A few weeks ago, I purchased my very first designer bag. Sure, I’ve had Coach, Tory Burch, and Rebecca Minkoff bags in the past, but I never invested in a high-end bag like this Louis Vuitton.
Trust me when I say that I did not make this decision lightly. I’m not the type of girl to splurge on designer anything in the moment. I have a very small collection of designer leather goods at home, and I spent months researching all of those purchases!
After months of saving and consideration, I decided to purchase the Louis Vuitton Duffle Bag. And so far, I’m in love with this purchase. Here’s how I found the bag and what swayed me to save up for it!
Louis Vuitton Duffle Designer Bag
Where I First Saw It
When we visited Madrid last fall, there was one Sunday afternoon where we didn’t have plans, so we roamed around the city. I always love window shopping at designer stores in Europe. I never end up buying anything, but a girl can dream, right?
I walked into the Louis Vuitton in Madrid, browsed for a while, and get this: Tom actually pointed out this bag. TOM. Gotta give the man props, right? I walked over and instantly fell in love with it. I couldn’t bring myself to leave the store. I got the price from the sales associates, and I seriously considered buying it on the spot. However, this bag was made to order, and the sales associate said it would be shipped to the store in Madrid in two weeks. Problem was, I was leaving the country in two days.
So, I thought it was maybe just a sign that I shouldn’t make an impulse buy. I hopped on the plane back to the U.S., but I found myself staring at the cell phone photos I took of the bag and doing a little more homework.
In December, Tom and I went to Miami, and while he was shooting a project, I roamed around the Aventura Mall. I found myself back at the Louis Vuitton store again and asked the sales associate about my dream bag. He said there were only four of these bags available for sale in the country, and that I needed to hop on it.
I left a little discouraged, but I made a grand plan for 2020: I was going to save up my coin, and during my trip to Europe in late March, I would buy it there so I could get a VAT Tax refund.
I think we all know that an overseas trip didn’t happen in late March of this year, so I was back to the drawing board.
The Louis Vuitton Duffle Bag…is not a duffle bag at all. I’m not sure why it’s called this, but it’s definitely a bucket bag.
This bag first appeared on LV’s SS18 runway. By the time I found it in stores in the Fall of 2019, they were only making this bag on a made to order basis. What I love about this purse, in particular, is that you don’t see this everywhere. In fact, it was still a little hard to track down this summer: it keeps coming in and out of stock.
I was hoping to buy this bag in a store (hello, instant gratification), but it was pretty hard to track down. So, I ended up working with Louis Vuitton’s customer service team to snag this bag when it came back in stock. There was a period where I was checking their website daily, had alerts on, and I would miss out on the bag by a few minutes. Contacting their CS team was a gamechanger, and they were super helpful!
So far, I’m in love with this bag. It only took me ten months to purchase it, and it was worth the wait!
What I love about this style is that it isn’t overly trendy, but it’s a classic bag that will look good for years to come. I was afraid that if I finally splurged on a designer bag that it would only be in style for one season, and then I’d feel silly wearing it once the fad passes. This bag is still made in limited quantities, so I don’t think it could ever really be overdone!
The size for me is perfect. It fits my iPhone 11 Pro Max, a cardholder, my keys, lipstick, sunglasses, hand sanitizers with ease, and I still have a little room if I need to carry anything else. To be honest, I’m not trying to overly stuff this bag, and I’m trying to treat it with care, so I make sure I only bring what I need with me!
You can wear this bag either on your arm or on your shoulder by adding the strap. The strap technically isn’t long enough to do a crossbody, but sometimes I just wear it like that anyway. My only complaint is that I wish the strap was longer to rock this as a proper crossbody, but I still love the purse anyway!
What things do you consider before making a designer bag purchase? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Tom McGovern