Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!
in our series, Is it worth it? Today, we’ll review the Louis Vuitton
Weekender Keepall BANDOULIÈRE 55. Louis Vuitton is the most powerful fashion or luxury
brand in the world, today. There’s a long, innovative, and at times, controversial
history but most people today, know the brand for the LV monogrammed logo that’s
plastered all over their products. Despite the fact that now, even
mainstream consumers aspire to have a Louis Vuitton item, today, it remains a sort
of fashion’s great status symbols and because of that, it is heavily
counterfeited. Because of that, we bought our BANDOULIÈRE 55 Keepall at the local Louis
Vuitton store so we can insure it is a genuine product.
Now, before we dive in to the in-depth review of the weekender bag, let’s take a
quick look at the history of Louis Vuitton. Louis Vuitton was a remarkable man.
Antagonized by his stepmother, he left his small Swiss border town in
France in 1835 and made his way towards Paris over the course of the next two
years. After practicing from another trunk maker in Paris for 17 years, he finally
opened his own store in 1854. By that time, it was also servicing royal
clientele. At the time, pretty much only rich people traveled and they had staff
so their luggage consisted of huge trunks that were carried along by those
people. Mr. Vuitton inevitably created a flat top
trunk that was more easily stackable than the previously domed or round ones.
He also experimented with canvas versus leather which resulted into a lightweight
trunk. Because of that level of innovation, Vuitton trunks were a big
commercial success. Unfortunately, in 1870, the Vuitton Atelier
along with the rest of Paris, was destroyed during the Franco-Prussian
war. After successfully rebuilding the business, he launched a new line
of trunks with a characteristic bright red and beige stripe, as well as a
brown and a beige stripe which became some of the hallmark for Louis Vuitton
trunks. Looking back, it was an early attempt to fight off imitators of his
products. To keep its competitive edge, Vuitton kept innovating. In 1886, he
developed a lock system with two spring buckles that wasn’t so effective that
not even Harry Houdini could escape from it. By 1888, Vuitton’s business suffered from
numerous imitators and so he came up with a checkerboard canvas that is
calledDamier canvas which is still around today. The purpose was to fight
off other imitators. Eight years later, in 1896, his son, Georges created a LV
pattern canvas with quatrefoils and flowers. Again, this was another attempt to
prevent counterfeiting and that same pattern is on the keepall we review
today. It seems to have worked at least somewhat because by 1900, Vuitton had
already a hundred employees. However, it took until 1930, until the first Keepall
bag was introduced for travelling by Louis Vuitton. During World War II,
the house, then run by Louis’ grandson, Gaston Louis Vuittton was forced to
collaborate with a Nazi regime. They actively aided the puppet government run
by Marshal Philippe Pétain and they enriched themselves by working for the
Germans. Vuitton even set up a factory to create busts dedicated to Pétain. By
1959, the way people travelled changed and so smaller leather goods were
introduced into the range of Louis Vuitton. In 1987, Louis Vuitton merged with champagne
brand, Moet & Chandon and Cognac brand, Hennessy to create the large luxury conglomerate
known today as the LVMH or Louis Vuitton, Moet, Hennessy. These days, the
conglomerate has revenues of around fifty billion dollars a year and Louis Vuitton is a high fashion brand that produces clothing, including sneakers, watches,
leather goods, and accessories. It seems like they maintain workshops in France,
Germany, Italy, Spain, and the US, so they have not outsourced
production to low-cost countries. They are rated as the number 12 most valuable luxury
brand and they’re highly profitable. Now that you know a little bit about the history,
it’s time for an in-depth review of the Louis Vuitton Keepall BANDOULIÈRE 55. We chose the classic color combination of the brown monogram canvas
with the undyed cowhide leather accents. Essentially, you could buy the bag
without the shoulder strap but then it’s just a keepall 55. The additional shoulder
strap which costs four hundred dollars makes it the BANDOULIÈRE. Frankly, the
leather handles on the bag are so small that without the shoulder strap, the use
is very limited because you can’t even carry it over your shoulder. In the US,
with the strap, it retails for $1,820 without tax
or $1,420 without the shoulder strap. If you add
the tax, it gets you over fifteen hundred or close to two thousand dollars,
respectively. Four hundred dollars for a leather shoulder strap is definitely a
lot but honestly, without it, it’s just not as useful. Before we bought the
bag, of course, we did some research, read up on the history, and checked out their
website and they provided pathetically little information about the bag, the
origins of the materials, and how it’s made. So the biggest point of uncertainty
for most is whether the bag is made of leather or canvas. Many assume that this
Louis Vuitton Keepall is made out of leather because it has a leather like
texture underneath the logo canvas. On the website though, they call it a
canvas and not leather so they’re not trying to be deceptive
about it. So how exactly is a Louis Vuitton monogrammed coated canvas made?
Essentially, it is a fabric and I don’t even know the material of fabric but it
is a fabric coated in PVC, stands for polyvinyl chloride, also known as vinyl.
It’s the world’s first most widely produced plastic polymer and it is a
very cheap material. Because of that, I wasn’t surprised that the whole PVC part
was not marketed or advertised on their website. If you look at the back, it seems to
be a cotton but it also could be nylon or polyester cotton blend, I don’t know.
