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Louis Vuitton Graceful Vs. Artsy: A Battle Of The Best Hobo Bags

By Erica Kagan
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Luxury Shoulder Bags For The Modern Woman

In the spirit of innovation, Louis Vuitton consistently designs new, instant classic handbags. With master craftsmanship at the heart of the brand, each silhouette is crafted with meticulous intention. While the Neverfull is cemented as one of the world’s most recognizable luxury tote bags, the Graceful and Artsy totes are must-haves for the modern day woman. An ode to Louis Vuitton’s travel heritage, it would be impossible to go wrong with either of these bags. But, keep reading to discover which style is best for you, all available for immediate purchase.

Louis Vuitton Graceful MM Brown Monogram

Graceful: The Versatile, Durable Hobo

As creative director of Louis Vuitton since 2013, Nicolas Ghesquière has mastered the art of re-elevating the historically rich fashion house with modern spirit. When announcing his new role, Ghesquière exclaimed, "Louis Vuitton has always incarnated for me the symbol of ultimate luxury, innovation and exploration. I am very honored of the mission that I am entrusted with, and proud to join the history of this great maison.” For the last nine years, he has stayed loyal to this mission, and the creation of the Graceful is just one manifestation of his forward-thinking vision.

Louis Vuitton Gracefull MM Damier Azur

Introduced for the Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the Graceful was quickly received as the ultimate hobo bag. Combining the exterior’s classic look with a roomy, practical interior, the Graceful is perfectly suited for everyday use. Incredibly lightweight, it can be effortlessly carried over the shoulder or by hand. Elevated with natural cowhide leather detailing and golden hardware, the Graceful is timelessly chic. The ‘cinch’ of the hobo bag shape is enhanced by the magnetic closure in the center and functions as an additional layer of protection for your personal items. Beyond the main compartment, you will find a secure zipped pocket inside. The attached LV leather name tag and additional stitched in tag reading ‘Louis Vuitton Paris’ are emblematic of Louis Vuitton’s most iconic trunks.

Iconic since Louis Vuitton's inception, the Graceful is available in classic Monogram and Damier (Ebene and Azur) coated canvas. As for size options, the Graceful is offered in MM and PM. So, if you want a chic bag that can be worn repeatedly without showing signs of wear, is incredibly versatile, and timelessly chic, the Graceful should be a top contender.

Louis Vuitton Artsy MM Monogram Empreinte

Artsy: The Sophisticated Hobo With A Boho Twist

Introduced in 2009 – with an iconic Spring/Summer 2010 ad campaign starring Dutch model Lara Stone – the Louis Vuitton Artsy came out with a bang. As reflected in the carefree spirit of the campaign, the Artsy is a striking balance of sophistication and modern, boho chic. Exquisitely crafted, the Artsy is set apart by a number of features: braided handle detailing, bottom feet, golden bag charms, and, most notably, a uniquely stylized silhouette. It is also worth noting that the Artsy’s top leather trim was not added until 2019. While the bag is beloved for its slouchy appearance, it actually holds shape incredibly well.

As for material options, the Artsy is offered in more variations than the Graceful. At first, it was only released in the classic Monogram canvas. By the following year, it was introduced in Damier Azur canvas and Monogram Empreinte leather. Rare and relatively higher in price point, LV Empreinte leather is the ultimate symbol of luxury. For a more understated, monochromatic look, you can find the Artsy in neutral Empreinte shades like Noir, Taupe and Marine. Alternatively, if you want the Artsy as a statement piece, the Empreinte leather in Purple Aube and Red Aurore are great options. To make your choice even more difficult, the crafted handle can be found in both Python and Vachetta Cowhide Leather.

Louis Vuitton Artsy MM Monogram Empreinte

Functional and versatile, the Artsy is designed in two sizes: MM and GM. In addition to the main compartment, both options are equipped with six patch pockets and a zipper pocket. Extremely rare, the GM was produced for less than a year and can only be found on the resale market.

Choosing Your Signature Silhouette

In conclusion, it would be impossible to go wrong with either of these coveted Louis Vuitton shoulder bags. Comparatively, the Artsy is at a higher price point than the Graceful. So, if you are looking for the perfect “entry level” LV bag, the Graceful is for you. While the Artsy may be the more glam option of the two, keep in mind that it is heavier and less spacious than the Graceful. Designed to last a lifetime, the Artsy and Grateful are both signature silhouettes destined to elevate your luxury collection.

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