Louis Vuitton Neverfull Handbag GM

Today, we’ll be discussing one of the bags that drastically raised the bar when it came to how people perceived the durability and carrying capability of a designer bag. Of course I’m talking about the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM.

It’s a definite oldie in terms of when it was released compared to the other models in the market but it is a definite mainstay and for several good reasons. While it was released in 2013, it continues to be one of their best-selling handbags. I’ll be listing some pretty solid reasons in a little bit.

The Neverfull comes in three sizes with GM being the largest size. At the time of its release, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM cost around $980 which came off as a bit pricey but was relatively less costly than the other LV handbags. The reason it is so enduring even to this day is because of these:

1.) Open top equals easy access

I’ve never been the type of girl who liked to fiddle with zippers or having to reopen and refasten my bag. So when open tops hit the market, I was over the moon. Despite the open top of this bag, my things don’t just spill out all over and everywhere.

Yes, even I was paranoid about it. But given the bag’s depth, it’s fairly easy to keep things in its place and it’s rather enjoyable having to reach down. I feel like a magician pulling a rabbit out of a magical hole.

2.) It can hold SO much stuff

I’m not even kidding. A constant complaint of a lot of people when it comes to designer bags is the lack of space. However, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM managed to exceed my expectations and held so much.

Personally, I love using this bag for the office since it hold everything I need and more. I managed to put it my clunky 17 inch laptop, my DSLR camera, 2 phones, an ipad, my planner, keys, girl kit, extra clothes, 3 wallets, my lunch, a personal sized thermos. My friends keep asking me if I keep my husband and kids in there too.

Despite the abuse I heap on this in terms of weight and usage, it still looks so classy with very little signs of stress.

3.) The LV canvass has already proven its durability before

In my closet, the oldest Louis Vuitton I have is over 14 years old. It’s carried a lot of stuff over the years. It’s been dropped, shoved, scuffed, and it’s been exposed to different weathers in over 5 different countries and it still looks brand new.

So since the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM carries the same canvass, I was already pretty confident about the durability and I’m happy to report that my trust was rewarded spectacularly.

4.) You have several choices of print

A lot of luxury bags have undergone the trend of going for minimalist style logos. I’m glad that Louis Vuitton was smart enough to offer options for those who are really into that trend. Your choices are Monogram Idylle Canvas, Monogram Canvas and Damier Azure or Ebene.

Personally, I went with the Damier Ebene.

5.) The details are pretty sweet

For those who are a bit technical, here are the specs of the bag:

40 x 33 x 20 cm
( length  x height  x width )

– Redesigned interior with Louis Vuitton archive details
-Textile-lined inside pocket
-Removable zippered clutch with matching interior
-Natural cowhide leather trim
– Golden color metallic pieces

6.) It’s fairly easy to take care of

This garment is made to meet the highest demands and composed from a specific and high quality mercerised cotton yarn. It is recommended that a delicate wash with low temperatures to prevent shrinkage followed by drying on a flat surface and iron delicately.

Bottom line: it’s a durable bag that can really give the girl on the go what she needs!

Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote Bag

If you’re a designer bag aficionado, this handbag requires little introduction. The Prade Saffiano tote is one of the staples of classic handbag fashion. Something that joins the class of LV Speedy or Chanel 2.55.

It truly is one of the classics which kind of surprises me as to why I haven’t done a review of this beauty yet. So today, I’m rectifying just that.

The Prada Saffiano Double Zip tote has always been my go-to when I want fashion and true functionality.  For starters, the structure and silhouette of the double zip tote is pretty solid. It’s something that, with proper care, won’t get misshapen.  So let me list out the specific ways why I love this bag:

The leather is tough

For the fashion lover on the go, quality leather is a must. While it is normal for bags to get scuffled or scratched, quality handbags last so much longer than most. I’m happy to report that despite over a decade of usage, the leather on my Prada Saffiano Double Zip is still pretty solid.

As you know Prada uses treated calf leather with a crossed hatched design. It’s durable and as I’ve found out through the years, fairly scratch resistant. While for others it may not feel as soft as other leathers but if you’re looking for durability, you won’t be disappointed with this design.

When you love fashion, you need to be more discerning about the quality of the leather you choose. Sadly, there are bags out there that have sensitive leather. While those have their purposes, if you’re looking for something you can use as an everyday bag–the Saffiano Double Zip is for you

I’m able to fit more than I initially thought

Space is always an issue with designer handbags. Often there might be too little space or even the opposite–too much of it! For a structured tote, I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to fit much of my everyday things into it.  My size is the medium one, in case you’re wondering. For the nitty-gritty the dimensions are 13 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches.

