Those of you who have been following me for some years know that my first luxury handbag purchase was also my biggest handbag regret and that was my Louis Vuitton Speedy 35. The bag was just too big for me and with it being strictly top handle ended up not being used as much as I would’ve liked. I’ve learned over the years I’m definitely a cross body handbag type of girl so a few weeks back when I purchased the Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 Bandouliere I was beyond ecstatic! This is the bag I’ve had my eyes on for quite some time and had wished I would’ve purchased it oppose to the Classic Speedy.
Thinking of all the things I love in my closet, this handbag is definitely a top 5 ( you would’ve seen it in my A Handbag for Every Occasion video) As stated I’ve owned this bag for maybe a little over a month and have continuously used only this bag since the day I picked it up and have absolutely no plans of switching out of it any time soon. Many people look at the Damier Azur print as a Spring/Summer look however I think living in Florida I’m able to wear this handbag year round and I absolutely plan to!
I chose to purchase this handbag in the Damier Azur Canvas (all my Louis Vuitton SLG’s are the classic monogram) because I felt it was a brighter look and unexpected. Most LV bags I tend to see are Damier Ebene and the Classic Monogram and although I can absolute appreciate the carefree lifestyle that comes with those two canvas prints something about the Damier Azur had me drawn in. I will say I originally had my heart set on the Monogram (much like my Classic Speedy 35) however I wanted something a little different! The canvas is nice and slouchy (Jeff thinks this makes the bag look old and used but he just doesn’t know the Louis Vuitton Speedy) making it nice and comfortable to wear cross body and on the shoulder.
I will say the only negative to the Damier Azur is that I have heard the lighter colors can suffer from color transfer ( lucky for me I don’t wear to much denim so I haven’t noticed any color transfer onto my bag). I’m very carefule to ensure I keep opened pens and things of that sort away from my bag because it would be much easier to see on the Damier Azur than on the Monogram or Damier Ebene.
After having the Speedy 35 for so many years I quickly realized I did not want a bag of that size again however I was stuck between wanting a Speedy 25 or a Speedy 30 B and I think YouTube Gals like Jerusha Couture, Minks4All and Jessie Pinkston helped me decide on moving forward with the 25! truthfully I’m not carrying too much in my bag on a daily basis just my necessities and the bigger the bag the more useless stuff I throw into it! Being 5’8” and always fluctuating between 115 lbs and 125 lbs (depending on the amount of stress) I thought perhaps the 25 would look a bit small but after trying the bag on it was actually perfect! I ended up purchasing the Speedy 25 and I can truly say unlike my first Louis Vuitton Speedy purchase, I have ZERO regrets!
I’d say the 25 is the perfect size for both a shoulder bag and a cross body bag all with the plus of being able to be used as a handheld (with the straps detached). Another plus is that because the bag is smaller there isn’t as much of a need for a bag shaper or organizer because they smaller bag doesn’t have that bottom sag as much as the larger bags do. I will say however because the bag is smaller the opening is also smaller making it difficult depending on your angle to get in and out of the bag. My Louis Vuitton Cosmetic Pouch fits inside the bag perfectly but taking it out has to be done at an angle. This is minuscule to me as my love for the handbag surpasses any struggle of getting in and out of it.
Once thing I’ve learned about myself in the last 4 years or so is that I am a Cross Body Handbag type of Girl through and through and I love luxury. What can I say! This bag has a style that can be worn casually or dressed up, it can really be used for any occasion – it has become my every day bag and will also be my traveling bag (so perfect for running though airports!) As Is aid, the fact that it can used handheld, cross body and as a shoulder bag (with an adjustable strap) makes it all the more appealing over the classic speedy.
My List of Pros and Cons
- Canvas Leather (I don’t mind getting caught in the rain) althgouh the wear wills how in the handles and strap I love the worn in look of a patina)
- Versatile! a handbag that can worn 3 ways
- It’s the perfect size for any height and shape!
- Damier Azur may show color transfer
- Small opening
My Final Thoughts
Many people may read this and say to themselves spending that amount of money on a handbag is absolutely absurd, I totally get that – but if there’s something you really want (and you’ve wanted for a long time) then treat yourself and get it. It may be crazy to say that a handbag is perfect but this bag is my perfect bag!
The look and versatility to me is everything I could’ve wanted. I can truly say I would absolutely purchase this handbag again in the Damiere Ebene and the Classic Monogram.