Wednesday, January 23, 2013

My New Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull PM in Damier Ebene

(EDIT: I've had to watermark my images with "not for sale" as they were being used without my permission on auction/bag sale sites)

I've had my eye on the Louis Vuitton Neverfull PM for a while now (posted about here and here). I had been saving up for it - and when I heard rumors of an upcoming price increase, I decided to go ahead and quickly make my purchase:

Inside my bag:

LV Neverfull PM

I was so excited to get my bag - I couldn't even wait until I got home to start using it. I love how easy it is to access my things. I'm currently using my classic purse-to-go organizer (in tan), but I plan on purchasing a red zip-up version to protect all my valuables.

Neverfull PM next to Speedy 25:

Damier Ebene versus Monogram Canvas
Cream Sweater: H&M, Polka Dot Sweater: Old Navy

Now that I own both the Neverfull and Speedy styles, I think my Louis Vuitton bag collection is complete! I know some people consider these 2 styles as "starter" pieces, but to me, they are classic and well-designed staples. I actually prefer them over any other LV style! Each bag has a different look and purpose - the Speedy is handheld and has a zip, while the Neverfull can be worn over the shoulder and has an open design.

Damier Ebene versus Monogram Print:
  
Neverfull PM in Damier Ebene and Speedy 25 in Monogram


The Monogram Canvas bags come with vachetta leather - this is untreated leather that naturally ages over time (see how pale my handles were when I first purchased my Speedy! They are a honey colored now). You have to be careful about waterstains and uneven patina developing (ever seen a Monogram bag with "dirty" looking handles/straps? That's an uneven patina). I wipe the vachetta parts down with leather conditioner frequently, and I often leave my bag near my bedroom window to speed up the tanning process. The Damier Ebene bags come with glazed leather - on the plus side, the dark material means you don't have to worry about water stains or hand prints. However, sometimes the glazing starts cracking or peeling - so I'm going to have to keep an eye out for that.

Different ways of wearing the Neverfull PM in Damier Ebene:

LV Neverfull PM
Polka Dot Sweater: Old Navy, Red Jeans: Garage

My Speedy and Neverfull bags are in the smallest sizes offered in their ranges (25 & PM).  I have a thing for teeny bags (see my Balenciaga first, Chanel WOC & Marc Jacobs Single) - but both these bags have more than enough room to hold everything I need. One advantage of the Neverfull PM is the strap length- it fits comfortable over my shoulder but is also short enough to be hand carried. The smaller size also means that this bag looks more structured than the MM & GM styles, which can have a more slouchy look. All the Neverfull bags can be cinched in for a more rectangular shape (see bottom left photo) but I prefer to leave mine uncinched.

Which bag style and canvas do you prefer?  The Neverfull or Speedy? Damier Ebene or Monogram?

Liked this post? Read my other bag reviews here!


UPDATE: Changes to the Neverfull PM - addition of a removable zippered clutch/pochette.



Louis Vuitton updated their Neverfull bags in Fall 2013 - some people refer to these updated bags as "the Louis Vuitton Neo Neverfull". The Neverfull now comes with a removable pochette that can be used as a zippered pouch inside the bag. Alternatively, it can be carried separately as a clutch with a wrist strap. As far as I know, the dimensions of the tote have remained the same.

57 comments:

  1. I like the Speedy but I LOVE your new bag! Great splurge! It looks awesome. And such a classic piece that I'm sure you'll never tire of having in your purse rotation!

    http://theworldfrommystilettos.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks Sam - I love the shape & design of the Neverfull, it's so easy to use!

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  2. congrats on the new bag! I actually have both (because I couldn't decide) and because each bag has a different feel to it. And i prefer the damier ebene over the classic LV's -- but in relality you can never go wrong with a little Louis is your life! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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    1. I LOVE the Damier Ebene - but I really hope I don't have to deal with any peeling or cracking issues - it seems like such a hassle!

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  3. congrats! looks great on you and that size is perfect!

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    1. Thanks Mehreen - I'm loving how spacious the bag is!

