Is it true that the Louis Vuitton Odeon PM was discontinued?
Yes, the Louis Vuitton Odeon PM Tote was actually discontinued by Louis Vuitton. However, it was later reintroduced in 2020.
What’s New in the Odeon?
The new Odeon PM features slight modifications, making it a little different from the old style.
In the new one, the name tag tags real leather and matches with reinforced leather corners.
LV dubbed it a shoulder bag made from monogram canvas.
With leather straps that are adjustable, you can wear it as a crossbody when you need to move fast or as a shoulder bag when you’re freer and want to look as elegant as possible.
It also features double zip closure for easy close-up and a large, roomy inside for more accommodation.
About the Old LV Odeon PM
Though they have a similar profile, there is a slight difference between the new and the old one.
The old (now phased out) Odeon PM is a famous handbag with a lot of fans due to being a unique shoulder bag.
The design is more than just any bag. It features golden hardware, leather corners, leather straps, and a unique design that is not found on most bags.
Although it’s expensive at almost $2k, the quality of the bag speaks for it.
Aside from being sturdy, customers have noted that it’s easy to use.
The zipper zips smoothly, the insides are well plaited, the strap is adjustable and you can use it as a tote or shoulder bag.
It’s slightly cheaper than the new model but is now discontinued.
Why Do Brands Discontinue Handbags?
Some brands discontinue their handbags for genuine reasons while others do it for or some specific goal (read: not always reasonable).
But of course, there is little you can do whether you think it’s reasonable or not. You always have to move on. Here are some ideas on why brands may discontinue the bag:
The bag isn’t that popular
When a bag isn’t making enough sales to keep making it, some brands will discontinue it altogether.
I’ve seen some bags that have a large following online but not in the real world.
So, while some bloggers are promoting it and hyping it, not many people want to buy it.
When this happens, it often distorts facts where you would think a product is really popular (which should also mean a lot of sales for the brand) but it isn’t.
There is a new innovative product
Sometimes, brands like LV or Gucci may have a new design for a specific bag that they think may wow their customer base.
Instead of keeping the old one, they stop making it.
Sometimes, they add more digits to the price so they can make more profit. It can also be genuine and not a profit grab.
You can’t blame a brand on either side.
Low sales or not profitable
Some products are very profitable earlier on but begin to lose sales and therefore profit as time goes on.
No matter what consumers think or say about a profit if the brand is not making profits that can make them keep producing it, they’ll stop.
These are some of the reasons a brand may stop making a bag. But then, what can you do if it eventually happens?
When a Brand Discontinues a Bag
When your favorite bag is discontinued, you could do either of the following:
Check with the manufacturer
This is the surest way of confirming the purse is truly discontinued.
You have to be careful where you ask though. Some customer reps may be out of the loops of things and give you wrong information.
However, if you can email the sales department directly (or the correct department), they’ll be able to tell you the fact.
Get an alternative
Usually, there will be an alternative product, either from the same brand or another brand.
When a bag is discontinued, it usually means it’s not coming back.
Most are gone forever unless you go for used or get them as a gift from a previous owner.
Some bags do return, but it’s not a regular occurrence.
Whichever bag is discontinued, you always have the choice of looking for alternatives. Either look from the same brand or counterparts.
You just might find something similar that’s cheaper. And it may also be crickets. Be ready.