The only real way to figure it out would be to send it to a labnnor maybe do a burn test
but we refrained from doing so. So despite the fact that it is such a cheap
material, it was a little disappointing in a bag that’s that expensive. The pros of
the material is that it’s quite lightweight which is great for travel.
The con list is a lot longer. First of all, it’s a lot less expensive than
leather and also less durable and it doesn’t develop as nice of a patina.
General PVC or vinyl is a very pedestrian material that is used in
cheap bags or a tile alternative in your kitchen. Now, Louis Vuitton keepall doesn’t
feel as cheap as some other vinyl bags. At the same time, it doesn’t feel as nice
as a high-quality leather bag either. First of all, it seems that this vinyl is
not really meant for traveling. When I went to their website and check for their
care instructions, I thought they were just flat-out ridiculous. “Beware not to scratch or rub your product against abrasive surfaces, especially the leather trim.” “keep your product away from damp or humid environments, avoid direct exposure
to sunlight, keep it away from any direct source of heat like radiators, car interiors overheated by the sun, etc” I mean really? When I travel, I’m not supposed to
keep my bag in the Sun? I mean, how is that possible?
It goes on about keeping away from greasy substances or cologne. Keeping it
away from water and keeping it from dirt and all those things that naturally
happen when you travel. They also suggest to store the bag in a cotton pouch when
not in use which is fine, but overall, I’m getting the feeling that this is a bag
that you should really pamper and take care of rather than a bag that you can
just travel with and forget about. Another thing that surprised me was that
there’s actually no feet or reinforced corners that protect the vinyl coated
fabric from wearing out at the edges, so it’s really not a bag that’s meant to
put down on the floor, so that’s hard when you travel. While properly taking
care of the Louis Vuitton product according to those instructions may allow you to
keep the beauty for years, it’s also a huge pain in the butt. My bag isn’t
just all vinyl coated fabric but it has cowhide leather trim, as well as the
handle system. So everything that is that beige color that you see in the bag is
leather, they’re made of what seems to be an undyed veg tanned cowhide of a high
quality. I really like the look of the combination with this semi translucent
Burgundy edge painting which is applied throughout the back and their
workmanship is very detail-oriented and not sloppy at all. But for a bag of that
price, I would expect that. Because the leather is open pored and uncoated, it will
pick up dirt, it will pick up scratches but I think that’s part of developing a
patina for a travel piece and so to me, that’s not a downside. For some people, it
may be. Next up, let’s look at their double zipper which opens or closes from
both sides. It’s sturdy and machined out of brass rather than injection molded. On
the inside, you find a smaller zipper that is likewise machined and not
injection molded. It seems like it’s the 24 karat gold plating but again, I’d have
to send it to the lab to figure out exactly what the alloy is. Upon closer inspections, the zippers are marked with Louis Vuitton logos which is atypical
because most brands have like a YKK zipper or a different brand.
Now, Louis Vuitton zippers are made by Riri which are the best zippers money can buy
and they’re made in Switzerland. So you pay a high price for the bag but you
also get a quality zipper. It seems to me that generally, Louis Vuitton makes their
Keepall bags in France, Spain, and the US. This particular one was made in the US. The
workmanship on a Louis Vuitton BANDOULIÈRE 55 Keepall is very neat and of high
quality, overall. The yellow contrast stitching looks nice, it’s doubled up so
it won’t come apart and it will likely last you for a while. It also comes with
a nice leather luggage tag on the strap and the stitch density, overall, is very
consistent and good. There was just one area on the strap where I thought it
could have been better but it was just a slightly inconsistent stitch density. In
terms of the hardware, prior to 1970, Louis Vuitton used exclusively brass on
their bags. Today, it heavily only uses brass on some of its bags, not all of
them. For the specific bag that we bought, the online
listing didn’t provide detailed information about the hardware. The same
style of bag in the darker monogram eclipse canvas said it had silver colored
metallic pieces which sources outside of Louis Vuitton’s say means it’s a metal alloy
rather than brass. On the other hand, the Damier canvas bag on the
website which is the same style says it comes with metallic pieces in shiny
silver brass which I had to look up to clarify but it’s actually brass that is
then plated. Anyhow, for the specific bag we bought, we don’t know exactly if the
hardware is made out of brass or of an alloy. Overall, that’s pretty sad, if you
ask me, because at that price point, I expect to know exactly where things come
from and how they’re made. Now, the fact whether something is brass or not aside,
the gold plating here is rather inconsistent. For example, if you look at
the d-ring and the zippers, they have this kind of yellowish greenish gold. If
you then look at the gold of the strap, it’s a lot more reddish gold versus the
lock, it’s a more intense yellow gold. If you put them all together, you have two
zippers, one d-ring, and one lock in three different gold tones. It’s probably
because they plate things in different facilities but from Louis Vuitton, I would
expect it to be uniform. In terms of sizing, the bag is 55 centimeters long, which is
where it gets its name from. It’s also 31 centimeters tall and 24 centimeters wide.
In inches that means 21.7 inch long, 12.2 inches high, and 9.4
inches wide. That means it’s slightly shorter and
