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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Sarah on

What the heck is that?!?!? It’s not a bag, it’s a mistake at the factory!! Use that money to buy something more pratical!!

Lauren M on

I am DISGUSTED by this purse and so many “fashion” items like it!!!! We can make and sell 42,000 purses, but we have homeless people lining the sidewalks and starving children all over the world. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PLANET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Theresa Stivers on

I would pay $100.oo bucks for this its really fashion history.

May on

I wrote a comment earlier. I forgot the only person that might buy this purse would proably be Paris Hilton

Jill on

i’d never buy this and anyone who would is sooooo stupid. it’s ugly! i’ll stick with my $20 old navy purse anyday.

Jackson on

I’ve seen better looking purses at the Dollar General. If there are people that would actually pay 42,000 for that purse – they have more money than sense.

Michelle on

First to answer the question above fergie’s bag is a balenciaga and katie Holmes too. Second I don’t like that Louis bag its fugly. I’ve always hated patchwork I’ll leave it for ugly betty. The most I’ve ever spent on a bag was $600 (louis speedy damier 25)and $600 for its matching damier koala wallet. I would spend up to $2000 maybe if I really loved the bag and it was a classic. I consider Hermes just a dream lol. $42,000 on a bag is pretty stupid you can buy all those bag that the patchwork is made out of for less than half of that!


It’s cool looking, but the whole designer purse fad has gotten way out of hand. I suppose the only reason I even remotely like this one is because it doesn’t look like every single other bag that everyone and their mother [and their 12-year-old daughter, tiny dog, infant, and, and, and..] are toting around. I’d never spend the money on it though, I much prefer the thrift-store/goodwill approach to fashion.

elle on

That is so UGLY! It looks like a bunch of different color and style change wallets all glued together. I can buy a Mercedes Benz cheaper than that, and it won’t go out of style in a month…

Trace on

Don’t get me wrong…I enjoy fashion/trends. But I would never pay 42K for a handbag. If I had that kind of money to burn, I’d burn it on something more noble, like a favorite charity/cause. As a gazillionaire I would pay big money for a gorgeous bag, but never 42K. Besides, even if this bag were 20 bucks I wouldn’t buy it…it’s butt ugly!

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