When I was a young fashion assistant with next-to-no income, I recall being flabbergasted when I overheard a colleague describing her newly purchased Louis Vuitton Speedy bag. "It's OK," she said, "I'll use it as a gym bag." I couldn't believe that a fashion editor would describe a classic Louis Vuitton handbag (or anything from the famed design house) as only "OK." At the time, I was scrimping and saving to be able to buy the much smaller (and much less expensive) pouch. When I had saved enough money I proudly walked into the store, and even though my purchase was peanuts to the salespeople, I received the royal treatment and couldn't have been more excited about my Vuitton bag (and the fancy dustbag that came with it!).
I did go on to buy the larger "Speedy" purse in the classic brown canvas with the LV monogram, and I loved it. It was large enough that I even used it as a tote for weekend trips. Since then, my style has changed and, though I avoid anything monogrammed, I have continued to collect Louis Vuitton bags when my budget allowed, especially when designer Marc Jacobs teamed up with fabulous artists to come up with whimsical creations. Some of my favorites include the multicolored bags he created with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, or more recently, his playful, polka-dotted collaboration with artist Yakoi Kusama.
I'm not alone in my love of Louis Vuitton. Stars like Michael Phelps and Angelina Jolie star in the advertising campaigns, and celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Kardashian are spotted out and about in Louis Vuitton clothes, shoes and handbags. Lady Gaga even described her recently colored hair as "Louis Vuitton brown." Designer Marc Jacobs keeps the house young and inspired with fashion shows that take place on trains (trains!) -- and his own over-the-top style.
Here, 38 stars donning Louis Vuitton, as well as a few shoppable options. I think it's time to take my Speedy bag out of retirement.