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Louis Vuitton vintage monogram backpack
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Capri, IT
Louis Vuitton vintage monogram backpack
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1990s Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage EPI Briefcase Clutch
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Bilbao, ES
Louis Vuitton Vintage EPI Briefcase Clutch Bag Business Bag Document Bag toredoburu Measurements Height: 28cm 11,02 inches Length: 39cm 15,35 inches Orders welcome all goods are ...
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1970s Briefcases and Attachés

Louis Vuitton Vintage Damier Sauvage Lionne Brown Calf Hair Bag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in London, GB
Louis Vuitton Vintage Damier Sauvage Lionne Brown Calf Hair Bag - Limited edition, vintage piece - Iconic Damier checkerboard print rendered in closely shaved calf hair - Features f...
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2010s Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage 1970's Monogram Sac Bavore 3 Poches Mini Tote Bavolet 48l
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Dix hills, NY
Louis Vuitton Vintage 1970's Monogram Sac Bavore 3 Poches Mini Tote Bavolet 48lk49 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 12" Width: 1.2" Height: 8.5" Handle Drop: 7" OVERALL GO...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Brown Leather & Wood Trunk
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Listing Title: Louis Vuitton Vintage Brown Leather & Wood Trunk SKU: 116212 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Handbag Condition: Fair Condition Comments: Fair Condition. Standard wear thro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Suitcases and Trunks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Brown Epi Leather Lena Clutch
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Nice, FR
LOUIS VUITTON vintage LENA clutch in brown epi leather. Flap and gold toned ring closure. One inner open pocket. Embossed ® LOUIS VUITTON. Made in France. Serial number : VI 0970. ...
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20th Century Clutches

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Customized Ladybug Pochette Accessories Pouch
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Louis Vuitton Vintage Hand Painted Ladybug Monogram accessories Pouch in excellent condition. Signature monogram canvas exterior trimmed with tan lather and gold hardware. Monogram c...
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Early 2000s Pouches and Wristlets

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Pochette Marly Bandouliere 28lv127s
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Dix hills, NY
Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Pochette Marly Bandouliere 28lv127s Date Code/Serial Number: 841 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 8" Width: 1.2" Height: 4.2" Shoulder Handle D...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Canvas Tuileries Messenger Bag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Rome, Rome
Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Canvas 'Tuileries' Messenger Bag. Monogram Canvas and genuine leather. Adjustable leather shoulder strap. Upper zipper closure. Interior fully lined in...
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20th Century Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

LOUIS VUITTON Vintage Hunting Travel Bag in Brown Toile and Leather
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Paris, FR
LOUIS VUITTON Vintage Hunting Travel Bag. This Hunting bag is from the early 1980s, which is why there is no serial number. It is in brown Monogram coated canvas with natural cowhide...
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1980s Luggage and Travel Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Train Case Vanity Hard Trunk 69lk322s
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Dix hills, NY
Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Train Case Vanity Hard Trunk 69lk322s Date Code/Serial Number: 8901 Made In: France Measurements: Length: 12.5" Width: 8" Height: 8.5" Shoulder Hand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage French Co Monogram Bandouliere Crossbody Bag 1222lv26
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Dix hills, NY
Louis Vuitton Vintage French Co Monogram Bandouliere Crossbody Bag 1222lv26 Made In: U.S.A Measurements: Length: 11" Width: 2.75" Height: 7.5" Shoulder Handle Drop: 18"-20.5" O...
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21st Century and Contemporary Crossbody Bags and Messenger Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Suitcase
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Vintage suitcase by Louis Vuitton, in great vintage condition. France 1940s.
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Vintage 1940s French Trunks and Luggage

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H 17 in. W 28 in. D 8.5 in.
Louis Vuitton Vintage Travel Suitcase
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Classic travel luggage from 1930-1939. Louis Vuitton suitcase with lovely leather trim and brass hardware. The leather handle has repairs that do not detract from the look or funct...
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Vintage 1930s French Hollywood Regency Luggage Racks

