The Monogram and Damier canvas are two of the most popular Louis Vuitton prints. They have adorned a range of Louis Vuitton accessories and clothes, from handbags and hats to towels and tennis racket covers. Struggling to decide which print you should choose for your Louis Vuitton handbag? Below we uncover the difference between the Monogram and Damier canvas designs from Louis Vuitton.

Monogram vs Damier canvas, which should you choose?

Monogram Canvas

A warm brown-coloured background is covered with a repeat pattern that features the LV monogram and the alternating 4-petalled flower symbols. Both the monogram and flowers have a contrasting golden tone. 

Most handbags are paired with beige, brown, black or white leather trim. However, the natural cowhide ‘Vachetta’ leather is the most classic pairing.

3 Monogram canvas bags are arranged together in a flat lay.
Louis Vuitton bags in the Monogram Canvas | Photo by Anne R

Damier Canvas

The Damier canvases are currently available in 3 colour ways on Louis Vuitton handbags. Including Damier Ebene, Damier Azur and Damier Graphite. There are also a variety of iterations including the Damier Stripes and also a Damier Infini Leather. However the most iconic are currently the Damier Ebene and Damier Azur.

Like the Monogram canvas, handbags with the Damier canvas can be paired with beige, brown and black leather trim. However brown is most commonly paired with Damier Ebene, and a cream or pink leather trim pairs with the summery Damier Azur.

A bright hallway showing a stairway and hallway seating where a Damier Ebene Neverfull sits next to the seat.
A Louis Vuitton Neverfull in the Damier Ebene canvas with dark brown leather trim | Photo by The Social Smith

Which came first, Damier or Monogram?

Both classic patterns form part of Louis Vuitton’s long heritage. But which pattern is the oldest? Many assume the Monogram canvas is older because it’s often associated with the trunks and boxes that Louis Vuitton was famed for. However, it’s actually the Damier canvas which is older. It was created in 1888, whereas the Monogram canvas first appeared in 1896.

Which is more durable?

Both the Monogram and Damier handbag prints are a coated canvas, not leather, as many people assume. This coating provides a protective layer which can protect your bag from minor scratches and water damage more than a leather bag.

However, the Damier Ebene pattern in particular is often considered the most durable and the least likely to show general wear and tear. Its brown-toned chequers are usually paired with deep brown leather trim, unlike the Damier Azur and Monogram canvas which has beige-coloured leather and Vachetta leather trim. These lighter-coloured leathers are much more susceptible to staining.

A Damier Ebene crossbody bag sits next to a gold/jewel bracelet, a folded pair of jeans and a pink iPad case.
Damier Ebene | Photo by Anne R

Vachetta leather can be cleaned, whether you use a DIY method or a professional treatment. However, if you live in an area with particularly high rainfall, this could influence your decision on whether to choose the Monogram canvas or Damier print.

Which is more iconic?

Of course, both designs have that intrinsic link to the history and heritage of Louis Vuitton. If you’re looking for a bag that makes a statement, the Monogram canvas arguably has the most impact and is the most familiar. Even outside of the world of fashion, many people recognise that iconic LV monogram.

The Damier canvas, whether Damier Ebene or Damier Azur, is a well-known classic in the world of high fashion. Its chequered design adds a minimalistic yet refined elegance.

Monogram vs Damier? This image shows the Monogram canvas on a bag involved in a product flat lay photo. It sits on a pair of Calvin Klein jeans, next to a pink gingham crop top and white pointed heels.
Louis Vuitton bag in Monogram Canvas | Photo by Anne R

Monogram vs Damier

Any bag created with the Damier or Monogram canvas is definitely a Louis Vuitton bag that’s worth investing in. Whichever bag style you choose.

Looking to be a little more eco and save some pennies at the same time? Browse our collection of pre-loved Louis Vuitton handbags to find your own classic bag in the Damier or Monogram canvas.


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