The Evolution Of The Louis Vuitton Speedy

The Evolution Of The Louis Vuitton Speedy

When you say Louis Vuitton, the first handbag that comes to mind is Speedy. This quintessential bag was launched in the market in 1930. Speedy was originally designed by Keepall as a travel bag and answered the prayer of globe trotters' demand for something light, efficient, and handy. It is a smaller version of the Keepall duffle bag, originally named “Express” inclined from a brand’s roots in luggage.




The original size of Speedy was 30cm wide, which is why it's called Speedy 30, with the number referring to the size of the handbag. The bag is designed to be a stylish companion for everyday use, with a structured and roomy interior that can hold all your daily essentials. It was first produced in elegant Classic Monogram, enduring Damier Ebene, and supple Damier Azur canvas, and all of them are made with durable natural cowhide leather trim, textile lining, and luxurious gold hardware. The reference for each bag is either made in France, Spain, Italy, or the US.

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In 1960, the iconic film and fashion figure, Audrey Hepburn, made a special request to Louis Vuitton to create a smaller size of the Speedy to use as an everyday bag. This resulted in a miniature size of 25cm called Louis Vuitton Speedy 25. Audrey Hepburn’s iconic style influenced the entire fashion industry. Since then, the handbag's demand and value have increased massively, making it one of the most prized possessions of LV. Now, this is the most sought-after size than any other Speedy.




The classic Speedy bag comes in different sizes, typically referred to by its length in centimeters. Each size of the Speedy’s length increases by 5cm and has a slight difference in depth. The most popular sizes are Speedy 25, 30, and 35, with 35 being the largest and 25 being the smallest.


Speedy Bag Sizes Table

Louis Vuitton Speedy Model

Dimension (Length x Height x Width)

Speedy Micro

8.5 x 5.8 x 4.8 cm

Speedy Nano

16 x 10 x 7.5 cm

Speedy 18

18 x 12 x 10 cm

Speedy 20

20 x 15 x 12.5 cm

Speedy 25

25 x 19 x 15 cm

Speedy 30

30 x 21 x 17 cm

Speedy 35

35 x 23 x 18 cm

Speedy 40

40 x 26 x 23 cm

Speedy 50

50 x 32 x 29 cm


In 2011, Louis Vuitton introduced the Speedy Bandoulière, which means “strap” in French. It gives a complete makeover to a regular Speedy, being more structured than its regular counterpart. It features cowhide leather on the side of the bag and a hook for a removable strap. Now, the Speedy has become more furnished and can be worn as a shoulder bag, cross body, or top handle. It also has a two-way zipper that makes it easier to open the bag. This has become the most preferred bag of modern travelers who opt for an adaptable, hands-free, and on-the-go bag.


The design has changed over time since 1930 but the classic Speedy remains in demand, even though there has been a significant increase in price over the years. Almost a century after the birth of the Speedy, it is already hailed as one of the top entry-level designer handbags ever made. Being available in the market for over 90 years, this bag is the classic of all classics. The Louis Vuitton Speedy remains the most coveted timeless house icon.


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