Some of you may possibly don’t forget when I wrote about my obtain of the Louis Vuitton Rose Des Vents in early spring. Suffice to say, my post was met with pretty a bit of discussion.
Here’s a rapid refresher: The SA I bought the bag from in Paris claimed this precise Rose Des Vents (pictured above) was “restricted edition” and “1 of only 47 ever produced.” 4 months later, I now recognize the SA was far from truthful. In reality, the techniques he applied had been shady at greatest, which is anything numerous commenters noted when the story went reside. Even though some believed I was naive or shortsighted to think him, it is vital to fully grasp that his convincing wasn’t why I decided to impulse obtain the bag. It was a sentimental expertise I wanted to share with my mother. (A lot more on that later.)
That is why I am providing a transparent overview of a bag I knew small about ahead of my obtain. I discovered pretty a handful of points from this beautiful orange lady, and I hope you can take away anything from it, as well.
Prior to my very first interaction with the Rose Des Vents, I had under no circumstances noticed a Louis Vuitton like this ahead of. At very first glance, it is sleek, structured, sensible (numerous interior dividers and pockets), and is noticeably void of a substantial LV logo.
Even though some have stated it bears striking resemblance to the Celine 16 or the Hermès Kelly, dig a small deeper and you are going to notice the Rose Des Vents is not pretty like either.
The leather seems difficult and structured to the eye, but capabilities a soft and uncomplicated-to-maneuver texture. With a leading manage and crossbody strap, it can be worn in a multitude of approaches, adding to its functionality. I appreciate that it is not overly branded in LV, and rather seems as a somewhat anonymous handbag.
Obtainable in a handful of colors (black, creme, kaki, and amaretto), the orange hue pictured above (which LV labels amaretto) is the most enjoyable, in my opinion, and provides the bag an edge. Admittedly, I was nervous to obtain a piece in such a vibrant colour. (This is truly my very first!)
But more than the final handful of months, I’ve realized a pop of colour (particularly for a person with a mainly neutral wardrobe) is an uncomplicated way of elevating an outfit. I locate the creme version totally spectacular as nicely, regardless of its prospective for colour transfer. I’d steer clear of the black and kaki, as there are other bags that appear quite related.
All in all, the juxtaposition of the grained calf leather with each other with smooth calf leather makes it possible for it to seamlessly transition from day to evening. The gold-tone LV padlock and a calf leather essential bell make it a sensible and sophisticated bag, each for specific occasions or every day use.
Usability + Functionality
1 of the most attractive variables of the bag is its functionality. I was ready to only use this bag on specific occasions (provided the colour as nicely), regardless of the website’s description of the style as an “every day bag.” But in the final 4 months, I locate myself reaching for it far more than numerous other people, which includes my Prada Medium Galleria and Chanel Flap.
Obtainable in MM and PM (I have the PM), the Rose Des Vents is 1 of the easiest bags I’ve handled. Regardless of the lock closure and leading manage, it is practical to attain in and out of. With soft calfskin leather lined all through the bottom half, it is roomy and fits far more than adequate (water bottle incorporated!).
There is a substantial interior divider, which also capabilities a little pocket inside, as nicely as further little pockets and zippers on each sides of the divider, enabling 1 to organize all belongings.
Day to day, I most typically put on it crossbody as holding it strictly by the leading manage becomes difficult when attempting to attain inside for anything. The crossbody strap is regrettably on the longer side, as well. Even though there is a way to alter the size by a couple of inches, I would have appreciated a bit far more space to make it longer (or in my case, shorter).
High quality + Building
You can count on the similar sort of top quality and building of this bag as with any other Louis Vuitton piece. The leather is thick and sturdy, and the leading manage flap, although sleek, is lightly coated, stopping it from uncomplicated scratching and scuffing.
Provided I’ve applied this bag far more than I intended, I was worried it would get started to show, particularly about the leading flap. So far, so excellent – for now. Whilst it is inevitable that it will commence to put on, I’ve been capable to throw it more than my shoulder, into my automobile, and about my apartment without having any important harm. As with any bag, nonetheless, I attempt my greatest to stay away from direct scratching as I know it will most surely leave a mark.
As the bottom portion of the bag is soft calfskin, I’ve noticed a slight tilt when it is empty. I generally stuff all my bags when not in use, but this certain 1 wants a small anything further. I worry overtime the shape will grow to be flat when empty, so I’ve taken further precaution when storing it.
Value + Worth
I will not sugarcoat it: This bag is highly-priced. Ringing in at $four,000 and $four,250 for the bigger version, it is nearly the expense of a Chanel Medium Flap. I did not bat an eye though acquiring it since it was far more so about the expertise than the prospective for resale.
If you have the cash, I am confident you’d be pleased with it. On the other hand, if you are beginning your collection or in the midst of acquiring classic bag types (with a far better prospective for consignment), I’d pass on the Rose Des Vents.
Whilst it is a wonderful addition to any collection, there are numerous other enjoyable, top quality, and brightly colored bags that will not expense you as a great deal. I would not have bought it in the States for that cost since I know if I attempt to consign or resell it, I would be fortunate to get half of the original cost, at most.
When I bought the Rose Des Vents, there was no telling how nicely it would be received. Almost half a year later, it is nevertheless readily available for obtain on the web and in boutiques. It really is complicated to say how extended this bag will stay readily available as seasons adjust, although.
Either way, the shape, colour, and style are timeless. Provided its similarity to the Kelly, the boxy flap with a metal closure will not be going anyplace anytime quickly. As for resale worth, I am not confident I’d get anyplace close to what I paid, regardless of its immaculate situation, purely since it is not regarded as a “classic” style. It really is a shame, but that is the reality of purse-getting.
All round Rating
For me (and most likely for numerous of you), this bag functions. It really is one of a kind it capabilities the brand’s iconic colour and it is unbelievably understated compared to other LVs.
Even although there are far more than 47 orange Rose des Vents journeying all through the planet, I know I nevertheless would have purchased it since of the significance it will forever hold, reminding me of my trip to Paris with my mother.
Seeking at it objectively, the bag is a stunner but surely overpriced provided the uncertainty surrounding its staying energy. I really like that I now have 1 enjoyable-colored bag in my collection, but going forward, I believe I will keep inside the margins of the classics, bags I know I will constantly be capable to get anything back for.