Goyard Saint Louis GM Review
I purchased my Louis Vuitton Neverfull before I started working at IBM in 2010. It was my first job out of college and I knew I wanted a great “work bag” that could be used for anything/everything. Fast forward 9 years later and I started looking for a replacement. I knew I didn’t want to buy the same bag over again, only because I’d been carrying that one for nine years, so I started to look for alternatives. I love that the Saint Louis GM is comparable size/shape to the LV Neverfull, which is perfect for carrying just about anything you need. I like that there are a lot of colors to choose from and that you can also personalize. Sharing my review below, but all in all – yes, I would buy it again! It’s a great, large bag that is low maintenance and holds everything I need on day-to-day basis!
Goyard Saint Louis GM vs Louis Vuitton Neverfull
I got a lot of questions about the difference between the Goyard Saint Louis and the Neverfull tote bag. They are very similar bags – large totes, similar sizes and canvas logo bags. Each one comes with an inside pouch, that can be used separately, too.
As far as quality, they are both high quality bags – I just haven’t had my Goyard long enough to really know how the white will hold up. I think the canvas material feels nicer on the LV Neverfull – the Goyard feels a little more like plastic. The Goyard doesn’t stand up on it’s own, it’s more of a slouchy bag.
Also, there isn’t an inside zipper pocket, so I use a clear Truffle bag to stay somewhat organized. While the LV Neverfull has a clasp, the Goyard doesn’t have anything to keep it closed.
You do have a much larger selection of colors with the Goyard bags, but you pay more for a “special color” too. I prefer the personalization on the Goyard because you can choose how much/how little is done.
The price of this bag in their “classic color”, which is black with brown or black straps, is in line with the LV Neverfull. But there are so many other color options and combinations to choose from and the price of the bag increases when you choose a “special color” (ie: anything other than the black/brown combo).
If you purchase this bag from outside of a state that has a boutique, there is no sales tax charged if you ship the bag home.
You can pay extra to have your tote bag hand painted. It also adds to the time of delivery. Initials are $160, stripes are another $160 and if you do metallic, the price goes up even more. My bag took about 4 weeks from the time I purchased to the time it was delivered at home. I originally thought I wanted to do stripes, but I like the plain initials best on the white tote bag! For those asking, I did tan initials with white shadow.
How is the white holding up?
I ended up getting white because I just loved the look of it, especially for summer. I asked about care for white and the sales associate said baby wipes will wipe pretty much anything right off. She did mention to be careful when wearing jeans, because there is a risk of color transfer with the white. The straps are still the same white as when I got it a month ago – and I’ve worn it everyday since then!
Where to Buy
Goyard is only found at Bergdorfs or Barneys in New York, Neiman Marcus in Chicago or a Goyard Boutique. You can also find gently used on eBay or other sites. My husband surprised me with a trip to LA in March, where we picked out and ordered my bag at the Goyard boutique.