What Size Louis Vuitton Neverfull Tote Should I Get?
Which size Neverfull tote is right for you?
The Neverfull Tote
The iconic Louis Vuitton logo is one of style and sophistication. Their designer handbag line is a classic look. The Neverfull tote is a utilitarian shaped tote that can be used for multiple purposes and settings - travel, work, schoolbag, even as a diaper bag.
This tote is a classic rectangular shape. It has thin handles that are mounted at the top of the bag. Two straps on either side of the bag can be pulled to draw the sides together, creating a triangular shape. It comes in three colors - classic LV, Damier Ebene (as pictured) and Damier Azur which is a cream/blueish-gray checkerboard version of Damier Ebene. All are made of leather with gold colored hardware. Inside is lined with fabric. There is a large interior zippered pocket. A d-ring strap to attach your keys or a small wristlet hangs inside. The d-ring is helpful in all of the sizes of this tote since they do not zipper closed on top. Securing your keys or wallet to the d-ring is one way to make sure that your valuables do not fall out (or someone doesn't reach in and take them).
New in 2013, the Neverfull is being offered in the Min Lin print, as well as colored leather. Both of these special edition options cost more than the regularly priced tote in the three colors mentioned above. The new styles, and the standard three colors all come with an option this year to purchase it with a matching, detachable pouch. Prices with and without the pouch are listed below.
The classic LV pattern is the Louis Vuitton logo. This is the most recognizable pattern in their line. It's a gold colored initial "L" superimposed over a "V". The initials are repeated on a chocolate brown background. The handles are a light cream colored leather that with time will age to a shiny caramel colored patina. My take on it: yes it's a classic, but an often copied look. There are knock-offs of this pattern being sold in every major city around the world.
The Damier Ebene pattern is a brown and black checkered pattern. The word checkerboard in French is "damier", and "ebene" means black. So, the French translation is "Black Checkerboard" pattern. The handles are a shiny chocolate brown. This is the pattern that I decided on. It's not copied as often as the classic LV pattern, yet it's still recognizable as being a Louis Vuitton.
You already know that "damier" means checkerboard. To continue the French lesson, "Azur" means blue. This pattern looks ideal for Summer or Spring as it is cream and blue checkered. The handles are the same as those on the classic LV patterned tote. In my opinion, this pattern tends to look "dirty" the fastest.
Measurements and Prices for these three standard colors:
GM is the largest at 15.75 x 12.99 x 7.87 inches, it costs $1,230, or $1,030 without the pouch.
MM is the medium size at 12.6 x 11.42 x 6.3 inches , it costs $1,160, or $980 without the pouch.
PM is the smallest size at 11.42 x 8.66 x 5.2 inches, it costs $1,090, or $930 without the pouch.
My First Louis Vuitton Purchase
Last Summer I had handbag-envy for months. I love designer handbags, and have a habit of collecting them. Two of my friends at the Junior League have Louis Vuitton totes, and for my birthday I finally decided to treat myself to one of my own. I did some research and decided on the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM tote in Damier Ebene print. This bag is huge! I went with the Damier Ebene print rather than the traditional LV because I thought it looked classier. There are so many LV knock-offs around that I didn't want my expensive bag to be mistaken as one. When deciding on which bag to buy I decided on this one because I figured that I could use it when I travel as my airplane bag when travelling, and also use it at work. The sales representative said the straps are crafted to hold up to 200+ lbs.
The GM is huge, and I find that I tend to over-stuff it. The bag is definitely sturdy and holds a lot. So much so that if you over-stuff it like mine, eventually your back will hurt. When I'm heading home from work and want to stop in a store or go shopping in the mall, even though it's so heavy I'm reluctant to leave it in the car on the floor. I think that someone might break the car window to steal it. This is a great tote, but I have to learn not to let it get too heavy. I haven't traveled with it yet, but still think this would be great for that.
This bag is definitely a classic that I will have for many years to come. If you're considering buying one, it's much more affordable than many of the other Louis Vuitton bags, and a shape and style that will be stylish forever. They age very well, so you could save some money by buying a gently used one from someone looking to sell theirs. Just make sure that the handles are in good shape.
When I use it as a work bag I wind up putting in so many files that it's hard to find my personal belongings in it. I wound up putting my keys, lipbalm and wallet in a small wristlet and attaching it to the d-ring clip so that it would be more easily accessible. Ideally I'd love to get a small LV wristlet, but I couldn't afford or justify the purchase after buying the tote. I guess that'll have to wait until next birthday.