Harper's Bazaar June 2018 - Page 74

ACCESSORIES Bazaar THE SPEEDY Louis Vuitton’s Speedy bag was originally known as the Express. Launched in 1932, the style was given a name that referenced exciting new developments in transportation and travel. Two decades later, this capacious, streamlined design made its way into the spotlight. One of its famous wearers, Audrey Hepburn, was photographed with her Speedy at an airport, underscoring its reputation as a tasteful yet practical carryall. Made from Louis Vuitton’s signature monogram canvas, Hepburn’s bag was instantly recognisable. The Speedy was intended as an essential, everyday bag that was made to last, and it remained one of the brand’s most economical styles for several decades. Yet it rose in status, and cost, when it became an especially popular ‘It’ bag during the early years of the 21 st century. The sleek style also worked well with Louis Vuitton’s dynamic artist collaborations, which featured the work of well-known names such as Takashi Murakami and Yayoi Kusama. The Speedy is among the best-selling designs in the company’s history.