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Leather, Canvas

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H 8.5 in. W 28 in. D 17.25 in.
Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Galleria Bag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage LV Galleria Bag is made with brown Monogram canvas with vachetta leather finishes and features an etched plate with logo at front, single shoulder strap, brass hardware ...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Cité MM Satchel
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
The Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Cite MM Bag is perfect for everyday wear and big enough to hold all your daily essentials such as cell phone, wallet, make-up and more. This is the ...
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Early 2000s Structured Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Damier PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing on exterior, scuffs and marks on base, wear on base corners and in interior. Indentations on handles, marks in interior, scratche...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage travel bag size Unique
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Vintage Monogram leather Double handle Double buckle on each side Zip closure Address-pendant Large zip pocket in one of the two compartments Cm 68 x 38 (2677 x 1496 inches) Few sign...
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2010s Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Babylone Tote (2002)
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This large tote bag is made with brown coated canvas with monogram print and features vachetta cowhide leather finishes, tall straps, brass hardware, top zip closure and a dark sand...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Pochette Twin PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This style Pochette Twin PM bag is made with brown monogram canvas and features tanned vachetta leather finishes, snap closure at front flap and alcantara interior lining. COLOR: Br...
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Early 2000s Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage travel bag size Unique
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Gazzaniga (BG), IT
Vintage Monogram leather Double handle Three compartments Zip closure Address-pendant Cm 68 x 38 (2677 x 1496 inches) Few signs on the leather buckles see pictures Some missing zip s...
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2010s Duffel Bags and Carry-On Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Vernis Houston Tote
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Vernis monogram patent leather Louis Vuitton Houston tote with brass hardware, tan Vachetta leather trim, dual flat shoulder straps, beige leather lining, dual pockets at interior wa...
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1990s Tote Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas GM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing, on exterior, darkening, heavy wear, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims, indentations on base. Moderate wear and pilling straps undern...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and scuffs on exterior and handles, cracking on handle wax edges, peeling on handle base wax edges. Wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas GM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate darkening, wear, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims, creasing on exterior. Wear and pilling on straps, minor wear and marks underneath...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims and handles, small marks and wear in interior, scratches and ta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Darkening, scuffs and wear on leather trims, base and handles, indentations on base. Wear on interior base, scratches and tarnish on hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate darkening, scuffs, watermarks and wear on leather trims, base and handles, wear and pilling in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior, heavy darkening, scuffs, wear and watermarks on leather trims, handle and straps, cracking on strap bases. Moderate ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Darkening, wear, scuffs, watermarks and indentations on leather trims and handles, wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardware. Access...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear and peeling on base and opening edges, creasing, marks and scuffs on exterior. Wear and darkening on handles, wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on ha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate darkening, scuffs, wear and watermarks on base, leather trims and handles, indentations on base. Glue stain on rear handle base hardware, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas GM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior and leather trims, moderate darkening, watermarks and marks on leather trims, flap closure and drawstring. Pilli...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Outlet. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior, heavy darkening, marks, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims and handles. Cracking and peeling on handle wax edg...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Wear on base corners and handles, minor scuffs and small marks on exterior. Cracking on handle wax edges, light wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardw...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas GM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Creasing on exterior, moderate darkening, wear and water stains on leather trims, pilling on straps. Moderate wear, discoloration and pilling underneath flap and in ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Moderate wear, scuffs, marks and creasing on exterior, cracking on handle wax edges. Wear, stains and pen marks in interior, splitting on interior ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Moderate creasing on exterior, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and water stains on leather trims and handles. Splitting on handle wax edges, wear and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Vernis Houston Tote 2001
