A luxury brand can build a reputation that lasts many lifetimes by creating a timeless design or experience.
Louis Vuitton managed to establish themselves at the top of the fashion world with their Damier and Monogram canvas patterns that were created before the 20th century even began.
I love Louis Vuitton’s patterns and if you studied fashion design like i did, you can appreciate how much skill, dedication and creativity is required to create a pattern that is beautiful and truly timeless. In this article I am going to show lots of different Louis Vuitton canvas and leather patterns and prints while also letting you see some of the most beautiful products Louis Vuitton have created using those timeless patterns.
Louis Vuitton Canvas Patterns
The Damier pattern was the first pattern created by Georges Vuitton in 1888. Damier actually means checkerboard which is the inspiration for the pattern. The pattern was later put to one side in place of the Monogram pattern which became established as the brands most popular design. I prefer the Damier pattern because the design is much more subtle and the LV logo only appears infrequently in small squares and isn’t the centrepiece trying to draw your attention. The cotton based canvas itself is beautiful enough to draw attention and create that timeless elegant but simple appearance.
In 1998 The Damier Canvas pattern returned with the Damier Ebene design. The lighter brown tone squares are printed onto the main black coloured canvas to create a contrasting checker-board pattern.
The Damier Azur canvas is a similar pattern to the ebene but uses different colours. The main Azur canvas is a blue fabirc with white checkerboard patterned squares.
Louis vuitton bags that use the Damier Pattern
The LV neverfull bag comes in a few different patterns but in Damier Canvas you can choose from the Damier Azur design or Damier Ebene. I prefer the Ebene pattern because it is easy to match with most of my outfits but the Azur blue and white colours are a great choice for your summer outfits.
Damier Azur pattern Neverfull bag – Click image to view on Amazon
Damier Ebene pattern Neverfull bag – Click image to view on Amazon
The monogram canvas is the LV canvas that is currently most popular in their bag designs. Originally the monogram pattern was created by George Vuitton and printed on his luggage boxes but was later introduced on handbags.
The patterns itself is a repetition of a simple floral pattern and the interlocking letters L and V for the brands name. How most people recognise this pattern is by seeing the L and V letters but I think the most beautiful feature is the way the three different shaped floral patterns spread evenly across the canvas one after another surrounding the LV monograms in a picture frame square shape pattern.
LV’s monogram canvas material is a coated cotton fabric.
LV bags that use the Monogram pattern
Monogram Eclipse Canvas
Monogram Eclipse pattern – Click image to view on Amazon
The monogram eclipse canvas uses grey and black shadow tones that create the dark neutral eclipse design across the black canvas.
Monogram Canvas Tuileries
Monogram Canvas Tuileries bag – Click image to view on Amazon
This is a really special bag and one of the few made by Louis Vuitton that use a combination of leather and canvas so well. The main body of the bag has the signature Monogram canvas but a vibrant and smooth red leather strip across the top of the bag creates a delightful luxury blend of fabric and patterns that I love.
Louis Vuitton Leather Patterns
The Vernis leather design was created in 1998. When you first look at this design you’ll understand why it’s name means varnish in English. The embossed calfskin leather is coated and the techniques used to coat it create the shiny varnish glow that sparkles.
The Epi leather design is a two toned pattern created by treating leather. I like this pattern because the type of leather used is stretchy and the texture feels unusual to touch.
The Empreinte style of leather was created in 2010 so Is one of LV’s most modern leather designs. I love the way the leather looks soft and squishy and has a gentle bubbly quality but holds it shape very well.
LV bags that use a leather pattern
LV Alma Monogram Vernis Leather pattern bag
Alma – Monogram Vernis Leather pattern – Click image to view on Amazon
I adore this art deco style design with such a beautiful bold and shiny colour that really glows. Because of the shiny leather the classic monogram pattern blends deeper into the leather surface and this creates a more subtle design.
LV Victorine Empriente leather wallet
Victorine Empriente leather Monogram pattern – Click image to view on Amazon
This wallet is beautiful. I love the Empriente red leather with a monogram pattern. You can see the bubbly soft empriente leather that feels nice to touch. The monogram pattern is large and blends subtly into the red surface.
Why are Louis Vuittons patterns so popular
In my opinion Louis Vuitton patterns are timeless, beautiful and there is so much history behind the designs that it’s hard not to appreciate their longevity. LV continue to create new pieces by the worlds most skilful designers but even though they make changes the classic monogram and Damier canvas patterns are hard to improve on.
When your designs and the patterns that they are created from are so recognisable and iconic it is difficult to change them which is why Louis Vuitton designers make sure to keep their identity intact and work on interesting and unique ways or blending different types of leather and dyes to create something new that still retain the brands timeless patterns.
Next, have a read of our comparison between Prada and Louis Vuitton.