When I remember it bags from the past, one of my favorite and frequent hobbies, nothing holds as special a place in my heart as the iconic Louis Vuitton Multicolore Monogram. I think about this print all the time, and I consider the Multicolore Monogram Speedy to be possibly my favorite bag ever, a bold statement that I’m willing to make. Although Marc Jacobs was at the helm of Louis Vuitton at the time of the launch of the Multicolore monogram, it was actually Japanese artist Takashi Murakami who designed the monogram’s bright and colorful print. Multicolored Monogram made its runway debut at Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2003 fashion show and, from the moment the line launched, became an instant hit with celebrities and fashionistas alike. Murakami is the mastermind behind some Louis Vuitton hits, notably the Cherry Blossom and Monogramouflage lines, but he really knocked it out of the park with Multicolore Monogram. The canvas really exploded in popularity, being one of the most notorious it-bags of all time, peaking in popularity in 2003 and 2004.
Lovers of this playful print had two main color options, white or black, with colorful monogram accents on both options. Both colors were beautiful in their own right, but I especially like the white version. There’s something so happy about the bright colors of the Monogram against a white-coated canvas. The print was available on a wide variety of Louis Vuitton styles and small leather goods, but my favorite was always the Speedy. The rainbow monogram is simply perfection on a classic Speedy silhouette. When I think of Louis Vuitton Multicolore, I can’t help but have flashbacks of Jessica Simpson on her reality show,Just married. It seemed like in every scene she had her Multicolore Speedy placed prominently on her arm. I remember admiring it from afar, only dreaming of one day owning one.
Multicolore Monogram was officially discontinued in 2015, and my dreams of getting something new from the Louis Vuitton store were stolen from me. As much as I love this particular print, I remember being surprised that it was still in production back in 2015 when PurseBlog broke the news of the discontinuation of prints. Multicolore Monogram disappeared from my radar after 2007, so now I wish it was removed from the Louis Vuitton line before 2015. Maybe if it had been discontinued earlier, it would resurface in 2019 with all the other it-bags of the past. who have recently reincarnated. One lesson fashion has taught me is that everything comes back eventually, so maybe we’ll see Monogram multicolor in years to come. Luckily for me, Multicolore Monogram is constantly available on luxury shipping sites, so my dream of owning one isn’t gone forever.
If you really feel like taking a trip down memory lane, check out this PurseBlog feature on a multicolored iPod shuffle case from 2006. Nothing like a throwback to fashion and technology to make me feel really old.