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Montreal, Quebec
Vernis means varnish in French, which explains the shiny and sparkly effect of the Vernis leather bags. This bag is made with monogram embossed leather, dual natural leather shoulder...
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21st Century and Contemporary Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Canvas Sirius 55 Suitcase
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Rome, Rome
Splendid Louis Vuitton soft-sided SIRIUS 55 suitcase crafted in classic and timeless brown Monogram canvas. It features gold-tone hardware, natural cowhide leather trim and accents, ...
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Early 2000s Suitcases and Trunks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Boulogne Shoulder Bag (1998)
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This shoulder bag is made with brown monogram on toile canvas with aged vachetta cowhide leather on the shoulder strap, base corners and trim. The bag features brass hardware, top zi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Structured Shoulder Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Papillon 22 Butterfly Bag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Montreal, Quebec
This vintage mini bag measures 22 cm in length and is made with brown coated canvas with monogram print and aged caramel color natural leather trim and finishes. The bag features an...
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21st Century and Contemporary Tote Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas MM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Outlet. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims and straps, darkening and wear underneath flap and in interio...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Minor wear and scuffs on exterior and handles, cracking on handle wax edges, peeling on handle base wax edges. Wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardwa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas GM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Great. Creasing on exterior, minor darkening and marks on leather trims, flap closure and drawstring, scratches and discoloration on hardware. Accessories: Dust Bag Measur...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Slight creasing on exterior, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and water stains on leather trims and handles, peeling on handle wax edges. Wear and sta...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas GM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, darkening, watermarks and wear on leather trims, flap closure and drawstring. Minor pilling on straps, marks in interior, scr...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Minor wear on base corners and in interior, scuffs on exterior, light splitting on interior pocket corners, scratches and tarnish on hardware....
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims and straps, peeling and splitting on handle and strap wax edges...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior and straps, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and water stains on leather trims, handle and straps, indentations on base. Wear and...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Very good. Odor in interior. Creasing, wear and marks on exterior and handles, moderate wear on base corners, cracking on handle wax edges. Moderate wear and small stains ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Brown Serviette Conseiller Briefcase
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Classic vintage Louis Vuitton monogram serviette conseiller accordion-style briefcase. Carry documents in style with this brown bag with three compartments and a zippered portion for...
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20th Century French More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Epi Leather PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Repainted base trims and handles. Moderate wear on base corners, creasing, scuffs and marks on exterior, minor wear on handles. Loose stitch on fro...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas MM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Creasing on exterior, moderate wear on exterior and in interior, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and water stains on leather trims and straps. Splitting on strap base ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Good. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, heavy darkening, wear, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims and handles. Wear in interior, scratches and tarnish on hardwar...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Canvas Speedy 25 Bag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This stylish vintage speedy 25 is crafted of monogram canvas, dual rounded handles and trimmings in natural cowhide leather. Featuring a golden color metallic hardware, single zip cl...
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Early 2000s Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Montsouris Backpack Monogram Canvas GM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing and wear on exterior, heavy darkening, watermarks and scuffs on leather trims, flap closure and drawstring, pilling on drawstring. Peeling...
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21st Century and Contemporary Backpacks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Alma Handbag Monogram Canvas PM
By Louis Vuitton
Located in New York, NY
Condition: Fair. Odor in interior. Creasing on exterior, moderate darkening, wear, scuffs and watermarks on leather trims and handles. Heavy wear and stains in interior, small tears ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Top Handle Bags

