In Review: Louis Vuitton Eva
The Louis Vuitton "Eva Damier Ebene" was my first ever luxury fashion item. Gifted to me in 2011 several years into dating my husband, this symbolizes some of my most precious memories and will forever remain a key piece in my collection. It's compact design is quite versatile and can complement a wide range of styles - from casual daytime wear as a cross body bag to a formal evening event as a clutch.
"It's compact design is quite versatile and can complement a wide range of styles"
While I was drawn to its simple sleek design, delicate gold toned chain and classic Damier Ebene print, the standout feature for me was the beautiful gold tone Louis Vuitton logo plaque. Distinct from other LV styles, the size of the gold-plated logo adds the perfect level of glamour to this piece. The interior lining is red canvas, a luxe contrast to the gold hardware and chestnut checkered exterior. As it only has one main compartment with no card holders, keep in mind you will consider if that works well with your lifestyle. The bag comes with two straps: a long thin dark brown canvas strap and a short thin circle linked gold toned chain. The beauty of the bag is also in the details on the gold hardware - the LV logo on the zipper, one on each gold chain clasp and tiny gold buttons on each side of the bag.
"Distinct from other LV styles, the size of the gold-plated logo adds the perfect level of glamour to this piece"
The Louis Vuitton Eva was gifted to me and purchased at $650 CAD and is currently listed in April 2017 as $1,030 CAD. This is a great bag to start your luxury bag collection in the classic ebene or monogram pattern and holds well to its resale value. UPDATE 7.3.2017: Unfortunately, this item can no longer be found on US and Canadian sites and is sold only in Louis Vuitton boutiques in Europe. You can still find pre-loved versions of this bag on sites such as Vestiare Collective, Tradesy etc.
DURABILITY & PRACTICALITY
WEAR AND TEAR: 9/10
Having worn this bag religiously over the course of the last six years, this bag has held up tremendously to my frequent use. Overall, the canvas is in pristine condition, the glazing on the long brown strap has not worn down and the gold chain shows very little sign of wear. I've also never had to take it into the store for any repairs. Some signs of wear include minor scratches on the gold plating and small areas of color fading on the D rings and corners of the plaque.
"Having worn this bag religiously over the course of the last six years, this bag has held up tremendously to my frequent use."
Although I had not taken any particular care in protecting the bag, rain or shine, I am still very happy with the condition it is in after such long and frequent use.
This bag is perfect for the messy person on the go as it lacks any compartmentalization. Otherwise, you may have to settle for rummaging around for the item you need. The dimensions are 25 cm (9.8 in) x 13 cm (5.1 in) x 4 cm (1.6 in) by length, height and width and has more length across the bottom of the purse than the top, which is perfect for those of you that like to fill their bags to the brim. The material is flexible enough to fit your essentials and more: card case, iPhone 7 (or iPhone 7 plus), a lip balm, a mini lipstick keys, and sunglasses.
"The material is flexible enough to fit your essentials and more .... when cared for well, this piece will wear beautifully over time."
I have taken to a simple routine of maintaining its condition when it's not in use:
- Stuff the bag with extra tissue
- Unclasp the strap and roll it up
- Store the bag in the dust bag with the chain on the other side of the plate so they don't scratch.
- Wipe the gold plating and red lining periodically with a soft cotton white cloth (even an old clean white cotton sock will do to prevent colour transfer.
When cared for well, this piece will wear beautifully over time.
The gold and brown detailing on the Louis Vuitton Eva bag complements a casual, simple, military inspired outfit - like a pair of camo joggers, Chelsea boots and a casual white t-shirt.
TOP: Missguided Tall Boyfriend V Neck T Shirt White
BOTTOM: Boohoo Men Camo Joggers (exact sold out - similar one here)
CHOKER: Nasty Gal wrap around choker (sold out)
SHOES: Kendall and Kylie Finley Pointed Toe Block Heel Booties
The clutch also complements a tailored outfit with structure or denim fabric like my go-to fall look. For more on this look click here.
COAT: All Saints Odile Coat in Sand Brown
TOP: Community Veritas Shirt in Light Indigo
BOTTOM: Missguided White Sinner High Waisted Skinny Jeans (sold out - similar here)
CHOKER: Nasty Gal wrap around choker (sold out)
SUNGLASSES: Quay X Desi High Key in Gold
SHOES: Michael Kors Kyle White Leather and Suede High-Top Trainers (sold out)
If you don't mind the wear on the gold plating and need a neutral color bag that isn't black or white in your wardrobe to wear both casually and going out, then I highly recommend looking into the Louis Vuitton Eva in Damier Ebene! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions on my experience with this purchase, I'd love to share it with you.