slimmer than my brown leather weekender bag but it’s also slightly taller and
the capacity is about the same. It’s a good carry-on size so you don’t have to
check your luggage and you can still fit a decent amount of stuff in the bag. So
the big question, is a Louis Vuitton Keepall BANDOULIÈRE 55 bag worth
its money or not? In my opinion, the one word answer is no and here’s the why… On
the pro side, we have zippers that are very high quality, a very good size, and
leather is of high quality, as well. Unfortunately, it’s not used in very many
places. The list of cons in my book is a whole lot longer. One, PVC vinyl coated
fabric, seriously? I won’t even buy it for $100 in the bag. For me,. that’s an
absolute no-go! Now, I know that most Louis Vuitton customers don’t care so much about
that because it’s more of a status symbol and what it reflects and what it
shows that you can afford. Being able to communicate I’m rich and I can afford to
spend two grand on a bag is definitely more important for people than the
quality of the bag if you buy Louis Vuitton. Since we really care about the quality
and the workmanship, we’re not the perfect target market for Louis Vuitton
bags. While they had a great tradition of innovation, craftsmanship, and workmanship,
I think today, it’s all, by far, overshadowed by the brand and its status.
If you buy this bag, then you likely do so because you want to boost your ego
and not because you’re interested in the quality of the goods, the workmanship, or
anything else. Of course, there may be exceptions to the rule but if, let’s say,
you want a luxury good and quality is really important for you, you’re much
more likely to go with a brand like Hermes, for example. Now, the question if
something is worth it is always connected somewhat to
the term, value. I think, if you’re looking for a status symbol
that is widely recognized, having a Louis Vuitton bag is probably a good deal.
That being said, if you just want a good bag, it’s probably a very bad value for you. I
think if you spend close to $2,000 for a bag, you should be able to know and be
able to get the information of where some things are made, what materials are
used, and why things were used versus other stuff. But hey, who am I to tell Louis
Vuitton what to sell or what not to sell? They obviously know their customer,
they’re highly profitable, and they have a very high revenue, so kudos to them!
Personally, I don’t appreciate their vague language on their website around
gold and brass pieces or metal pieces and silver, it’s just all not clear and
it’s just supposed to sound nice, I guess, but it doesn’t tell me what I’m actually
getting. I also don’t like the fact that I have to pamper and take care of my
bag to a very high degree so it’s more of an object that needs maintenance
rather than something that is helpful to your lifestyle. If I would have to guess
how much the material and the workmanship the bag costs, I would ask
it to be anywhere from five to ten percent which means 90 to 95 percent of
the bag are brand building, marketing, and status symbol. Now, I get it,
that’s what great brands do. They’re able to sell you a product of similar or
equal quality to another brand for a lot more money and it takes time to do that
and it requires a really long term strategy to get a lot of people to like
your product and want to pay more for it even though they could get the same
quality for a lower price. At the same time, I feel if you want a true luxury
product, Louis Vuitton seems just like the pedestrian entry into that market. For
example, if you look at a weekender keepall bag from Goyard, it costs around
$6,500 which is almost three times as much as the
Louis Vuitton and if you look at Hermes, theirs cost$13,000 – $14,000. So if you want true luxury and a true status symbol, Louis Vuitton will not get you that. It’s more of a mainstream thing that people buy
when they don’t know other luxury brands. So if you think about it, Louis Vuitton
is neither a high quality product nor a super luxury brand. Also, keep in mind
that because of its popularity, Louis Vuitton is still one of the most
counterfeited bags out there so a lot of people may see you and think you’re
wearing a counterfeited bag because that’s what most of them are. So while
this bag is absolutely not worth it to me, I think the bag can be worth it for
you if you care about that strong Louis Vuitton branding. Regarding
alternatives, if you don’t want to shell out 14,000 for an Hermes bag or
six-and-a-half thousand for a Goyard bag, you can find plenty of options under
the sun in leather, without logos, in all kinds of different sizes that will
allow you to get something that works for your lifestyle, for your needs, and for your
budget. In today’s video I’m wearing a three-piece flannel suit that is made
out of a houndstooth brown and off-white flannel from Harrison’s I am combining it
with an off-white dress shirt with French cuffs that has tiger’s eye
cufflinks which were brown with gold hardware from Fort Belvedere I have a
madder silk tie in a buff tone with a red and black oversized Paisley combined
with a Fort Belvedere pocket square which is a silk wool blend which is an
oversized pattern and the red color of it picks up the red color in the tie so
it harmonizes but at the same time it has a certain contrast I’m combining the
suit with long wing full brogues from allen edmonds
with brown shoelaces there are flat and a little wider that provide a slightly
different look my socks are shadows striped in brown
and beige from Fort Belvedere and they pick up the color scheme of the bag as
well as the suit obviously the bag you see is the Louis Vuitton BANDOULIÈRE 55
keepall weekender bag. If you’re interested in these For Belvedere
accessories or anything else Fort Belvedere.
please head over to our shop here. I promise you won’t find anything that is
vinyl or PVC coated in our shop we focus on high quality items that provide
a much better value than Louis Vuitton, at least in my opinion.

