The Louis Vuitton Speedy is the most iconic Louis Vuitton bag of all time. Its two top handles, large rounded body and simple hardware are recognizable by even the most novice handbag fans. The Speedy is part of the classic Louis Vuitton bag icon collection.

If you’re interested in understanding the history behind the Speedy, what sizes the Speedy comes in, and what materials you can find the Speedy in, you’ve come to the right place.

The Speedy was first created in 1930 in the 30cm size, which was then called the “Express” as a homage to the era’s travel revolution. The smaller 25 was added in 1959 at the request of actress Audrey Hepburn, who wanted Louis Vuitton to make a mini version of their Keepall duffle. Louis Vuitton obliged and created what is now known by fashionistas and handbag lovers as the “Speedy 25.” The Speedy didn’t become the iconic bag it is today until Audrey Hepburn’s Speedy 25 was introduced.

The silhouette of the Speedy has a structured, rounded body and tapers from a flat, rectangular bottom to a top that is slightly domed. The Monogram Speedy still holds its original design: one piece of classic canvas around the body of the bag with natural vachetta rounded handles and piping.