured design that’s meant for easy transportation for an impromptu trip. You’ll notice that this bag stays true to some of the brands earlier designs since its look isn’t too dissimilar from the Keepall, especially with its large top handles that aid in comfortable carrying. If pre-loved top handle bags are of interest to you, we may have what you’re looking for.

second-hand luxury Greenwich PM bag


Luxurious designs that maintain their quality even as used luxury bags

The Alize 24 Heures is a great example of a more contemporary piece that’s been created to make travelling more efficient. One of the most important elements to look out for when choosing a good travel bag is how well it can organise your belongings. The Alize 24 Heures possesses two separate zipper compartments for easy organisation. Inside each compartment, you’ll find additional pockets to separate more of your belongings according to your needs. Fill up this lightweight and easily organisable second-hand luxury travel bag and you’re ready to go. LXR has Alize 24 Heures second-hand designer bags in case you’re interested.

Alize 24 Heures second-hand designer bags

 

Contemporary designs with the same attention to detail

The modern-looking Jorn bag is very handy for travelling just as much as it is for work. It features an adjustable strap that can easily be worn across the body. The outside of the bag is beautifully structured to hold your personal items without having them shift around too much. Inside the bag, you will find a zipper compartment for ease of organisation. The Jorn will have no problem carrying your laptop and other daily essentials you will need at a moment’s notice. Come check out our selection of second-hand luxury bags.

second-hand luxury Jorn bags

 

Louis Vuitton’s modern suitcases brings us full circle

To finish off our list of Louis Vuitton travel bags, it only seems logical to end it on the most used modern kind of luggage. The Pegase suitcase is a contemporary creation that’s found in beautiful scratch-resistant Monogram Canvas or Damier. This luxury suitcase offers ease of transportation with its smooth wheels and adjustable handle.You will find the Pegase in versions of either 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, or 70 in width. We find that the Pegase 45 is ideally sized as a carry-on you won’t struggle too much with on those tight flights. Find the right size among our other second-hand luxury Pegase suitcases.

 Louis Vuitton Travel Pegase suitcase

 

Louis Vuitton’s roots may have begun in expertly-crafted luxury trunks, but we couldn’t be happier that their fascinating legacy led to the iconic fashion brand that we know today. Explore our collection of used travel bags if you need more inspiration for your future purchase. If you’d like to learn more about Louis Vuitton bags, we previously wrote about 5 Louis Vuitton handbags and purses worth investing in. Our last article was about 5 investment-worthy bags under 5000$  in case you’d like to read about that.