Since arriving at Louis Vuitton for the Fall 2014 collection, creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has overseen the creation of a handful of new handbag designs the company hopes will attract luxury shoppers who feel ambivalent about the company’s traditional monogram offerings. The Louis Vuitton Dora Bag has been the brand’s marquee satchel, and now it’s getting a slouchier update.

The Louis Vuitton Dora Ultra Soft Bag MM feels more casual than its stiff-sided predecessor; the original Dora was a bag that you’d want to carry into some sort of high-powered business meeting, and this version, especially in lush burgundy leather, is a bag that could do double duty in the office and on the weekends. It’s a bag that reflects how women actually live their lives, which has been one of Ghesquiere’s themes at Vuitton.

The dimensions of the original Dora and the Ultra Soft version are the same (14.2″ W x 9.4″ D x 5.4″ H), and the prices are almost the same: $4,700 for the new, single color soft bag in Taurillon leather, $4,650 for the closest equivalent in the original calfskin. If you’re already paying nearly five grand for a handbag, I’d wager that the extra $50 doesn’t matter.

I’ve always felt somewhat ambivalent about the original Dora, but I loved the Ultra Soft as soon as I laid eyes on it. The Taurillon leather provides the bag with just the right amount of give to make it look like it’s not trying so hard, which is exactly the ease and versatility most customers want in a satchel of this size. It was the perfect tweak to expand the Dora’s potential audience.

If you agree, pick up the bag for $4,700 in either burgundy or bright blue via Louis Vuitton.

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  • Lola

    I absolutely love the Dora bag but i can’t spend that much on a Vuitton bag. It’s a great design and it has a potential to be a classic, thanks to the timeless look but at that price?
    Gucci bags with leather and discreet branding for everyday life are sold below $4700

    Maybe if Nicolas was at Chanel, he could have designed it at this price but it’s too much for Vuitton.

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  • Sandy

    So many new designs at Vuitton….some are less than fantastic. This one is ok….but not at that price point. I would much rather buy the redone Givenchy Nighingale…better bag at a cheaper price if you ask me.

  • Antonia

    I love it but I don’t love the price. It’s totally my style though as I love roomy satchels!!!

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  • TexasST

    I really like this bag but for that price I would rather spend a little more and get a Hermes Victoria II. If the Dora was closer to $3K I might consider it but not for $4700.

  • Irene

    I absolutely love this bag. It is everything I look for in a bag. However, that price tag…? Hell no.
    If it were around 2,000-2,500 then I’d buy it.
    Stop alienating a major portion of the market LV!

  • FashionableLena

    The color is gorgeous. However, I cannot pinpoint what it is about this bag that I don’t like.
    I’ve been vacillating between Gucci and Louis Vuitton for my next big purchase. Gucci is starting to look better and better.

  • Vicky

    I like the original Dora and this one. I think they’re nice. But my first thought of seeing this? Um… This look a bit like Hermes Victoria II that’s been on my wish list for some time.

    • Bir

      Exactly my first reaction this color is stunning and I like it but yes very very Victoria now if the lining is leather not canvas or that horrible man made suede I hate from Vuitton. The. I think I may be heading for a burgundy bag soon as I save up a bit.

  • kkonaroll

    I can just feel that the mens briefcase version of this bag will be along any day now. “fingers crossed”

  • kate

    Thought is was a Victoria II bag at first glance which I prefer over this bag.

  • Sofia

    I really don’t get why LV (and some other designers) are charging so much for handbags. Are materials and labor really getting that expensive? Or is it just to maintain a level of exclusivity?

  • Sparkletastic

    $5k for a bowling bag. Nope.

    • Passerine

      Exactly. Homer Simpson and Dude Lebowski will be carrying this bag before I do!

  • no way

    I agree with the comments below. I won’t spend $4000+ on any LV bag. If I’m going to spend in the $5000 range I’ll buy Chanel or Dior.

    LV is the Costco of luxury brands. I’d spend $2500 – MAX.

  • Some have already noted the similarities with the Hermes Victoria, but I also see shades of the Tod’s D-Styling bag. And that price is ridiculous.

  • Aly

    $4700 for this bag??!? Ridiculous!

  • QueenPosh .

    I think this Dora Soft bag is very beautiful, i love it in this bordeaux red color as well. The grained leather looks lovely too. However i agree with everyone here that the price tag is ridiculously high, but there are a lot of women in this world that are willing to pay.

  • Naleesha

    Tbh I was really excited about Nicolas Ghesquiere’s tenure at Vuitton but I’ve been left missing the Marc Jacobs era since there’s nothing that exciting about Ghesquiere’s collections. The last impressive bag that Louis Vuitton launched (in my opinion) was the Capucines and I’m pretty sure that was launched before Marc Jacobs left. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed but at the moment there’s nothing that I’d be interested in purchasing.

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