These Are the Things to Consider Before Buying a Louis Vuitton Bag

Should you go for a customized version?

It's time to weigh your options when selecting your next luxury bag! Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it just did. Case in point: Louis Vuitton’s Capucines. 

Introduced in 2013 and named after the street where Louis Vuitton first opened its doors, the Capucines is a structured purse that features a sturdy rolled handle anchored with jewel-like rings, and is available in four sizes.


Now that you've decided to buy one, here's the next question you should answer: Should I go for an in-season style or opt for a customized one? To help you, here are things you need to consider before purchasing.

Price point

In-season style (left): Starts at P280,000 (Available at Greenbelt 4)

Custom design (right): Starts at P500,000 (Done via the Louis Vuitton's haute maroquinerie services)


When it comes to additional shine, an in-season Capucines comes with standard hardware, but if you opt for the haute maroquinerie version, you get to decide on the metal. You can choose between gold or palladium hardware. The padlock is also logo-free, with just the brand name engraved on it.


There’s a high chance that you’ll see a Capucines in stores at the moment, while a customized piece is produced in the ancestral home in Asnières, France, where all special orders are crafted and take several months to complete. 


Louis Vuitton’s haute maroquinerie (high leather goods) service lets clients place their own special monogram (yours or a loved one’s) within the interiors of the bag—something that isn’t offered with their standard designs.


The customization service is available for a select number of the brand’s signature shapes: Capucines Noe, Triangle, Lockit, Neo-Steamer, and Sac Milaris.

Choose from three color families: vibrant, traditional and timeless. You can even come up with a custom combination for the interior and exterior.


Louis Vuitton allows you to choose a special color and skin for your personalized handbag, whereas the seasonal offerings come in shades and leathers pre-selected by the brand. If you choose to have one customized, you can choose from three different kinds of skins: soft calf leather, firm goat leather and lastly, exotic crocodile.

This article was originally published in Preview Magazine's April 2017 issue.

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