Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 30 – First Impressions and Review

So, after a good 10 years of pining, making scrapbook pages and just lusting hopelessly, I finally got to get my dream handbag of a Louis  Vuitton Speedy 30 as a graduation gift. And now, after a month and a bit of using it virtually everyday, I think I can finally write a review on it as being an investment piece, and as an everyday handbag.
So, which handbag did I pick?

The Speedy collection ranges in different sizes – from the teensy Nano through to the 25-40 versions, and with a variety of prints and colours at your disposal:

  • The Monogram – traditional LV printed monogram.
  • The Damier Ebene – brown checkered print.
  • The Damier Azure – cream and blue/grey checkered print.

There are plenty of options for your personal taste. With the addition of the crossbody strap, the Speedy evolves into the Bandouliére design, which in turn also has the Monogram, Damier and the Empreinte design (a embossed leather finish in a variety of colours).

So, as you can see, there is a lot of different colours, styles and choices to make. I chose the Monogram print, as I’ve always loved the LV print over the checkered brown, and I like the idea of the pale patina leather (more of that down below).

Now, I’m a girl who carries the world and its kitchen sink in my bag. As a reader, I always have to have a book with me, and usually there’s chargers, cardigans and just an assortment of crap that gets shoved in the bottom of my bag in case I need it. So I prefer handbags that have a crossbody strap, as it bears some weight off my wrists and has that added security bonus. So for me, the Bandouliére was the perfect design.

But what I get most asked is’how much was it?’, and the answer is very simple. It cost £790. And don’t get me wrong, I appreciate how lucky I am to own this bag, and to be given it as a gift was incredibly generous of my family. But for a designer bag that has been tried-and-tested to be long-lasting, and virtually indestructible as a everyday bag, I think it is worth every penny. Another interesting fact I was told is that the pale calfskin colour of the strap, handles and side would darken in time due to the use and exposure to the elements, which I personally cannot wait for. I love that the bag changes as the years go past, as it shows that I’ve been using it.

So, how does this bag fare? Well, whilst I was at the shop, I was allowed to test out both the 30 and 35 size, as I wasn’t sure how big and deep the bags were. And for me, as a big-bag lover, the 30 was the perfect size. It has plenty of room inside for everything I need, and I’m sure that if I needed to, I could turn this into an overnight bag.

If you detach the shoulder strap, the 30 still retains that capable and comfortable handbag feel, whilst to me, the 35 would have looked a little oversized. However, you need to be mindful of the openings of both bags. The zip opening of the 30 is fine for me, but I do find myself sometimes slotting things in at an angle to actually get them into the bag. The 35 may also have the added room so you can completely overfill your bag with every possible necessity, and it not appearing fit to burst. But, it’s entirely up to you and your personal preference.

The bag is brown canvas inside, so there is no worry of scratching any soft leather if you shove your life into this bag, and it has one inside pocket. The inside pocket isn’t the most open or widest pocket ever, so usually I just stick something flat inside there,such as train tickets or keys. The bag also comes with the added security of a lock and key.

I also chose the Bandouliére over the traditional Speedy due to the added shoulder strap, and security that it brings. The Speedy’s handles are notoriously small, so really it can only be held in the hands or in the crock of the elbow. And sometimes, when you have a lot of stuff in your bag, or you just want to have it out of the way, that can feel a bit overwhelming or heavy. Also, despite the Classic Speedy having flaps for a possible strap, these are just punctuared holes in a piece of leather, so if you overburdened your bag, and had a strap holding it up, it may rip and completely disfigure the shape of your bag.

With the Bandouliére’s reinforced side panels, hooks and having actual measures put in to make sure a strap is a viable option, I chose that one. The strap is also an interesting piece of workmanship, as it’s
not just one long piece of leather with an adjustable slide, but actually two straps that buckle together. So this can be switched up to be either a crossbody bag, for those times when you just want to sling it across and forget about it, or a fashionable shoulder bag. The straps also have three different lengths, so you honestly can mix it up so many ways. However, you must be warned. The Bandouliére is +£200 more expensive than the Classic Speedy in the same size. So there are positives and negatives to that.

So how is this bag boxed, and how was the customer service? Customer service was exemplary. As I went into the New Bond Street’s Louis Vuitton, I was greeted by a host of store members who cooed over the fact that this was my first LV. My server was a lovely Asian lady called Grace, who brought out every bag I asked for, gave me all the information I could ask, and brought over some complimentary drinks which really added to the vibe. She explained everything to me, and let me have a look around the shop as she got my bag ready.

