A new year always means new things on the handbag front, and a couple days ago we spotted one that really excited us: the Louis Vuitton Neonoe Bag, one of the brand's most popular new designs and a perfect illustration of the strong direction in which the brand is headed, now comes in leather. Epi leather, to be exact, and six colors of it.
The Neonoe has always been geared toward a couple trends that Mansur Gavriel started: first, the trend for minimalist bucket bags, and second, the trend for contrasting, pop-of-color lining. Five of the six Epi colors now available have a different color on the interior, with black being the only shade to go totally monotone.
Measurements for the Epi and monogram Neonoes appear to have been taken differently and I'm not sure which set is accurate, but based on photos, the two bags do appear to be roughly the same size, which is a little more than 10" across. They also have the same interior structure, with a middle zip pocket that divides the main compartment into two equally sized halves. That's a huge help and a smart design feature for a bucket bag, which can otherwise be something of a black hole for your possessions.
Other than the material, the biggest difference between the Epi and monogram Neonoes is in the handle. The Epi features an adjustable shoulder strap just like the monogram has, which can be shortened from shoulder carry or lengthened for crossbody, but it also has a short top handle, should you want to carry the bag in the crook of your arm. Both straps are totally removable, and they can also but attached to the bag simultaneously, which gives carriers a solid set of versatile options.
Because it's made of leather, of course, the Epi Neonoe is also more expensive than the original; this one is priced at $2,080, as opposed to $1,450 for monogram. Four of the six colors are available for purchase on Louis Vuitton's website, but for the black and yellow versions, you'll have to call LV directly, at least for now.