The Louis Vuitton Keepall is one of the brand’s absolute classics. The duffle bag is an icon and, for many, embodies the spirit of luxury travel. No wonder then, that a vintage Louis Vuitton Keepall is a must-have for any Louis Vuitton collector. Here you will find useful information for shopping for pre-loved Louis Vuitton Keepalls.
History Louis Vuitton Keepall
Louis Vuitton introduced the Keepall in the 1930s to accommodate shifting travel habits. People traveled longer distances and different means of transportation called for flexible luggage solutions in lieu of hardsided luggage suitcases and boxy trunks. The Keepall was Gaston Vuitton’s response to the new trends and his flexible duffle bag became an instant hit among his discerning clientele.
You find Louis Vuitton Keepalls in four sizes: 45, 50, 55, and 60. The number indicates the bag’s length in centimeters, whereas the width and height will fit the same measurements.
We receive many inquiries from customers whom are unsure which size to go for. To this our answer is always the same; imagine where you’ll be travelling with most often and consider the duration of the trip. Is your trip 2+ days, go for the 55-60 size otherwise, the 45-50 sizes are great for overnight and weekend stays. You should of course pick the bag that suits your needs and packing smart is essential. Note that size 55 is the largest airlines allow you to take as cabin luggage.
Designs of the Keepall
All Keepalls have one large main compartment, without side-pockets or dividers, making the bag extremely flexible for different uses. When considering of pre-loved Keepalls, the first thing that comes to mind is the classic combination of Monogram Canvas and untreated Vachetta leather. Second-hand Keepalls are also commonly found in Louis Vuitton’s classic Epi leather, Damier Canvases, exotic leathers and the even odd one in gold vinyl.
The iconic luggage has played muse to several international artists and famous brands counting names such as Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murikami, Supreme and more – all having made their own imprint on the classic duffle bag.
Below is a Keepall 45 in Murikami’s Multicolour Canvas:
On classic Keepalls, you will notice that the handles are attached to leather bands that wrap around the body of the bag. Recently, however, Louis Vuitton has been introducing some versions without this band. Instead the handles are simply attached directly to the main canvas or leather.
Louis Vuitton manufactures Keepalls in two model versions – with or without strap. Bags with strap are referred to as “Keepall Bandoulière”; with the latter word meaning shoulder strap.
As the Keepall is a travel bag, a padlock and an address tag is attached from the factory. In some cases though, pre-loved Keepalls will be offered without these attachments. This is typically reflected in price and always shown in the photos. So if you are uncertain, make sure to ask before you buy.
Remember when shopping vintage Keepalls
Keepalls are popular and therefore subject to copying. Thus, it is important that you get your Keepall from a trusted source for authentic vintage luxury, like THEBROWNPAPERBAG. If you are interested in learning more about authenticity, we recommend checking out our guide to authentic Louis Vuitton.