100 thoughts on “Louis Vuitton Duffle Bag: Is It Worth It? – Luxury LV Keepall Bag Review”

  1. If anyone's interested, I'm selling my 2003 Honda Accord for less. It can be exposed to humidity and abrasions without a worry.

  2. A friend of mine always brags about the Louis Vuitton bag he bought his other half. I always laugh because I know the quality of these products, he wasted his money.

  3. This particular line of LV logo pieces are nothing more than plastic bags with some leather trim. Many consumers purchase these unaware. Either way, they look better in the smaller pieces. The larger ones are obviously plastic because of the way a large piece of vinyl retains its shape when empty.

  4. Love bags that have handles that go around the bag, and that are not only attatched on the top.

    But there should be a pocket inbetween.

  5. My favorite bag that I have used for years is a leather saddleback bag. It only has a small logo stamp in the middle and is the most durable bag I have ever seen.

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    DO GUCCI NEXT, PLEASE.

  7. Very eye-opening video! It goes to show how much value there is in doing your homework and research on a brand or a product. Thank you GG for doing all that awesome work for us this time! Now I want to see a GG bag guide video.

  8. I don’t know about your other viewers, but I’d like to get some advice for overweight men in general and the older ones among these.
    (Stephen Fry, Robert Morley, Peter Ustinov kind of guys)
    But I guess the young and middle aged would like some hints,too.
    We could slim down, but don’t let us get too drastic here 😉
    Looking well dressed will do for the moment.
    My special interest would be your comment on colors that aren’t grey,dark blue or brown (doable?)

  9. Louis Vuitton is for rich fools with no taste. It’s not even a good product, it’s overpriced vinyl that’s running on brand name alone.

    Whenever I see people with Louis Vuitton I automatically assume they are a pleb with more money than brains.

  10. I have a decent size LV collection, and I agree you pay mostly for the brand however I’ve never noticed a quality issue with my bags. For example my keepall 45 in monogram eclipse, I’ve travelled with, thrown on the ground, tossed in overhead compartments, etc etc. It looks brand new to this day. The only LV product I’ve ever had an quality issue with is a folio I bought for the XS Max. After about 2 months the right side started to fade along the crease, for a 600$ phone case that’s a little ridiculous. However, I completely 100% agree that Hermes is by far better quality, my H belt compared to my LV is miles apart, the leather on the H is impeccable.

  11. LV is a marketing company and they are very good at marketing. I have a Coach leather weekender bag I bought on Black Friday for like $400 (usually like $650, I think). It's a great bag, nice leather, and I will be using it for years to come. Coach is often seen as the lesser LV, but when you look at quality and the materials used, I would much rather have my leather Coach weekender than a gaudy LV bag.

