A Tale of Two Bags – Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Damier Ebene

I’ve added a new handbag to my collection – the Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Damier Ebene.

Although I’ve owned both the Speedy 25 in Monogram and the Neverfull PM in Damier Ebene, I realized that I loved the shape (and zip closure) of the Speedy, but the design (and indestructibleness) of Damier Ebene bags.


Rather than owning two bags that I liked, I decided to sell them both and purchase the one bag I really loved! I was a little apprehensive about the bag-selling process, but I posted them on Instagram and luckily both bags were picked up by people I already knew! So this weekend I was finally able to head over to Yorkdale and pick up my dream bag.

Modelling Picture of Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 in Damier Ebene
Shirt: Forever21 / Jeans: Garage / Boots: Old Navy (this year’s version) / Necklace: c/o Pink Lovebird

I couldn’t be happier with my new purchase – it really is the perfect bag! Some thoughts:

  • Of course it would have been simpler (and cheaper) if I had just purchased the Damier Ebene Speedy in the first place. But I think owning and using both bags really helped me realize what I liked – and I’m glad my other LV bags found good homes!
  • The Speedy 25 is the perfect size for me (I’m 5’4) – as it has always held everything I needed. I decided against the Speedy Bandouliere version (which comes with a crossbody strap) because I have back issues, and the Speedy would be too heavy for me to wear cross-body. Also, I already have cross-body bags that I love (my Pashli and Coach Tanner).
  • When I purchased my first Speedy in 2010, one of the reasons I chose Monogram over Damier Ebene was because there were many reports of the glazed leather bag handles cracking and peeling. I think LV has addressed that issue in their newer Damier Ebene bags, so hopefully it will not be a problem.
  • Although all my LV bags were purchased from Holt Renfrew in Yorkdale – there have been some changes since I bought my Monogram Speedy there 5 years ago. This time they gave me an LV box with my dustbag (but the Sales Assistant told me store my Speedy JUST in the dustbag, NOT the box – otherwise it wouldn’t air out properly and and the canvas could crack – have you heard of this happening?). Also, the lock and key now come in their own little dustbag – it’s so cute!

Have you ever made a big purchase and then changed your mind? Which of these 3 bags do you like the best?
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  1. Jenn
    January 26, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    I love it!!! I have a Louis similar to yours and I love it–it goes with everything!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:45 am

      Thanks Jenn – it's good to know that you find yours so versatile!

  2. Christie Geiger
    January 26, 2015 / 2:09 pm

    Gorgeous Louis!! My friend has that same one and it's beautiful.ChristieThe Closet by Christiewww.theclosetbychristie.com

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:45 am

      Thanks Christie!

  3. Aurore DLG
    January 26, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Beautiful bag ! The red inside is gorgeous. I have the speedy and delighful in monogram but I also love the damier 🙂 though my husband does not like it so much. I can't wait to see the outfits you're gonna post with this bag ! About the air problem, yes, if your bag isn't aired properly, it will be damaged, they're made of leather, it's a natural material, it's skin after all. They need to be taken care of and to "breath". Here in France,we never store our bags in their boxes, although that's quite convenient ! http://lafrenchlady.com/

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:46 am

      Thanks Aurore, I usually store my LVs just in their dustbags, but my leather Chanel WOCs are kept in their dustbags AND boxes…I'll have to look into the best way to store them!

  4. Takei Inspired
    January 26, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Love the Damier Ebene Speedy!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:46 am


  5. Mrs C
    January 26, 2015 / 4:17 pm

    Congrats on the new bag, wear it in good health! I have a few Speedies (yes, I am that bag lady.. I even hog my husband's closet space) a Damier as well in 30 but they are all from early 2000 and without the shoulder strap which I love so much! Bummer! I found that a 25 is small for my taste (5'3") but 30 in my Epi is way too big (somehow it is bigger in Epi, Lord knows why LV does that) Come and check out my bags on the blog if you like.. they are under 'Collection'

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:48 am

      Thanks Mrs C, I'll definitely check out your collection section as I LOVE bags so much 🙂 I love all the different materials the Speedy comes in – including Epi and Empriente versions <3

  6. Lilly Style
    January 26, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Gorgeous bag! I've been wanting a LV bag…but then again I've been wanting a lots of bags lol

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:49 am

      Thanks Lilly – there are definitely a lot of cute bags out there… I don't blame you for wanting them all LOL!

  7. alison*elle
    January 26, 2015 / 5:40 pm

    Congrats on the new bag! I agree, it's definitely better to have one bag you really LOVE.xo, alison*elle

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:50 am

      Thanks Alison, I'm glad you agree – this bag is just the perfect combination of the other 2 🙂

  8. Beautygirl24
    January 26, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Such a pretty and Classic bag! I agree that this print is best. I've never been into the monogrammed look, although that's just a personal preference. It's a great size on you too! So happy you have your dream bag 🙂

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:51 am

      I know what you mean Noelle – for some reason the Damier Ebene print is my favorite of all the LV canvas designs. I think I convinced myself into getting the Monogram because it was *the original* Speedy material…but I just didn't love the print – although I loved the Speedy design!

  9. Nicole Layne
    January 27, 2015 / 2:26 am

    Coming over from the link-up. Congrats on the new bag! It is such a chic timeless classic. NicoleNicole to the Nines

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:52 am

      Thanks for visiting from the link-up Nicole 🙂

  10. Daily Express
    January 27, 2015 / 3:24 am

    Congrats on getting your LOVE bag! (And how great that Instagram worked out so well as a means to selling your other bags.) The size and shape look perfect for just about anything. I am sure you will get a lot of mileage out of it!Gina- On the Daily Express

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 27, 2015 / 5:55 am

      Thanks Gina – I've always been so wary about selling bags because they're so many issues to think about (fraud, packages going missing etc) – but my instagram sales were the best possible outcome – and I was so happy that I could get this new bag guilt-free LOL!

  11. Marta
    January 28, 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Your new LV is amazing!! I love your lace top.Martawww.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  12. Fifth and Bloor
    February 1, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Ohhhh so glad you got it ! And you areRight , best to have a bag you zlOVE ! Enjoy her !!!

  13. The Real Arnolds
    February 4, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Total dream bag! I love it. Visiting from Noelle's blog. Love yours! So glad to connect. Amy AnnThe Real Arnolds

  14. Erin and Katherine
    February 5, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Congrats! Love the classic print.Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  15. Mandy Wong
    January 28, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    I know this is an old post, but do you still use the Speedy 25? I'm looking at purchasing one and was wondering how wear and tear held up over the past few years. Thanks!

    • Ella Pretty Blog
      January 28, 2018 / 6:21 pm

      Yes I do use it – it’s actually in my latest outfit post! It lasts really well – but although I prefer the look of the regular speedy, the speedy-b may be more useful bc of the cross-body strap! I’ve clipped one on to my regular speedy but in the speedy b the strap is reinforced so the bag doesn’t get damaged over time.

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