Many people have the misconception that Louis Vuitton bags are made out of leather, or at least all leather at that. However, did you know that while there are parts on Louis Vuitton handbags that are made from real leather most Louis Vuitton bags are made from coated canvas! Coated canvas is not leather at all and instead is a layer of cotton canvas that is coated with PVC, a plastic derivative. Coated canvas actually makes the bag a lot lighter and a lot more durable than other luxury handbags that are made from authentic real leather. It also makes Louis Vuitton bags a better investment! Still there are a lot who wonder how Louis Vuitton brand bags and such can be so pricy when they are just made from coated canvas. The fact is the production process for Louis Vuitton bags is much more of an in depth process than other coated canvas handbags, and their is a definite distinction with Louis Vuitton!
Facts On Coated Canvas Louis Vuitton Handbags
- Goes through 100 stages during production process before it can be sold on retail shelves.
- Louis Vuitton bag trim is made from authentic cowhide leather
- Much More Durable
- A lot lighter and great for those with back and shoulder issues
- Only the highest quality materials are used in production
For those that are wondering what types of leathers are used for luxury handbags outside of coated canvas………
3 Basic Leathers Used For Luxury Handbags:
Full-Grain Leather- Made from only the finest of all natural hides and have no imperfections at all! This leather is extremely durable and offers excellent quality and a smooth texture
Corrected-Grain Leather- This leather is also known as top grain leather. One side of this leather is smooth and the other side has a fuzzy texture. This is because the natura hide and texture is sanded down to showcase the smoother side. This type of leather offers versatility which adds to its beauty.
Suede- To achieve this type of leather the inside must be split. A soft velvety texture is created making it a favorite of many.
Exotic Leathers- while these leathers are a bit more rare they are also used in the production of luxury handbags. Think ostrich, stingray, crocodile, and snake/python
Even if you were thinking that Louis Vuitton bags were made completely of leather and have found out today that instead the material you covet so much is coated canvas, one fact remains the same. Louis Vuitton bags are made very well, they hold their value and they are one of the best luxury designer bags one can carry. So cheers to coated canvas we love your lightweight luxurious durability!
Over the years Louis Vuitton has branched out and collaborated on designs for their handbag line with many well known designers and artists. Not only did these collaborations make for some very beautiful collections it also added a twist to the already luxurious and coveted designers brand. In fact, we have probably said it before and we will say it again, Louis Vuitton is a definite force to be reckoned with in the fashion industry and with these collaborations he has proven that stepping outside of the box can only help to enhance his brand and make for some truly amazing and beautiful collections.
Louis Vuitton Top Handbag Collaborations
- 2003-2015 Takashi Murakami- Takashi Murakami is a well known Japanese artist who first began collaborating with Louis Vuitton for the release of its 2003 Summer/Spring Collection. Takashi helped to bring to life the much sought after Multicolore Monogram bag in both black & white with colorful monograms. Next came Cherry blossoms, Monogramouflage, and Character bags. In fact the multicolore bag was probably one of the most popular collaborations ever done by Louis Vuitton, which is why the course of the collaboration with Takashi Murakami lasted for 12 years! Louis Vuitton finally decided to end the collaboration series in 2015.
- 2003-2009 Stephen Sprouse- This collaboration started with the Spring/Summer Collection of 2001. Then Creative Director for Marc Jacobs, Stephen Sprouse was asked to aid in creating a unique collaboration design. Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas bags came out with Paris Graffiti embolized on the bag. In 2009 to celebrate the life of the famous Creative Director, Louis Vuitton released versions of the Speedy and Neverfull leather bags with Monogram Roses and Monogram Graffiti before the collaboration came to an end.
- 2017 Supreme- Louis Vuitton branched out a bit more during its collaboration with the brand Supreme for it’s men’s Fall/Winter Line in 2017. You could find the epi leather with the Supreme Logo as well as other items besides bags that included, smaller leather goods, jackets, jeans and belts. The collaboration only lasted for a short time but if you read the previous article on the 15 year old from Dubai who had is Ferrari vinyl wrapped with the Louis Vuitton Monogram and Supreme logo, you will get a better idea of what it looked like!
- 2014 Iconoclasts Collection- to celebrate Louis Vuitton brands 160th anniversary, Vuitton collaborated with 6 different famous artists/designers including Christian Louboutin, Frank Gehry, Cindy Sherman, Karl lagerfeld, Marc Newson, amd Rei Kawakubo to create the Iconic Monogram Canvas collection. What a collection it was!
While Louis Vuitton has definitely ahs other noteworthy collaborations and collections with other artists and designers we chose theses as the ones that stood out the most to us. One thing is for sure Louis Vuitton shows no sign of stopping in the brands creative department or as being one of the most coveted handbag designers out there no matter the passage of time.