I still remember the original Louis Vuitton Popincourt circa 2005 very clearly. There was an elongated one known as the Popincourt Long, as well as a taller version, both of which come with a zipper pull with 2 gold weighted balls dangling from it. The Popincourt bags are also wider at the base and narrower at the top, giving them a triangular silhouette, or, “side profile”, if you will. I remember this very clearly, because my mum had the long version, and a family friend had the taller shoulder bag style, known as the Popincourt Haut.
Vuitton then reissued, or rather, reinterpreted the Popincourt during summer last year. Now a part of their classic, non-seasonal offerings, I thought I just had to do another old vs. new comparison, like what I did with the Vanity, and the new Bleecker box. In comparison to both of these, Ghesquière probably changed things up the most design-wise, for the Popincourt. In fact, if it didn’t assume the same moniker of its predecessor, I wouldn’t have associated it with the original at all, and here’s why…
In terms of design, it reminds me of Balenciaga’s City – a silhouette which Creative Director Nicolas Ghesquière will be all too familiar with, given his role at the creative helm before joining Vuitton. Perhaps the slight difference between the new Popincourt and the City is that zipper pocket begins from the side, and only extends up to half of the bag’s width across, oh and that zipper pull with the padlock of course.
Well, I don’t know about you, but the older Popincourt, especially the Long style, is much classier don’t you think?