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Get to Know: Louis Vuitton Materials

Discover classic Louis Vuitton materials and fabrics

 

A brand as historical and famous as Louis Vuitton has more than earned its incredible recognition and industry-pull. Over the decades, the French fashion house has refused to pause on innovation, consistently adding new signatures to its lineup, blending its classics with artist and designer collaborations, and revamping some of its originals, all while magically holding that special "je ne sais quoi" that screams LV.

With more always on the horizon, the list of beloved Louis Vuitton fabrics and materials becomes an ever-evolving real-life catwalk. Delving a little deeper into 22 current top offerings, we look at what they're made of, and what makes them so unique.

Though less a focal point in your favorite designer handbag, Louis Vuitton pays careful attention to interiors as well, with six main offerings. What goes on the inside of your bag largely depends on what goes outside, adjusting based on the exterior, and the style, but year and place of manufacturing can also play a role.

Before buying your next authentic preloved Louis Vuitton handbag, review this quick Louis Vuitton leather and material guide to make sure you know what you're getting!

 

Exterior Louis Vuitton Materials

 

Authentic Louis Vuitton Musette Tango for sale

NAME: Monogram canvas

MATERIAL: Textured [vinyl] coated canvas

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 1896

ABOUT: The pattern was inspired by Japanese and Oriental designs that were trendy during the Victorian era

DESCRIPTORS: Durable, iconic, traditional

 

Louis Vuitton Natural Vachetta VIP Card Holder

 

NAME: Vachetta (often referred to today as cowhide)

MATERIAL: Natural, vegetable-tanned cowhide leather

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: N/A

ABOUT: Untreated, very delicate leather that starts out a light beige and darkens into a uniquely dark honey patina over time

DESCRIPTORS: Smooth, sensitive, quintessential

 

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Duomo Handle Bag

NAME: Damier Ebene

MATERIAL: Printed coated canvas

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 1888

ABOUT: The durable fabric bares its name "Damier" as it translates (French to English) to “checkerboard”

DESCRIPTORS: Sophisticated, classic, practical

 

Louis Vuitton Damier Azur Speedy 30

NAME: Damier Azur

MATERIAL: Printed coated canvas

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2006

ABOUT: A contemporary interpretation of the classic Damier Ebene print in a navy and cream colorway

DESCRIPTORS: Fresh, casual, clean

 

 

Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite Neo Eole 55

 

NAME: Damier Graphite

MATERIAL: Printed coated canvas

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2008

ABOUT: Created in honor of Louis Vuitton’s 120th anniversary of the canvas, this Damier Ebene edit is in black and charcoal gray

DESCRIPTORS: Contemporary, masculine, suave

 

Louis Vuitton Multicolore Litchi Insolite Wallet

 

NAME: Monogram Multicolore

MATERIAL: Textured coated canvas

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2003

ABOUT: Collaboration with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami that uses a total of 33 colors throughout the classic monogram design on a white or black base

DESCRIPTORS: Playful, daring, different

 

Louis Vuitton Mini Lin Alma Long

 

NAME: Monogram Lin/Monogram Idylle

MATERIAL: Canvas (58% cotton, 24% linen and 18% polyamide)

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2010 (reintroduced)

ABOUT: Mini Lin was the original name for this material but was later changed to Monogram Idylle

DESCRIPTORS: Sporty, relaxed, informal

 

 

Louis Vuitton Black Monogram Denim Neo Cabby MM

 

NAME: Monogram Denim

MATERIAL: Stonewashed denim

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2005

ABOUT: A more casual fabric available in pink, blue, green, gray, or black

DESCRIPTORS: Trendy, unique, cool

 

Louis Vuitton Red Monogram Vernis Reade PM

 

NAME: Monogram Vernis

MATERIAL: Coated debossed leather

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 1997

ABOUT: Introduced by Marc Jacobs when he was Artistic Director for the brand, the leather finish is similar to patent and its name translates to “Varnish Monogram”

DESCRIPTORS: Chic, sleek, dynamic

 

Louis Vuitton Rose Ballerine Epi Twist Belt Chain Wallet

 

NAME: Epi

MATERIAL: Specialty dyed textured leather

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 1985

ABOUT: Created in response to the increasing demand for a more durable leather material that could withstand modern travel conditions

DESCRIPTORS: Relaxed, reliable, textured

 

Louis Vuitton Amethyste Monogram Empreinte Fascinante

 

NAME: Monogram Empreinte

MATERIAL: Dyed, drummed, and debossed calfskin

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2010

ABOUT: One of Louis Vuitton’s more recent leather materials, joining their favored list of leathers including Epi, Taiga, and Taurillon

