Avenue of Style: Louis Vuitton Montaigne

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Ever considering that Louis Vuitton graced us with Nicolas Ghesquière as inventive director in 2013, we have been witness to a resurgence in its Monogram line – with a twist! So whilst classic types like the Speedy, Neverfull and Keepall continue to reign supreme (pun intended!), there’s a formidable demand for numerous of its significantly less ubiquitous bags also. The Popincourt (this reminds me of Mary Poppins) or the Artsy, which boasts the likes of Angelina Jolie in its fan-base, come to thoughts, and what I seriously appreciate about these distinct styles is the house’s juxtaposition of a variety of colorful leather trims with iconic monogram, generating an instantaneously distinct appear.

1 of the earliest creations by Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton was the Montaigne, a sleek but spacious carryall that is got its personal PurseForum thread spanning the course of seven years and 242 pages! So what is it that tends to make this purse paradoxically each beneath-the-radar and but so well-liked?

Situated in the heart of Paris’ Golden Triangle and property to some of the most distinguished names of higher style, Avenue Montaigne is dubbed the property of Haute Couture. In truth, Dior also lately paid homage to this exceptionally trendy square with the creation of its Montaigne 30 bag, but Louis Vuitton’s tribute was launched a lot earlier (in handbag years!) back in 2014. The Montaigne Club began nearly specifically at the similar time, and it is nonetheless going robust.

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Featuring a central zipped compartment with a padlock and two significant open ones, the Montaigne comes in 3 distinct sizes- the BB, the MM and the GM, guaranteeing that there is a Montaigne for everybody. You can carry it in 3 distinct methods also – as a top rated-deal with, in the crook of the arm or as a shoulder bag. As for the BB, a crossbody choice is readily available also thanks to its added lengthy detachable strap, which guarantees maximum versatility. And when it comes to colors and supplies, Ghesquière has genuinely gone wild with the Montaigne – you can opt to get the iconic Monogram Canvas or the Empreinte leather that is readily available in five distinct hues! In truth, Louis Vuitton introduced a Monogram Vernis edition as nicely that was the excellent dressy day bag and came in seven distinct colors! You can nonetheless hunt them down on resale internet sites. At present, the Louis Vuitton web page has a specific bicolor Empreinte edition in giant monogram as nicely in each the MM and BB sizes – get them now, I have a feeling they’re going to sell out fast!

So as you guys can see, the Montaigne comes in so numerous distinct shades, supplies and sizes so there is genuinely no explanation why you shouldn’t get one particular. On the other hand, why is it nonetheless one particular of these styles that as Amanda (we miss you!) mentioned, capital-F style individuals sort of ignore? Offered just how roomy the bag is, which is masked by its sophisticated, structured design and style, I think this purse genuinely deserves additional consideration. No matter whether you schlep all your belongings in the GM to operate, or sling the BB to a girl’s evening out, there’s a excellent Montaigne for everybody.

In truth, to the delight of the members of the Montaigne Club, we have in fact observed a couple of renowned faces with the bag: author, yoga instructor and wife to Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, has the Vernis MM, whilst beauty blogger Alexandrea Garza and actress Holly Madison have a shared appreciate for the Empreinte MM in noir.

Holly Madison

Hilaria Baldwin

Not only that, I see the Montaigne as the excellent gateway into the planet of higher-style, the most appropriate bag to pick out as your very first luxury acquire. Not only do you see Speedys and Neverfulls everywhere, creating the Montaigne a good way to stand a small apart from the crowd, but also simply because it is a very functional, fashionable piece that you can use day-to-day for years to come. Not to mention, you can nonetheless get a good return on the resale marketplace if you fall out of appreciate with the bag (retaining roughly 80% typical resell worth!). Who wouldn’t like the sweet taste of enjoying a bag and acquiring a good deal back on a sale, proper?

No wonder it is so well-liked with every day purse lovers, if not with Hollywood’s A-listers. And when it comes to Louis Vuitton, specific editions are usually a ought to! The Montaigne is also readily available in a specific, braided leather deal with version if the Vachetta is not seriously your style, and you can certainly track down some pieces from the Masters LV x Koons collection (the Mona Lisa version was the quirkiest!). I’m eager to see additional collaborations involving the Montaigne.

2021 is a promising new year in that at final we see the light at the finish of the tunnel, but is that finish close to? That is challenging to inform, and as situations continue to rise, going to the Parisian thoroughfare of Avenue Montaigne might be a distant dream for so numerous of us. On the other hand that shouldn’t quit us from treating ourselves to our very first, or second, or third (let’s not kid ourselves, we can by no means have sufficient LVs) purse from the holy grail of handbag brands. For so numerous of us, getting a Louis Vuitton is a landmark moment, a sign that “I’ve produced it!” and the Montaigne, with its strength, functionality and sophistication, represents just that.

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