The Era of Epi

Modern, Elegant, and Tough

When you hear the name Louis Vuitton, what is the first thing to pop into your head? Is it visions of brown and beige monograms? Or perhaps the popular damier? Although this timeless canvas has become an icon in recent years, we’re not here to talk about canvas. We’re here to talk about its understated, beloved sister Epi leather.

A Handbag for Modern Travel

In 1985, after almost a century of being one of the most successful retailers of luxury canvas goods, the Louis Vuitton brand launched its first permanent collection of leather goods with the creation of Epi Leather. Built to meet the building demand for a more durable handbag that would withstand modern travel conditions, Epi leather has now become a chic staple in any fashionista’s closet.

Perhaps the biggest draw which has made Epi leather so beloved is the subtle nature of the handbags. Epi leather is a welcome contrast for those Louis Vuitton fans who prefer a less flashy style while still carrying the most exclusive bag.

How is it Made?

So how is this sturdy material made? The process to create Epi leather begins with natural leather being tanned with plant extracts followed by a deep dying process. The deep dying creates the vibrant color effect popular among those who wish to make a statement. After a special coloration, an embossed print effect is applied to the surface which gives the leather its two-tone effect and ability to withstand even the harshest conditions and wear.

It’s Electric!

Any handbag enthusiast will note that there are actually two types of Epi leather, Classic Epi and Electric Epi. When comparing side by side, you can notice the smooth matte appearance of the Classic Epi and the high-shine almost patent effect of its counterpart. This iconic leather is available in almost 40 color variations guaranteed to suit any style.

Limitless Variations


Almost 35 years have passed since its launch and Epi leather continues to reign supreme. Fashion trailblazers such as Naomi Watts, Blake Lively, and Lady Gaga have been spotted sporting this popular leather. Louis Vuitton continues to keep Epi leather fresh with updates on popular silhouettes and new styles altogether. Bright pops of color are all over the runway this season making Epi leather the perfect addition that your closet has been waiting for!

“Combining modern elegance and timeless luxury, durable Epi leather is ideal for daily use while still being effortlessly stylish.” - House of Louis Vuitton

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