⟪ LOUIS VUITTON ⟫ Speedy Bandouliere 30 in Damier Ebene – Review + Wear & Tear

For many people, the first Louis Vuitton purchase is either the Neverfull or Speedy, and I am no exception. I chose the Speedy for its iconic look and just because I love the way that it appears when worn on the crook of the elbow or held by the top handles at your side.IMG_0550

I made the purchase in January of 2016 with Hubbie at the LV store on Union Square in San Francisco. I chose to purchase the Bandouliere version because I like to be handsfree when I’m out shopping or running errands. I also preferred the Damier Ebene print because I won’t have to worry about the vachetta leather, AND it’s a bit more understated than the monogram print.


It’s been about a year and a half since I’ve had the bag, and I’ve got some thoughts on it that I hope will help someone who is thinking about purchasing this piece.

It’s a beautiful bag, and the 30 has a lot of space for all the things you would need to carry around on a day-to-day basis. I now have an infant son, so I need to always be carrying extra diapers, baby wipes, extra change of clothes, etc. Although I use my Longchamp Le Pliage bag for a diaper bag, I could definitely fit my baby’s essentials nicely in this bag along with my necessities (wallet, keys, etc.).


When I bought this bag in January 2016, the SA informed me that the zipper on the interior pocket is a brand new addition to the Speedy design. I actually just keep the lock and keys that came with the bag inside there, although it would be a good spot to put small items like keys in there if needed.


The DE print and Speedy silhouette is also so easy to match with any casual outfit. It’s great for those of us who want to get a lot of use from the bag to get our money’s worth, and it’s so convenient because you don’t have to think about matching this bag with whichever outfit you’re wearing for the day.

On top of that, my bag looks brand new without any wearing on the bottom corners or any of the edges around. I don’t really baby it, but I’m also not roughly tossing it around either.

I don’t like the saggy look of it when you put things in, so I purchased a base shaper online to prevent the bottom from sinking down. I’ve heard of people also using magazines, or a cardboard cutout — whatever works, really. Others do like the saggy look and say it’s how it was designed to be, but it’s just my own personal preference to keep the shape since I like structured bags.


When I purchased this piece, the SA brought out the charms. I didn’t plan to purchase a charm because they’re very pricey for a bag charm, but the Fleur de Monogram Chain Charm was so beautiful… that I went ahead and bought it. It’s one of the only ones I did really like though, so I told myself it was one and done. The chain really adds to the overall look of the bag, and since it’s DE print, I feel that the monogram isn’t overdoing it. It looks lovely, when paired together with the bag, but please take note that the charm did cause some discoloration to the leather area that it rubs on. However, I used a leather lotion to condition the leather bits and the discoloration disappeared. Also, there is absolutely no damage to the canvas.

If there’s one thing that I don’t like, it would be the fact that the bag gets really heavy once filled with your items and I tend to put more things in a bag that has more room. I also think that for my frame (I’m 5′ 2″) the 30 is too big for me to use as a true cross body bag, so I have never once used the strap extender that comes with it (transforms the bandouliere from a shoulder strap to a cross body strap).

Nowadays with an infant in tow, I have a dedicated diaper bag and have started to use smaller cross body bags to hold my own items. I don’t reach for this bag much anymore, but for those who want a roomy, carefree bag, I would recommend the Speedy 30 Bandouliere in Damier Ebene print.

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