In 1888, the Damier Canvas pattern was created by Louis Vuitton, bearing a logo that reads “marque L. Vuitton déposée,” which translates to “mark L. Vuitton deposited” or, roughly, “L. Vuitton trademark”.
Today, Damier Canvas is identified with the light and dark brown alternating square patterns with a marking of “Louis Vuitton Paris” at every nine squares (4 dark and 5 light). This type of canvas doesn’t feature the raw/untreated leather handles and trims, called vachetta, that turns or change in color as the leather ages. One of the reasons why it can be a popular pattern amongst LV fans and lovers, I myself included.
I purchased my first Louis Vuitton handbag in Damier Ebene canvas in March of 2010 – the Speedy 35 satchel. Though not my first high end designer purse in this style, my first was the Large Gucci Joy Handbag, it became an instant favorite as the leather handle seams don’t fray and the bag doesn’t look like it aged a day. The only mark that the bag has been used is the suppleness of it’s canvas — it is now much softer than the first day I got it.
After inspecting and paying for the bag at the Louis Vuitton boutique in Copley Square, I had my SA wrap the bag in a gift box and did not get to open the parcel until I got home. What surprised me was how it came folded and flat as in the picture below.
Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Speedy 35 Satchel – right when you took it out of packaging
This made storing the bag at it’s normal form a bit challenging as it doesn’t fit in the dust bag it came with unless I store it flat like how it was in the original packaging. Since I don’t like to keep the creases in my purse, I ended up storing it in a white standard pillowcase. I know someday I will have to make white jersey dustbags for my handbags but for now pillowcases should do.
Seven months later, I still love this bag, I once thought of selling it but with some strange luck I did not get an instant buyer and I took that as a sign that I should keep the bag.
Here’s my cousin carrying my bag one day. Lovely right?