Louis Vuitton NéoNoé Bucket Bag Review

I’ve recently shared a review of the Celine Sangle Bucket Bag that I got earlier this year, and I realized I never shared a review of my very first luxury bag, my beloved LV NéoNoé. Funnily enough, it’s also a bucket-style bag, however, quite different from the Celine Sangle. I bought it in June 2020 –  here you can read more about how I bought it and what I considered at the time. After two years of wearing it, I thought it was time to get to the Louis Vuitton NéoNoé Bucket Bag Review.

The exact bag style is the Louis Vuiton NéoNoé Monogram Empreinte in black leather. If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen it appearing in a few pictures as I love to wear it whenever I get the chance.

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Design

The bag is made out of beautiful, grained leather with an embossed monogram and gold metal hardware. It’s a bucket bag style and a more modern interpretation of the classic Noé bucket bag designed to carry champagne bottles back in the 1930s. The design is quite simple and elegant but still with a hint of practicality and versatility. As closure, the bag can be pulled to a close with a leather drawstring that “cinches” the bag’s exterior together.

The bag comes with both a detachable handle as well as a detachable shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is adjustable and can become a longer strap for wearing the bag cross body. However, it’s too long on me so I never wear it like that. These two details add a lot of versatility to the bag and make it easy to carry.

To me, this bag is absolutely stunning in person. The black embossed leather looks and feels very luxurious as well as very elegant. I also think it’s a bit more on the understated side compared to other LV bags. Especially when thinking about the traditional monogram on canvas that is so popular with the brand, this one feel like a more unique piece. Add the gold hardware to the mix and it simply makes for a stunning bag that still delivers on day-to-day wearability.

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The beautiful NéoNoé in all its glory.

What fits in the bag

Organization-wise, it has a non-detachable zip pocket that acts as a divider through the middle of the bag, thus creating two compartments. The zip pocket itself is flat. You can see that in the pictures below, so it can fit a small wallet, phone or passport.

The bag is quite spacious, overall, however because of the zip pocket separator it loses some of it potential in terms of space. Nonetheless, I find that the two compartments still have quite some room to fit in daily essentials. Pictured below you can see what I carry in the day to day: Kindle, notebook, sunglasses, wallet, hand cream and sanitizer, perfume and more. You could also fit a book, a bottle of water or a coffee mug and a scarf. I also use two organizers to make sure the bag does not lose shape but also to organize what I carry with me.

Very important to note however is that it does not fit a 13″ laptop. It does fit an 11″ iPad though, and the edges of the iPad stick out a little. So when I take it to work I carry my laptop separately in a case.

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Some of the daily essentials that fit into the bag (sans laptop).
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When open, you can really see how spacious it is.
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Once cinched, it goes back to its bucket shape.

Wear and tear of the NeoNoe

I’ve had the bag for over two years and it’s gotten quite some wear. It has even traveled with me a few times. I’ve taken it to work and on casual outings, so it’s gotten its fair share of wear. However, it has absolutely no sign of wear and tear. No scuffing at the bottom corners, no scratches, no nothing. I am honestly impressed at how well it’s holding up. I like to take care of my bags, but nothing too extreme because I also like to just wear and enjoy them. With this bag, I do three things to keep it in ship shape:

  1. I never ever put it on the ground or on dirty or rough surfaces. This is something I do with all my bags regardless of the price point. It’s not only about protecting the leather on the bottom, but also a matter of hygiene. If I carry the bag on my shoulder and place it on my lap, I don’t want to be doing that after placing it on the ground. So that’s an easy and basic rule for me.
  2. Secondly, I had seen bucket bag styles that end with a sagged bottom. Conscious of that, I added a hard flat insert to the bottom of the bag to avoid sagging, and I’ve never looked back.
  3. Lastly, I also use two bag inserts made out of felt to keep the bucket shape. I don’t really think it’s needed that much for the purpose of shape-keeping. However, I like to use them especially to keep it all organized and easy.

When I am not wearing the bag, I also don’t baby it much. I simply store it standing in my wardrobe and make sure it stands straight without anything else pressing on it or touching it. Since it’s in a closed wardrobe, I don’t bother with dustbags or keeping it in the box.

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I love wearing it regardless of the season.

I have to be honest, for my very first luxury purchase I did not want to go the preloved route so I bought it directly in store. Additionally, at the time the embossed leather version was a new style and wasn’t even available on any of the preloved platforms. You can also find it online here: Louis Vuiton NéoNoé Monogram Empreinte.

I still love this bag as much as I did on day one. It brings me joy every time I wear it, I find it versatile enough to actually fit my lifestyle and reach for it in the day to day. I knew that I can use this bag for casual outings, going to the office, as well as traveling.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you found my Louis Vuitton NéoNoé Bucket Bag Review helpful.

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