I have always been a purse girl. Something about them makes my little fashion heart burst! I still have my first designer purse–a Coach crossbody (hello 2006!)–and it will take a lot for me to get rid of it. I’m a sentimental hoarder, for sure. Today I thought I’d share another bag that has sentimental value in my life and a bag that I adore. If you haven’t already guessed, it’s the Neverfull.
I carry the Louis Vuitton Neo Neverfull MM in Monogram canvas. It is the updated Neverfull, which means it came with the pochette on the inside. This tote is my go-to bag and one of my holy grail pieces in my closet. I love this bag. Love. I will never get rid of it, even when I’ve worn it out. I’ll keep it as a memento…and then repurchase it.
I got my bag for my 21st birthday as a gift from my parents. I went to New York City for my birthday and got to pick this up at the Louis Vuitton on 5th Avenue. It was a dream. I kept the box, bag and everything. The LV love started with this bag. So be warned: Louis Vuitton is an addiction. The quality and craftsmanship of their iconic pieces are unbeatable. Gucci and Dior will come and go, but, to me, Louis Vuitton (and Chanel) will never go out of style.
Much to everyone’s surprise, I’m definitely a saver more than a spender. However, I view some (not all) designer pieces as investments. The general rule of thumb is that classic brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermès hold their value the best, and especially on their staple pieces. That means that you can resell these items on the “preloved” market and make a lot of your money back. For instance, I could sell this bag on the preloved market if I ever needed to and make a large chunk of my money back. That’s one thing to keep in mind when considering a designer purchase–does it have a good resell value? But also don’t forget that you have to LOVE LOVE LOVE it.
Today I’m going to share some insider knowledge about the Neverfull, like what I love about it and my thoughts on things like bag organizers and hot stamping. If you’ve been weighing the pros and cons of this bag, hopefully I can help you make up your mind!
What I Love About the Neverfull
The leather: I am partial to Monogram over the Damier prints because I prefer the untreated leather. When I first got this bag, I couldn’t wait for the leather to patina and darken. To me, the Neverfull is supposed to be worn in, soft and relaxed, and the patina is part of that look. I don’t like the leather really light and stiff.
I wanted my leather to patina evenly and beautifully, so that means I babied this bag so much for the first year and a half. I never wore it in rain, was so careful around liquids, didn’t touch the leather after putting on any lotions or oils, didn’t let other people touch the leather, etc. Like, I was low-key crazy about it. All those things would cause water spots or patina the leather I touched quicker than anywhere else. I’m happy I did baby it because now the patina is so even and beautiful. There are a few random spots, but they’re on the handles and don’t bother me because the bag has darkened all around. I still don’t take it out in rain, but I’ve relaxed otherwise. You can baby it or you can use it in every condition–your call. The bag can take being worn a ton, so that’s not the issue. It just comes down to how worn-in you want it to look and how fast. My mindset was that it was a big purchase and I wanted to be as respectful to it as I could.
The Monogram: Yes, we know I much prefer the Monogram over the Damier print. I think the Monogram is more special and it can’t be duplicated, although it is often imitated. There’s just something too dark about the Damier Ebene and too light about the Damier Azure. The monogram is just perfectly in the middle. And, as previously mentioned, it comes with the untreated leather.
The MM size: I am 5’3 and the MM is perfect for me. The GM is huge and I couldn’t carry that everyday. However, I would love to get the GM Monogram and get it painted with my initials as a travel/baby (in a very, very, very long time)/overnight bag. The PM is too small and looks weird for the shape of the bag. I know some prefer the GM, but for day to day use, you can’t go wrong with the MM if you’re my height and under. I know taller women prefer the GM, so I definitely recommend trying it on before buying it.
The practicality: It’s a tote bag, so it does what tote bags do: it holds everything. I’ve used it as a purse, carry on and work bag. The strap drop is perfect for just slinging it over your shoulder running errands or while traveling. As it’s been worn, the leather straps have gotten softer and more comfortable. They weren’t uncomfortable at the beginning, but now the leather just moves easier. Another aspect of how practical it is, is that you can wear it with everything. Even though it’s a warm, brown bag, I consider it a neutral. In the pictures above, I wore it with black and it looks great. Grey? Awesome. Color? Of course.
The Pochette: In the Neo Neverfulls you get a pochette included. The Neo is the newer model of the bag. The “old” model is the same bag, but with a different print on the inside and without the pochette. I love that it came with the pochette because I can keep random receipts, cash, gift cards, etc. inside it without losing them in my bag. It’s an extremely flat pochette, but it still works as a clutch! You just clip the leather strap that attaches to the bag’s inside D ring to the pochette to make it a wristlet. I’ve worn this out at night so many times–a great added value in my opinion!
The versatility: This bag is a three-in-one bag. You can wear it as a tote. You can carry the pochette as a wristlet or clutch. You can cinch in the sides for a more square look. I’ve done all three and love it. The versatility makes the price feel a little more justified. Cinching in the sides makes it smaller and a little more structured. The bag becomes less of a statement, but I loooove wearing it like this.
Interior color: This bag comes with several different color interiors. When I got it, I really considered the dark pink interior. However, I didn’t want that to make the bag trendy because I might not love it in a few years. I thought it would be wise to stick to the neutral tan interior, and I’m so happy I did! Maybe if I wanted to add another to my collection, I would get a color on the inside…but I would probably just hold out for a GM with a painted monogram because you get to pick one of the colors of the monogram as your interior color. (Have I thought about this?)
Bag organizers: I don’t have a bag organizer, although I do think they are helpful. Instead, I just keep little makeup bags in my purse to put my things in. I didn’t want to look in the bag and see the organizer. I think the inside lining is pretty and I want to be able to see it. I also don’t want to block the pocket that comes inside the bag. Bag organizers tend to help bags keep their shape, but this tote was meant to be kind of slouchy. I think the bag shape is beautiful without the extra shaping from the organizer.
Bag charms: I’m not into the luggage tags on the Neverfulls or any charms. Some scarves attached are pretty, however I prefer the bag as it is. I think adding to it, takes away from it.
Hot stamping: After I first got the Neverfull, I reeeeaaally thought about getting it hot stamped at a Louis Vuitton boutique. For free, LV will monogram the leather handle tab on the canvas. I think you can choose one, two or three initials with or without periods. I’m not 100 percent sure how many you get. I couldn’t decide what color monogram foil to get or which initials, so I just decided to play it safe and not do it. Maybe I will someday, since I’m never getting rid of this bag. I like the look, but I’m just so indecisive about it!
My Opinion on Cleaning and Treating
I made the decision to not treat the leather on my bag with a protector or water proofer. I was afraid of ruining my first LV piece down the road. I researched it and many people online said it caused the leather to crack or wear differently than normal. I have never wiped down the canvas with a baby wipe either. I think that Louis Vuitton knows more than we do about their bags and if they don’t encourage cleaning, treating or wiping down the bag, I won’t do it. I just made the decision to take extra great care of my bag, which has paid off.
This bag is one of the best items you’ll ever have in your closet. It looks great with athleisure, work clothes and L.L. Bean boots. It’s the definition of versatility and functionality, and I fall in love with it all over again each day I carry it. Hopefully I was able to persuade you to make the plunge into the Neverfull land.
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.