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  4. Congrats on the new bag, Ella! I typically see the larger sizes on others so it's nice to see the small one! I have actually been contemplating getting one of the Alma Vernis bags but I can't decide!

    xo, alison*elle

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    1. The Vernis material is SO pretty - I can't wait to see which one you pick out - which color do you like?

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  5. It looks perfect on you! I love the PM size.. it's so rare to see these out in public!

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    1. Thanks Bettina! You're right - I haven't seen many PMs around me either...wonder why it's not more popular? Even my LV SA asked if I was SURE that I didn't want the MM size instead LOL!

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  6. Beautiful! I agree, they are both classics that you will use forever. I love the idea of a purse organizer. I usually use makeup bags to organize but that's a great invention!

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    1. Schnelle - I love my purse-to-go organizer so much - I switch out handbags frequently - and it makes it so easy as all my essentials are in one place AND it fits in most of my bags.

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  7. Congrats on your new bag. I have the Neverfull too but in the medium size and it's my everyday bag. It's so easy to access what I need. The only disadvantage is I end up throwing everything into my bag.

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    1. Thanks Suzie! I can see how easy it would be to overfill this bag - it has so much space :-)

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  8. Very pretty! Both bags looks beautiful:)

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  9. I love it! I have same bag also but GM. Are the Prices increasing again?

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    1. I've heard rumours of a US price increase on Feb 1st - not sure if it will apply to Canada but I didn't want to risk it :-)

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  10. tienes un blog muy interesante con unas ideas geniales, quieres que nos sigamos?????
    Besitos!!!!

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  11. Lovely! I love Neverfulls, infact I bought my second one in Ebene GM yesterday :)


    Also, I am holding a Soprano Racerback Tank "GIVEAWAY" on my blog.
    I would love for you to come check it out and enter for a chance to win, as I am picking TWO winners!

    Have a lovely day

    xo

    Stylejourneys

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    1. Thanks! I checked out your blog - your red Celine is GORGEOUS!

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  12. Yay congrats! You will LOVE the Damier Ebene seems to go with everything and has a little more polished look than monogram (even though I love both). :)

    Lindsay
    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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    1. I love the Damier Ebene print - and I love your Speedy B bag - looks amazing with all your outfits.

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  13. Hi, just stumbled on your blog! Love it! I really like the Neverfull but it doesn't look good on me. Haha.

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

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  14. I finally got to purchase my Speedy 30 after Christmas when I saved enough money. This year I am saving for the Neverfull PM. I feel in love with it at the store. That will complete my purchases as well :) Your newest follower
    Mommysguiltypleasures.blogspot.com

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    1. Congrats on your Speedy purchase - isn't it so much fun to purchase a saved-for item? Which print is your Speedy - and are you getting the Neverfull in the same print or a different one? Thanks for following!

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  15. Love this outfit and LOVE your new bag!! :-)

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  16. OBSESSED! This bag will be mine this year - no doubt! I love it Ella. And I agree that this as well as the speedy are all you need. LV is a great brand, but I think it's important to choose classic staples over trendy bags. Unless you have the money, which many people including myself don't ;)Do you recommend the PM over the MM? I'm not sure which size I'd choose.

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    1. I think the Neverfull will be such a great addition to your gorgeous bag collection. I think we have the same "classic bag" philosophy - if we're saving up and investing in a bag - we want it to be a keeper!

      In terms of size - I prefer the PM for several reasons - it's a classic but you don't see it as frequently as the MM or GM - so it feels a bit more unique. Also - because it's smaller - it holds its shape better than the larger sizes. For me - it fits in ALL I need, and there is space for more - I can post a pic of what I carry so you can get an idea of capacity.

      On the side of an MM - because it's larger - your stuff will be deeper down - which you may prefer since the Neverfull only has a clasp and not a zipper.

      One last thing to consider - even though the other bags are larger - I believe the straps are the same - and neverfulls do have the reputation of "digging" into your shoulder and hurting - so you don't want to make your bag too heavy.