To give you a strong idea of what this baby can fit, I’m going to list out what’s currently in my bag. Let’s see: sunglasses, sunglasses case, a small pouch bag, my passport holder/passport, a small planner, a large planner, card holders, lip products (six), phones (3), makeup bag, pens, keys (5).

That’s the contents for a short weekend trip. Now imagine the everyday work load.

This bag is pretty work appropriate 

The struggle with fashion back then was a lot of bags were either too flashy or really didn’t get the job done in terms of space. I bought my Saffiano Double Zip tote specifically with work in mind.

What I really love about it is that I have the option to carry it on my shoulder since there’s an attachable strap. For lighter days, I carry it in the crook of my arm but the other option has been a lifesaver particularly if the iPads and small laptop is in the bag.

What I love about this design is that the colors it’s available in. So you’re able to still show a bit of personality with a color like Marble or Caramel but still be work environment appropriate.

Now, I don’t want to give this tote perfect points since there are still incidents of wear and tear. I’m going to list some things I don’t like about this bag.

The zipper can be…trying 

The inner zipper is rather difficult to open and close. It’s also be steadily tarnishing through the years. Even at the early years of its life, the zippers don’t really zip that smoothly.

The resale value isn’t much

Not that I’m planning on selling my baby, mind you. But if you are a person with resale in mind, this bag may not be for you. As of recent store prices, the Saffiano Double Zip will hit you for about $1950. So do think about that first before you go off and buy a bag you’re not planning on keeping long-term.

Beyond that, I’d like to say that the Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote is still something I would buy if it came out as a new product in the market today. That’s how much I’ve come to appreciate it’s durability.

The Tory Burch Perry Tote

Today, I’ll be talking about the very dependable Perry Tote from Tory Burch! To get the details out of the way, let’s talk about the little specs of this beauty:

  • Pebbled leather with resin backing
  • Open top
  • Flat leather handles with 9.4″ (24 cm) drop
  • Interior hanging pocket with 2 open pockets
  • Height: 11.3″ (28.5 cm)
  • Length: 14.9″ (37.5 cm)
  • Depth: 5.9″ (15 cm)

It comes in various colors: Black, Navy, Light Oak, Baby Blue, and Bark. Personally, I love Bark the most. It fits with most OOTDs and makes it a fit for a broad array of events and occasions. It even fits as a daily staple.

As a first impression, I thought that it may not be able to hold much in terms of load but I am not ashamed to say that I am flat out mistaken. So it turns out that this baby can carry quite the load. I personally tested how much it could carry and I was quite impressed.

For work I was able to carry: my 14 inch laptop, the laptop charger cable, my iPad, my Starbucks planner, my wallet, my car keys, my house keys, a folder full of files, my iPhone, 10 pens, my lunch, my perfume, my hand sanitizer, some tissue, and a stress ball.

For leisure I was able to carry: my iPad, my iPhone, house keys, car keys, a dslr, a large fluffy towel, flip flops, shades, wallet, sunblock lotion, spare clothes, and a small bag of toiletries.  So yeah, you can see why I’m so impressed! Despite the load, there wasn’t any strain on carrying it at all–even when I was just carrying it at the crook of my elbow. The added beauty of it is that despite the heft, there was no strain on my shoulders. It was truly wonderful how the base is structured well. Regardless of how the sides may appear floppy at times, the base was there to provide structure and support. It also made sure that the bag wasn’t falling all over the place.

I particularly liked how the inside wasn’t lined with fabric. Instead, it’s lined with soft leather. It was particularly helpful for my friend who carried some pudding in her purse (for her daughter) and it got crushed. Pudding everywhere! Everyone breathed a sigh of relief when we realized that a few wipes would solve the issue!

Now, of course, everything about this bag isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. I have my share of “ehh could have been better”. For starters, the tote is just open. There’s no latch or even a few strings to draw them together in the slightest. So it may be quite uncomfortable for those who like their privacy (and extra security). Also, it could have been better if there was a zippered pocket within the bag itself. That at least we’d be able to put in stuff that we want to sit still like keys or a phone. The inner pocket could also have been a bit deeper than it presently is. But that’s just me.

Now the Perry Tote comes in at $480-$500 so it’s quite on the affordable side of the luxury bag spectrum. Since it’s so versatile and sturdy, you’re really getting a lot out of your purchase! Do you wonderful lovelies have this bag too? Let me know what you think of it and I’ll be back with more reviews. Toodles!