In Praise of Louis Vuitton’s Epi Leather Bags and Accessories

When people think of Louis Vuitton bags, they usually think of the brand’s ubiquitous brown and beige monogram, or perhaps one of its equally iconic Damier check prints. However, as with most things, the real treasures lie just below the surface, and I don’t mean all the soft leather bags Nicolas Ghesquiere has unveiled on his Vuitton tenure. No, instead, I’m here to rack up some of my well-deserved admiration for Louis Vuitton’s Epi Leather.

Epi Leather was introduced in 1985 as the brand’s first permanent leather line and has been prized ever since for its durability and rich color selection. The leather is dyed, printed with Epi’s famous three-dimensional wave pattern and then painted with a matching top coat, which ensures the colors are particularly brilliant and makes the leather highly resistant to water and wear. There’s a reason Epi bags are so popular on the resale market – they require very little care to look practically new for years to come.

Perhaps best of all, Epi is a bit more subtle than the materials normally associated with LV. You still get the brand’s incredible craftsmanship and design, but in a slightly more understated package and without the astronomical prices of Vuitton’s more fragile and expensive smooth leathers. For us, that’s a win-win. Check out some of our current favorite Epi Leather bags and accessories below.

Louis Vuitton Cluny BB bag
$2,500 via Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Epi Alma BB Bag
$1,590 through Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Epi Neverful MM Bag
$2,050 through Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Epi Petite Noe Bag
$2,050 through Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Epi Soufflot Bag
$2,500 via Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Epi Zippy Wallet
$905 via Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Louise Epi PM Bag
$1,960 through Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Phenix PM Epi Bag
$2,680 through Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Twist Chain Wallet
$1,620 through Louis Vuitton


Louis Vuitton Twist MM bag
$4,400 via Louis Vuitton