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  17. Oh wow, that is an absolutely gorgeous bag! >w<
    Ahh, Louis Vuitton is a dream - it's too expensive for me now, but I'll make sure to definitely save up for one! ^^

    http://www.joyjoii.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Josephine - it definitely feels good saving up for a wishlist bag :-)

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  18. Love the LV, looks great, such a classic! x

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  19. those LV bags are gorgeous!!! such a classic look!

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

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  20. I have to say I'm SO jealous! This is actually the bag I've just started saving for. I was thinking of getting the MM, but maybe the PM would be big enough... Love it! Perhaps we could follow each other?

    xo Lulu
    simplylulustyle.com

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    1. Thanks Lulu - a couple of people have asked me about what fits in the bag - so I'll be doing a post on it :-) And yes - I'm definitely following your blog - your manicure post was amazing...I always do my own nails - but yours look salon-gorgeous! I need to keep practicing... And I'm also a mom to boy-girl twins :-)

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  21. Just love your bag! I've been eyeing a never full for so long. Can't decide if I really need it (of course I do lol)

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    1. Yes...you definitely need it! I love your taste in bags - you find the best bags everywhere, from Tory Burch to Target!

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  22. Just found your blog and i love it! Love your style. Dying for an ebene neverfull gm!! Love the way you rock the pm:-)

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! The neverfulls are such useful bags - I've used mine non- stop since I bought it'

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  23. I just had to post because I just got this bag in MM. Really appreciate your review, it made me more convinced that I made the right decision to buy the Neverfull. You're right, it's an LV classic.

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    1. Glad my review helped you Rose, and congrats on your new bag!

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  24. Hi Ella, loving your little PM. I'm wondering if it maintains the structure? I have an Azure MM and without the base shaper it becomes very slouchy. The more I put into it the more it sags. I'm thinking of getting a PM and wanted to hear your input.

    Thanks,

    Gabby

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    1. Hi Gabby,

      I think the smaller size really keeps the Neverfull PM looking structured - I've been using it since I posted about it and it has never been slouchy. However, I also always use a purse organizer with it (mentioned in the post above) and I think that really helps keep its shape.

      Hope that helps!

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  25. I couldn't agree more!!!For me these two are also the "it" pieces form LV. So happy to have found your blog:-) a lot of inspirations!!!

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  26. Hi Ella,
    Love your blog! I'm wondering... how are your handle going? Any peeling yet? I'm getting a Neverfull GM soon and is wondering if I should get the Damier Ebene of Monogram... I already have a Tivoli PM and don't like the colored handle after 3 years so I'm leading toward Damier Ebene, but if it is going to crack, I will go with the Monogram. Thank a lot!

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    1. Hi! I used my Neverfull daily for about 2-3 months - and everything is as good as new (thank goodness!). I've put it away for the summer as I like rotating my bags - but plan on using it again in the fall.

      I would definitely take the chance and go for the Damier Ebene - I have heard about handles peeling and cracking - but perhaps LV has addressed the problem? Not every bag is affected - and as long as you keep the receipt - if you do get a dud bag, LV should fix or exchange it.

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  27. Hi, love your post! I have a neverfull mm in azur and I find it too big for my size - I'm 5ft1. Initially I thought of getting a speedy 30 but after reading your post, I think 25 would be a better size for me ;) however, I can't quite decide on which one to get - ebene or monogram? ive already have a neverfull pm in azur and Eva clutch in mono, which one should I get for speedy? I personally like both mono and ebene. Can u advise or suggest?

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    1. I love the speedy in damier ebene - it's so chic! Even though I have a mono speedy, I'm now more drawn to ebene. Good luck choosing one - they're all lovely, huh?

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  28. This is such a gorgeous bag, I want to get one could you please tell me if I am able to fit an A4 folder/ ringbinder in it please?

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  29. Cantik! I like both design.can put so many things😉

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  30. I just bought my first Louis Vuitton Neverfull PM Damier I can't wait to use it! How do you care for yours?

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