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Created by designers Takashi Murakami, Stephen Sprouse and Yayoi Kusama in 2007, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull quickly became one of the houses most sought after and iconic bags.
Its simplicitc design lends to its functionality and easy of use. Pretty much from it’s inception, the Neverfull has been considered a luxury collection starter piece and it’s been so for well over a decade now.
But with more options on the market, such as the St. Louis from Goyard or the OnTheGo from Louis Vuitton themselves; and an ever creeping price tag, is the Neverfull still worth considering in 2022?
I have the pleasure of owning 3 Neverfull, all purchased at different times and ways, so for today’s blog, I figured it would be nice to consider if getting the Neverfull makes sense anymore–and if it doesn’t, what other options a fashion lover might have instead.
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Neverfull Size Option
I figured the best place to start would be to look at the sizing options available for the Neverfull.
The most popular option by far is the MM or medium sized. with dimensions of 12.6″ L x 11.4″ H x 6.7″ W & an 8-inch handle drop, this bag will work well for most any situation. Personally, I use it most as a briefcase for work, but it’s a great sizes for pretty much any daily use. Currently, the MM is retailing for $2,030.00 USD.
A size up from the MM would be the GM, with dimensions of 15.7″ L x 13.0″ H x 7.9″ W and a 8-inch handle drop as well. This bag is LARGE and is often times used as a carry on because it can fit so much. I mostly use mine as a diaper bag, as I have 3 small children and with organization, it fit everything that I need for them. At the moment, the GM is going for $2,100.00 USD.
And lastly, the PM or the smallest size. This is the least popular option with dimensions of 11.4” L x 8.7” H x 5.1” W and a handle drop of 6.5inches. I have used this bag a few times for work when I just needed a tablet, but mostly, I use this bag when I want t carry a bit extra with me to lunch or brunch with a friend. As of now, the PM cost $1,960.00 USD.
Whichever size(s) you get will defiantly depend on your lifestyle and what you intend to use the bag for. However generally speaking, the MM size will give you the most bang for your buck.
Price & ROI
We touched a bit on price above, but it deserve it’s own section as it’s a major factor for most people in determining what they want to purchase.
The price of the Neverfull is astronomical for what it is– made even more so by the pandemic.
With an entry point of just under $2,000.00 USD for a mostly canvas bag, it’s an expensive bag.
Thats said, compared to other designer goods, the return on investment, or ROI is not that bad with the Neverfull.
I bought my new Neverfull in 2018 for $1,260.00 USD and can sell it on the resell market for about $1,750.00 USD, so money isn’t lost if I sold it on.
Any you can pretty much guarantee that the price of these totes will keep climbing too, with definitely helps with the bags ROI staying profitable.
Being the pragmatic gal that I am, functionality is a major point for me when considering if I want to purchase an item or not. I have have a closet full of accessories, but they are accessories with a purpose and function.
That said, overall I find the Neverfull to be incredibly functional–once they have a organizers added to them.
Honestly, at this price point, I don’t know why Louis Vuitton doesn’t just add a removable organizer to these bags, but that added $30-$80 more for an organizer really does make a difference in how this bag functions.
I bought my first Neverfull (in the GM size) in 2017 to use as a diaper bag with an insert off of Etsy, and I still use this as my main diaper bag to this day, almost 5 years later.
It’s big enough to literally carry everything my 3 babies need, plus extra clothing, snacks, water and can even hold some of my items. And because it’s not a rigid bag, it can easily fit into tight spaces such as under a wagon carriage or under an airplane seat.
I also like the fact that it features a clasp on either side of the bag as well as side cinches that can draw the bag to a close for added protection.
Overall, I would say that this bag is mostly comfortable, with a few caveats.
The first caveat being the straps. If your bag is overloaded (as my GM typically is), the straps can really dig at your shoulders. Because they are so thin, there really isn’t much to distribute that weight around either.
With my PM size, I feel like this isn’t much of a problem, because that bag simply can’t hold that much. But particularly with my MM size in damier ebene, which comes with coated leather straps, I feel like it can get very bad on my shoulders if the bag is too heavy.
The second caveat would be the sheer size of this bag. Again, it’s not really a problem with the PM version because its tiny and for me the MM isn’t bad either. But the GM is ginormous and it can feel a bit clunky carrying it around. I always feel like I’m about to bump into something walking around with it. While I have gotten use to it over time, it’s still something to consider.
Quality is another important point to cover. If you’re going to be spending money on something, you want to make sure that you’re actually getting something that was made with care.
I own two older style Neverfull and one new model with the thicker canvas.
Over all, I have to say that the quality on all 3 bags is impeachable. My GM is my oldest coming in at 9 years old and is most used. Even still, all the vechattea is in decent condition with no cracking on the leather or canvas and zero issues with stitching.
While I heard that some people had issues with newer models made in the USA, my MM after 4 years still looks very much new.
Louis Vuitton as well as. some other houses have been plagued with quality issues as of late but it does appear that they are putting extra care into the quality control of their best selling bag.
The last point I really wanted to cover before giving my thought on if this bag is still worth it in 2022, is this bags classic status.
A classic bag would be one intertwined with the brands legacy and thus always in production.
While comparatively a baby next to the likes of the Speedy, Noe, and Alma bags (all of which are in their 90’s!) the Neverfull appears to be here to stay.
As a modern classic, the Neverfull exudes the feeling of effortless luxury and timelessness. Even thought it can feel like everyone and their mama has a Neverfull, I don’t feel dated nor do I feel like the bag has been cheapened either.
So Is This Bag Still Worth It in 2022?
I remember when Louis Vuitton launched the OnTheGo tote in 2019, and I felt like that was going to be the bag to replace the Neverfull for sure. But here we are 3 years later and the Neverfull is still their top selling bag.
While the boxy structure and lines of the OnTheGo feel more modern and youthful (and more practically too) the Neverfull is just a classic piece at this point and a lux lovers favorite.
So if you’re considering a Neverfull in 2022, then I would say, yah it’s worth the purchase!
Would I still purchase it in stores though? I honestly don’t think I would.
There are TONS of Neverfulls on the resell market and so you can get a steep discount going that route. Plus, there will still likely be a decent ROI if you decided to sell the bag later on down the line.
I bought my PM for around $550 on Fashionphile in 2019 and it’s now going for around $725, so you likely won’t lose money shopping that route either.
Despite some of the criticism the Neverfull has received in the past few years about it being over saturated and dated, it is still one of the top sought after bags and worth the investment of you’re looking for a tote. Like all bags, it does come with it’s issues. But over all it’s a wonderful bag and the top used tote in my collection!
Are you considering the Neverfull, or own one in your collection? Share your thoughts on it down below!