The $42,000 Louis Vuitton Handbag

03/19/2007 at 11:04 AM ET

Louis Vuitton bags are notoriously expensive, but what gives with a $42,000 price tag?! The Tribute Patchwork Bag carries such an unbelievable pricetag because it is made out of actual pieces of old bags–different styles Louis Vuitton has done through the years– and those fragments are sewn together by hand. Right now, the Patchwork bag is considered just a form of art and there are only about two circulating in the whole world and are made to order. Is one of those going to a star — maybe Louis Vuitton collectors Paris Hilton or Kimora Lee Simmons, who reportedly has the largest LV collection in the world? We wouldn’t be surprised. Tell us: If you could afford it, would you want this bag? What is the most you would ever pay for a purse?

Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton

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spree_14 on

yeah…im not so sure i would spend that much on a bag..the most ive ever spent was less than $35. i dont spend more than that..its not worth it..for a collection maybe…but not in my smalltown!!

Jamie C. on

I actually think this bag is kinda cool. I would NEVER spend that much money on it though. You would have to be an idiot to buy any purse for that much, so I guess thats why they said Paris Hilton might buy it. LOL.

erica on

jen in tulsa,
you met ryan seacrest???
I am jealous! He’s hot!!
Was he nice?

jackie.o on

I have to be honest… I kind of like it. It’s art, and art can be ugly, but the pieces of other bags representing the LV history is kind of a cool idea.

however… $42,000? Most people don’t even make that much money in an entire year. Anyone who would pay that amount for this and use it as a bag (and not as a piece of art like a painting or sculpture or something) is completely out of touch with reality and (and I NEVER say this) doesn’t deserve the money they have. While I’d love to splurge on a great bag by a great design house, this is too much.

Poppy Almatsier on

42K? For a bag? No thanks, I rather spent it for my son colleges fees and bought him a flat! How can Marc Jacobs have this ugly idea ? He is a brilliant designer..but this bag is totally disguisting !

christina on

i am surprised that LV would allow such a hideous bag to be branded under their name. LV is such a glamourous brand and when i think LV, i have beautiful thoughts. unfortunately this ugly, grotesque, repulsive, hideous, unappealing and vile looking bag really spoil this for me. now i think of LV, i can only see this $42k bag, a bag which i won’t even pick if i see it dropped right in front of me.

Yulia on

I think most of you talking about the PRICE here and not about “ugly” bag. you missed one little comment in the article that this bag made of OLD pieces of OLD RARITET bags. its like if Rembrandt would decide to paint the last picture in his life as a mixture of fragments of his masterpieces. To have this bag is like to have all those ones its made of in one piece. I think its geniouse idea. And it doesnt made for the people who would buy a car for those money instead but for the real collectors who collect other expensive things. So just save your tempers, people :) and be happy with your $350-850 comfy bags. p.s. i am not big fan of LV. I just liked the idea of the bag.

Yulia on

i think most of you talking about the PRICE here and not about “ugly” bag. you missed one little comment in the article that this bag made of OLD pieces of OLD RARITET bags. its like if Rembrandt would decide to paint the last picture in his life as a mixture of fragments of his masterpieces. To have this bag is like to have all those ones its made of in one piece. I think its geniouse idea. And it doesnt made for the people who would buy a car for those money instead but for the real collectors who collect other expensive things. So just save your tempers, people :) and be happy with your $350-850 comfy bags. p.s. i am not big fan of LV. I just liked the idea of the bag.

alejandra on

i would never buy that awful bag! may i fix a better one with my own lv’s and sell it much more???the only purse that i’ll pay a lot of money again, it will be a kelly or a birkin.

Dixie Marie on

Wow!! That bag is ugly. No way would I pay that or even carry this purse if someone gave it to me.

I can NOT believe that people pay 2 grand for a purse. That is CRAZY!!!! The most I would spend would be around $30. I get bored and change purses so often that to spend anymore than that would be just plain stupid on my part. If I spent 2 grand on a purse I don’t think I would be able to sleep at night. No purse is worth that kind of money. If I have 2 grand that I don’t know what to do with, I think I would buy my kids something awesome, not a purse.

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