Are Louis Vuitton bags made of animal skin?

Many of Louis Vuitton iconic bags, like those featuring the LV Monogram or Damier canvas (literally means checkerboard in French), are made primarily from coated canvas material with leather trim, often cowhide leather.

Louis Vuitton Croissant MM - Monogram
Louis Vuitton Croissant MM

However, Louis Vuitton also offers bags that are made entirely from leather, such as those from their Epi Leather or Empreinte collections. These bags do use animal skins, typically cowhide, that have been treated and processed to achieve various textures and finishes.

Louis Vuitton Petit Noe Bag Epi Leather
Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Petit Noé Bag

The brand also offers exotic leathers, such as alligator, crocodile, and ostrich, for certain limited-edition or special-order items. These are indeed made from animal skin and are priced significantly higher than their canvas or regular leather counterparts.

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