DESCRIPTORS: Fashionable, deluxe, universal

 

Louis Vuitton Lozan Briefcase

 

NAME: Taiga

MATERIAL: Corrected grain leather

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 1993

ABOUT: Named after the largest coniferous forest in Russia called the Taiga

DESCRIPTORS: Versatile, uncomplicated, professional

 

Louis Vuitton Black Suhali Leather Le Talentueux Bag

 

NAME: Suhali

MATERIAL: Natural grain goatskin

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2004

ABOUT: Items made with the Suhali leather are named for adjectives describing a “Louis Vuitton woman”

DESCRIPTORS: Lustrous, vivid, stark

 

Louis Vuitton Golden Yellow Taurillon Leather Capucines BB

 

NAME: Taurillon

MATERIAL: Natural grain calfskin

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: Unknown

ABOUT: Softens over time and is usually unmarked aside from foil stamps

DESCRIPTORS: Luxurious, refined, velvety

 

Louis Vuitton Cacao Suede Mahina Onatah PM

 

NAME: Monogram Mahina

MATERIAL: Perforated, drummed leather or suede

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2007

ABOUT: Named in honor of the Polynesian lunar god, Mahina, it was inspired by the phases of the moon

DESCRIPTORS: Subtle, effortless, versatile

 

Louis Vuitton Onyx Damier Infini Keepall Bandouliere 55

 

NAME: Damier Infini

MATERIAL: Debossed calfskin in damier pattern

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2011

ABOUT: Primarily used in men’s accessories and leather goods

DESCRIPTORS: Textured, innovative, limitless

 

Louis Vuitton Blue Since 1854 Jumbo Flatform Mules

 

NAME: Monogram Jacquard Since 1854

MATERIAL: Jacquard textile

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2020

ABOUT: In honor of the year Louis Vuitton was founded, 1854

DESCRIPTORS: Psychedelic, nonchalant, historic

 

Louis Vuitton Monogram Giant Pastel Escale Cosmetic Pouch

 

NAME: Monogram Giant Escale

MATERIAL: Coated canvas

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2020

ABOUT: Design was inspired by the traditional Japanese method of twisting fabrics before dying them, also known as Shibori

DESCRIPTORS: Summery, refreshing, graphic

 

 

Louis Vuitton Black Electric Epi Sobe Clutch

NAME: Epi Electric

MATERIAL: Epi leather with patent finish

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2011

ABOUT: High-gloss shiny version of the classic and matte Epi leather

DESCRIPTORS: Elevated, fierce, glamorous

 

  
Louis Vuitton Black Vernis Monogram Mat Malden

 

NAME: Monogram Mat

MATERIAL: Embossed leather with matte, metallic finish

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: Early 2000s

ABOUT: Limited edition collection no longer in production, but still available on the secondary market

DESCRIPTORS: Subtle, tailored, simple

 

Louis Vuitton White Crocodilien Mat Capucines Mini

 

NAME: Exotics

MATERIAL: Ostrich, python, crocodile matte, crocodile brilliant, Lizard

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: Varies

ABOUT: All exotic skins are responsibly sourced and derived from animals protected by the Washington convention (CITES)

DESCRIPTORS: Exclusive, luxurious, rare

 

 

NAME: Damier Carbone

MATERIAL: Carbon fiber coated canvas

YEAR OF INTRODUCTION: 2011

ABOUT: Limited edition material created for a luggage in collaboration with BMW’s i8

DESCRIPTORS: Kaleidoscopic, understated, handsome

 

 

Interior Louis Vuitton Materials 

 

Louis Vuitton Alcantara interior lining

NAME: Alcantara

MATERIAL: Red suede-like textile

 

Louis Vuitton Microfiber Interior Lining

NAME: Microfiber

MATERIAL: Smooth suede-like textile

 

Louis Vuitton Canvas Interior Lining

NAME: Canvas

MATERIAL: Woven cotton-blend

 

Louis Vuitton Crossgrain Leather Interior Lining

NAME: Crossgrain leather

MATERIAL: Crosshatch textured calfskin

 

Louis Vuitton Cowhide Interior Lining

NAME: Cowhide leather

MATERIAL: Smooth calfskin

 

 

Love that Bag etc does not carry vintages of this year, but we wouldn't recommend the discontinued interior, as it was prone to wear issues over time. Discover current Louis Vuitton models.

NAME: Vuittonite (pre 1997)

MATERIAL: Vinyl-like material

 

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