Now, how was the boxing? I must say, the packaging for these bags is well done. I got dustbags, boxes, ribbons and all the bells and whistles. Even the receipt was on plush paper and inside a little envelope. But the actual boxing? For ease of transporting, size and whatnot, your bag is folded up and flat-packed into the box. And some people may like that. But for me, it was a bit of an ‘oh…’ moment. Because you are paying quite a lot of money (in my mind anyway), and to see your bag being folded up is just a bit odd. I guess if you were buying a more expensive bag, it wouldn’t get manipulated that way, but who knows. So afterwards, the bag did need a few days being padded out and warped back into shape. The Monogram Canvas bag isn’t actually full leather (a fact I didn’t know) so it can be moved into those positions and squished without too much damage. But I guess that is why it lasts. I can be tossed around, and it will last.

But all in all, I love my bag. I know some people find the Monogram print a bit tacky, and copied. And I was torn between the Speedy and the Neverfull (which is going to be my next splurge), but this is me getting my lifelong dream bag. I use it all the time, it’s a perfect transitionary piece between all the seasons, night and day, and it just screams class in my opinion. I am so happy with it!

But if you have any questions on this bag, please let me know below. I hope this is enough of a review.

But let me know if you’ve got a Louis Vuitton, and whether you think it’s worth it!

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13 thoughts on “Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere 30 – First Impressions and Review

  1. Jill says:

    Girl, you’ll love the Neverfull. I have it in the GM and MM. I just ordered the Speedy B 30. I have the regular speedy in 30, 35 and 40

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  2. Fish and Chips says:

    thanks for the review! I have been lusting over this bag recently although I wanted it in Speedy 25 and the pricetag makes my jaw drop to the floor (I will need to dig into savings if I want one -sobs-) I am also not sure how different it is compared to the 30, what do you think?

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    • AliceDempsey says:

      As the Speedy 30 is my only LV I’ve got, I cannot say much about the 25. Obviously it’ll be significantly smaller, as when I compared the 35 to the 30, there was a fair bit of difference, so I expect they’ll be a similar size difference between the 25 and the 30.
      To me, the 30 is the perfect handbag everyday size, as it fits a fair bit in, and could even double up as an overnight bag, but it depends on what you carry around.
      A 25 would be too small for me to use everyday, but great as a nighttime bag or just rushing-out-for-errands. But if you don’t like overpacking or your bags, or don’t like the weight on your arms or shoulders (if you’ve got the Bandouliere) a 25 may be best for you.
      With pricing, the regular Speedys are cheaper than the Bandouliere, and as the 25 is the smallest, it is the most reasonable.
      But what I would suggest is visiting a LV shop if you can and test it out yourself.
      These bags are investments, and I cannot begin to tell you how much I love mine, and I happily paid what I did for the Bandouliere, but you have to check your savings and see if you could live with the bag causing a dent in it.
      Hope this has helped!

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  3. Bruna says:

    Hi! I got my first and only LV a couple of years ago, the Speedy 30 bandouliere in Damier Ebene as a treat to myself for becoming a mom and getting a new (and better paid) job. I did suffer some buyers remorse because even though it is not the most expensive of luxury bags, it costs a LOT! But you know what? It has outlived all my previous cheaper non design bags, it carries everything I need (I can fit both my daughter’s and my stuff in it – YES I’ve used it as a diaper), it still looks flawless even though it’s thrown on the floor and all around and had one of my daughter’s sippy cup leak inside of it, so I don’t have to be super careful about it, and it goes with every single piece of my wardrobe and every occasion. It’s the only bag I’ll ever need. Whoever thinks it’s “tacky” or “copied” or whatever, I just don’t care. It’s the best bag for me, and that’s the most important thing.

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  4. Alejandra says:

    Helloooo… i love this bag sooo muchh but the coast is so high soo i was indecisive, i dont have one yet, but really with your review and Bruna comment im convinced, 😀 soo, very soon I’ll go to buy, only question that i have is heavy??? im a mom, and expecting my second baby so be my daily bag and carry a lot thing, so without any inside is heavy?? Thanks for your review really helped me..! 🙂

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    • AliceDempsey says:

      Hi there 🙂

      If you just carry the basics in it – eg wallet, phone, keys etc it’s not heavy at all. It’s pretty light by itself.But if you stuff it to the brim with things, then yes, it can weigh you down. That’s why the cross-body strap is good. However, as the strap isn’t padded and is just leather and buckles, it can weigh you down and perhaps dig into your shoulder. I’ve never had too much of an issue with this bag, and I usually pack everything – I’ve even used it as a overnight bag.
      Hope this helps!

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