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Canvas Keepall 60 Travel Bag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Rome, Rome
Louis Vuitton classic Monogram Canvas vintage 'Keepall 60' Travel bag. Monogram canvas, brown canvas lining, natural cowhide trim. Golden brass pieces. Double zip closure. Rounded le...
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21st Century and Contemporary Suitcases and Trunks

Louis Vuitton Vintage Monogram Pochette Twin PM Shoulder Bag
By Louis Vuitton
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
The Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Pochette Twin PM Bag is the perfect accessory to carry all your personal items such as cell phone, makeup and keys. This versatile bag comes with an...
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1990s Pouches and Wristlets

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Louis Vuitton Vintage For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the vintage or contemporary louis vuitton vintage you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Our collection includes a variety of colors, spanning Black, Brown, Orange and more. Finding the perfect louis vuitton vintage may mean sifting through those that were made during different time periods — popular versions were made as early as the 18th Century and a newer one, made as recently as the 21st Century, can also be found on the site. There aren’t many items for men if you’re seeking these accessories, as most of the options available are for women and unisex.

How Much is a Louis Vuitton Vintage?

Prices for a louis vuitton vintage can differ depending upon size, designer and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $64 and can go as high as $27,242, while, on average they fetch $847.

Louis Vuitton Biography and Important Works

The story behind iconic luxury brand Louis Vuitton — best known for its esteemed handbags, crossbody bags, leather goods, ready-to-wear clothing and more — is one of craft and innovation in the worlds of fashion, jewelry and furniture.

The company’s modest origins can be traced back to when its founder, Louis Vuitton (1821–92), wishing to free himself from the conventional lifestyle in his provincial French city of Anchay as well as a difficult stepmother, left in the early 1830s to make a new life in Paris. The young Vuitton was 13 at the time and would need to travel on foot to get to the capital, which was hundreds of miles away. With stops along the way to make money so that he could forge ahead, the journey took a couple of years, but reward was close at hand.

When he arrived in Paris, Vuitton made a living with his hands. He toiled as a box maker and packer for more than a decade and built relationships with royals and members of the upper class while working for the empress of France, Eugenie de Montijo. In 1854, Vuitton launched his namesake company. The craftsman opened a humble workshop on rue Neuve des Capucines and advertised his services with a small poster that read: “Securely packs the most fragile objects. Specializing in packing fashions.”

Long before his brand would become known globally for its exemplary top-handle bags and stylish totes, Vuitton produced stackable and rectangular trunks. The most common trunks of the era were round, which weren’t ideal for toting and storing. In 1858, Vuitton debuted his lightweight, handcrafted canvas trunks, which were sturdy, rugged and equipped with convenient compartments. Travel’s popularity broadened in the late 19th century, and Vuitton’s trunks could easily be packed into train cars and ships — upright trunks meant hanging wardrobe storage that would allow his clients to transport their sophisticated garments without worry. Demand increased and the company grew. When Louis Vuitton died in 1892, control of the luxury house was passed onto his only son, Georges Vuitton.

In 1914, a Louis Vuitton store opened at 70 Champs-Élysées. The largest travel-goods store in the world at the time, it became the company’s flagship.

The Louis Vuitton brand embodies all the attributes of luxury, from the craftsmanship, exclusivity and relevance to heritage. It’s only appropriate that it boasts one of the most recognizable insignias — the imaginative interlocking of letters and fleurettes — in the fashion world. The famous LV monogram was first used in 1896 as part of an initiative by Georges to prevent counterfeiting of his coveted new line of travel trunks. It’s one of the earliest examples of fashion branding.

The LV monogram would soon appear on everything from bags and various fashion accessories to alligator-skin champagne cases, from stylish apparel and earrings to teddy bears and airplane models.

On 1stDibs, the unmistakable insignia can be found on both modern and vintage Louis Vuitton shoulder bags, suitcases, original 19th-century trunks, jackets and more.

Finding the Right Handbags and Purses for You

An integral part of fashion, handbags and purses have been indispensable accessories ever since we began to carry around personal items. Level of craftsmanship, style and shape matters — from coin purses in ancient Greece to early 20th-century opera bags and onward, handbags have evolved considerably over the years to meet our needs and desires, whether or not you happen to be prioritizing functionality over a flashy exterior.

Once, a single “It” handbag ruled each fashion season. No more. Today, handbag lovers are savvier and have a wider range of shopping options. Nevertheless, classic bags still rule.

“It is not a fashion bag — it is a statement bag,” says Mightychic's Debra Kent of Hermès's widely beloved accessories. “When you carry an iconic Hermès bag — Birkin, Kelly, Constance — no one knows how long you have been into this culture or if you are a newbie. Your status is validated immediately.”

First released in 1997, Fendi's Baguette rose to fame along with Carrie Bradshaw, the Sex and the City character portrayed by Sarah Jessica Parker. Recently, the design has seen such a resurgence in popularity that Fendi has reissued it.

They are part of design history, so owning a handbag has meaning. As New York–based fashion historian Sarah C. Byrd says, “You have made the choice to invest in this piece because you understand the value of it in the past and in the future to come.”

From a 1980s Chanel black leather quilted mini buckle bag to the rare Hermès Birkin 30cm Himalayan with diamond hardware to a range of 19th century bags, find a rich variety of vintage and designer handbags and purses spanning numerous brands on 1stDibs — seasonal “It” designation no longer needed.