  12. Any suggestions for which leather weekenders would be a good alternative? Currently in the market and the selection is limited

  13. We have a Louis Vuitton store in Leeds UK where I live security only let a couple of customers in at the same time. I preferred the brown leather bag you held in your left hand it looked more robust and stylish than the vinyl LV bag 👍

  14. I seriously love this channel and often peruse old videos for educational purposes. Keep up the great work! Consider reviewing some Paul Marius leather goods, I found some of their items are excellent and prices are very reasonable.

  15. 4:26
    I have to correct you on that.
    They actually do most of the work in Romanian factories and only assemble them in Italy, France, Germany…
    For example LV shoes are made in Romania, and then they nail on the sole in Italy to be able to use
    "Made in Italy"

  16. Avoid LV. If you want a better duffel, get it from Saddleback Leather Company. Their “Doctor's Leather Duffle Bag” is good alternative to this LV and it’s under $600.

  17. No it’s not worth it unless you just want everyone to know you how much you spent. Get a Frank Clegg duffle instead and pocket the savings. Plus you’ll look like an mature adult instead of a tool

  18. Yesterday I was thinking that it would be great if Gentlemen Gazette made some videos about men’s bags, please do more

  19. Wow, that was an eye opener. I have to say that I never paid much attention the LV products, as this video points out, I always saw their products as a common, if expensive, way of saying "I spend a lot of money in this bag". I think that a refined product should hide it's band name not advertise it and yet I never thought that those expensive logo bags were made of vinyl! Vinyl?!?! A $2000 dollar vinyl bag? That is marketing at it's very best(/worst?).
    I honestly always thought that LV were over price quality products.
    Thank you for this video. I hope you took your bag back and got your money back. Great video.

  20. Well, nothing truly surprising, the bold and easily spotable LV pattern doesn't embody the philosophy of subtle and classic style in the first place…

  21. To me, fashion should be fun and be about the expression. It irritates me to see people flock over to certain brands only for the logo.

  22. The natural habitat of this duffle bag is a climate controlled bank vault. It would not survive in the wild. Generally in MO loius Vuitton is overhyped and way overpriced

  23. Very informative video! I appreciate your insight and honesty. As for a future video suggestion, I'd love to see some reviews of suits such as Tom Ford, Brioni, or Ralph Lauren.

  24. A plain canvas grocery bag with no logo is more authentic. It doesn't pretend and it's functional. I pair it with my 10-year-old leather Fossel weekender.

  25. This video is poorly researched, distasteful, and incredibly misleading.

    I used to a big fan of yours but now I question every recommendation you've made on this channel.

  26. Thank you for this honest review. The facts just show how ridiculous it is to buy a bag from LV. Overhyped and under engineered. Anyone who spends this much money on such a bag is clearly looking more for attention and status than usability. It is not more than a status symbol. People that know their facts don't buy such products. It's not classy at all in my opinion.

  27. I dunno about you fellas, but I live in Italy so I have access to some very good leather artisans in my town, if you do too (wherever you live), buy from them and support them, I'm sure whicever country you reside in they make leather items AT LEAST on par if not much better than big brands and possibly even cheaper 🙂

  28. Staggering level of corporate greed. Premium-priced quality items are one thing, but shorting on quality (especially at those prices) makes customers look shallow and ill-informed.

  29. They use that fabric because it more durable and easier to clean. I own one in the cobalt Damier pattern and after 4 years it still looks new. It’s been in the rain, tossed around and holds up. The LV folks know you are going to be traveling and frankly if it was all leather it would look tired and used like your other bag. Before you comment, actually USE the bag for a year and you will see what I mean. Additionally I could flick mine for half of what I paid for it because there is a market for quality LV product. I really like your channel but when it comes to watches and travel pieces you miss the mark…

  30. Not worth it, as I expected. I always appreciate an honest and unbiased review that's based on the quality of the product rather than the name attached to it. The leather bag showed in the video also looks a lot nicer than the LV bag if you ask me

  31. You know who makes what appear so be surprisingly nice travel bags?? Allen Edmonds. They’re out of Wisconsin and the leather they use I believe is processed out of Chicago. During their sale they had a weekender for 330? Or so. Just sayin.

  32. I think they’re very aesthetically pleasing, but the quality for the price on these is absurdly bad. I don’t understand the choice to go with pvc, as it would be really easy to use a better material at that price point without drastically affecting profit margins.

  33. Would Gentleman’s Gazette consider doing a “Is it Worth it?” Video on Creed Men’s Fragrances. I am fond of their fragrances but of course, they’re very pricey. I’ve seen Royal Oud get a mention on the channel before.

  34. It's a bit confusing to say something is "a metal alloy rather than brass"; brass is a metal alloy! An alloy is just a mixture of two metals. Brass is a mixture of copper and zinc.

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