Despite only being released for autumn/winter 2013, the Capucines bag is a certified Louis Vuitton classic. While the house is of course known for its iconic Monogram canvas bags, this all-leather style is among Vuitton’s most beloved designs. In less than a decade, the Capucines has become the go-to bag for Vuitton lovers looking for an elegant yet practical style.
The bag contains references to Louis Vuitton’s storied history and even features elements of the famous Monogram canvas.
I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on the Capucines bag in the small BB size in the colour olive with silver-tone hardware.
In this post, I’m going to share with you my thoughts on this iconic Louis Vuitton design, how I style my Capucines and whether the bag deserves all of the hype fashion fanatics give it.
ABOUT THE LOUIS VUITTON CAPUCINES
- Full-grain Taurillon leather
- Taurillon leather trim
- Leather-wrapped LV logo
- Single top handle
- Detachable and adjustable leather strap
- Snap hook closure
- Four metal feet
- Two separate interior compartments
- Interior zipped pocket
- Gold-tone or silver-tone hardware
- Cowhide leather lining
Size options –
- MINI – 21cm length, 14cm height, 8cm width
- BB – 27cm length, 18cm height, 9cm width
- MM – 31.5cm length, 20cm height, 11cm width
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But above all else, I love how this bag is a marriage of practicality and elegance. The structured top handle design is sophisticated and the bag’s wide shape and separate interior compartments allow you to make the most of the space inside. The detachable and adjustable strap can be worn over the shoulder or crossbody and so makes the Capucines infinitely practical and versatile. The flap is used to hide the contents of the bag and can be placed inside or outside, each giving a different look.
A hint of the popular Monogram canvas features on the bag in the form of the famous Monogram flower motif as a metal stud on the flap. And this isn’t the only element of the bag which links to Vuitton’s identity as a house.
The bag is rooted in the house’s history.
The Capucines is named after the street where Louis Vuitton himself opened his first store in 1854, Rue Neuve des Capucines. Also, the bag’s handle mounts are inspired by Louis Vuitton’s historic trunks.
The Capucines has all the trappings of a signature Louis Vuitton bag but is inherently different from many of the house’s other classic styles. Perhaps this explains why the Capucines bag has managed to rise to the coveted rank of a classic despite only being released eight years ago. The bag is logoed without being too flashy. The house’s signature LV emblem is placed at the centre of the bag. The sleek single top handle is super comfortable to carry on your arm.
Overall, one of the most striking things about the Capucines is how beautifully crafted it is.
Like with any classic bag, the Capucines boasts variations galore.
Whether it be bags made from exotic leathers, styles with plexiglass top handles or designs with ombre-style finishes,
In 2019, the house began the Artycapucines project. Vuitton enlisted six artists to put their spin on the Capucines bag. The second instalment of the project was released last year when six more artists created their unique Capucines designs. There’s been no news on whether 2021 will see a new set of artists reimagine the classic Capucines bag but here’s hoping.
I am no stranger to the Capucines bag and have long enjoyed having the style in my collection. One of my most beloved bags of all time is my Capucines in bright red. The deep shade of scarlet has provided many an outfit with the perfect pop of colour but I have certainly been eager to expand my Capucines collection for some time now.
I think that this gorgeous olive colour is perfect since it goes with everything and perfectly suits the subtle elegance of the bag.
I’ve been wearing my new Capucines bag with baggy blazers and of course my beloved Louis Vuitton Pillow Boots (check out my article on why I’m so obsessed).
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The Louis Vuitton Capucines is truly a classic piece which is not bound by any trend or season.
For this reason, along with the myriad of others listed, I have fallen in love with this Vuitton classic. Fingers crossed this will not be the last addition to my Capucines collection.
Are you a fan of this Louis Vuitton classic?