The Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte collection is the realisation of understated elegance, combining the most supple of leathers and traditional craftsmanship. Now available in Singapore, the collection comprises 7 pieces; the Lumineuse (a tote that comes in 2 sizes GM and PM at SGD3750 and SGD3000 respectively), the Artsy (SGD3200), the Inspiree (a smaller boxy tote, SGD2300), the Petillante (a clutch, SGD1860) and two wallets, the Portefeuille Secrete Long (SGD1160), and the smaller Portefeuille Secrete Compact (SGD950).
Depending on what you’ve fallen in love with and are deciding to get, the prices ain’t really that bad at all. And before you get on a high horse and start railing at me for recommending bags that cost thousands of dollars, let me explain.
As far as Louis Vuitton is concerned, they take pride that only the supplest of calf leathers are chosen to become a Monogram Empreinte piece, each finely textured and sensuous to the touch. The leathers are then embossed with the house monogram, after which more man hours are put in, transforming each piece of leather into totes, clutches and wallets, with all the complementary details like hardware pieces and zip pulls added in towards the end of the construction.
The collection is available in 5 different colours; Burgundy, Cream, Dark Blue, Navy and Taupe, colours that in my opinion work fairly well together, such that if you get 2 different pieces in 2 different colours, they will still look good as a pair.
My personal favourites from the collection include the Louis Vuitton Monogram Empreinte Artsy (more elegant than the one in Monogram Canvas, yet much more affordable than the one in exotic python).
The other piece I adore is the Louis Vuitton Portefeuille Secrete Long, a sensibly-sized wallet that’s just perfect for city living, what with all the cards we carry around these days.
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