The once little-known brand has hit a cult status amongst handbag aficionados and the expansion of bag offerings for Parisian-based Polène continues. If you don’t know Polène, you’re going to want to. In 2018, I called this a brand to watch, and since that time, Polène has enjoyed a massive surge of popularity.

There are many reasons, one being the designs themselves, but the other main factor is that for the quality of the product and the price, you are getting truly impeccably made bags. The logo, if it is even incorporated, is small and each style is quite organic, many times with different beautiful drapes and pleating techniques. The textured leathers used are incredibly supple while remaining highly durable, and the bags are handcrafted.

Polene Numero Neuf Top

Introducing the Numéro Neuf

This is the Polène Numéro Neuf (number nine), which is a unique take for the brand. You’ll first notice the draping that comes together to form this bag, from the top handle to the body of the bag. Next, you’ll find the attention to detail which can be seen by the meticulous stitches in the bag, forming a nice aesthetic touch (especially where the piece of leather meets on the front center of the bag).

Polene Numero Neuf Top Stiching

This bag is quite feminine and sculptural, while still being practical. The full-grain calfskin doesn’t scratch easily which is always a bonus for me. The interior is lined in 100% tonal cotton and though the leather is substantial in feel, it does not add a lot of heft to the bag itself.

I absolutely love the top handle of the bag, it’s a true art piece when you examine it closely. The handle is actually crafted seamlessly from the main leather panels and its interesting form is created by pleating and stitching of the leather.

The Details That Make the Bag

You’ll find a removable strap, though by now you know I am always team strap for making my bag carrying far easier. The bag closes with a nifty magnetic flap and there is an inner zipped pocket. If you fancy logo-free bags, this bag will receive another check mark, as the Numéro Neuf only has its name on the interior.

Polene Numero Neuf Opened

I have very few complaints about this bag. I am such a big Polène fan girl and have been so delighted to see a brand with a far more accessible price point that still offers an elevated bag. One thing to note is that because of the way the bag’s draped form and its relatively wide handle, getting to the interior might take a little more time or searching when you open the bag.

Still, this bag is such a standout in design and aesthetic, I really love to see the bag world bring us something different. You can purchase the Numéro Neuf for $420 via Polène in 9 colors.

The Smaller Mini and Micro Sizes

If you love the itsy-bitsy micro bag trend, Polène also offers this same bag in the tiny micro size. There isn’t much functionality to it, but that doesn’t stop me from being oddly delighted by the bag itself.

Polene Numero Neuf Micro

Polène Numéro Neuf Micro

It is mastery in form, in that creating a bag in such a tiny shape is quite the feat. While the Micro can fit a mint, a key, and a card, I find the Mini size far more usable while still giving you that compact size that many adore. The Mini Numéro Neuf also comes with a removable and adjustable shoulder strap.

Polene Numero Neuf Mini

Polène Numéro Neuf Mini

Numéro Neuf vs. Mini vs. Micro Size Comparison

The full-sized Numéro Neuf measures 19 X 32 X 16 cm (7.5″ x 12.5″ x 6.3″), the Mini measures 14 x 23,5 x 13,5 cm (5.5″ x 9.25″ x 5.3″), and the Micro measures a tiny 7,5 x 13 x 7cm (3″ x 5.1″ x 2.7″). See a top-down comparison photo below:

Polene Numero Neuf Micro Mini Size Comparison

Polène Numéro Neuf Size Comparison

The Numéro Neuf is available in 9 beautiful shades for all three sizes. The Numéro Neuf Mini is available here for $390 and the Micro version will set you back $170.

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Candee
Candee
1 month ago

Have you ever bought any of their bags? If you did you would know that the quality and craftsmanship is incredible! As far as the price? It can’t be beat! These bags are some of the best on the market. Do your research before calling the brand “useless, junk and crap”.

C D
C D
1 month ago

Useless brand? lol what a bizarre comment. Polene is actually quite well known and very popular with handbag aficionados. I have literally owned hundreds of premier designer bags (incl chanel, lv, gucci, ysl, prada etc), and Polene’s construction is right up there with the best (but at a fraction of the price). I own the neuf in blush and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Marie-Caroline
Marie-Caroline
1 month ago

I see at least 4 of them every day in Paris. PurseForum is a bit late on the Polène trend, but it is a REAL thing here, in France. We love this brand !

Admin
1 month ago

There are plenty of enthusiastic owners over on TPF, the Polène master thread has over 1 million views:

https://forum.purseblog.com/threads/polene-handbags.968366/

I will say that the leather and construction quality are exceptional for the price point.

Kateholli
Kateholli
1 month ago

What’s wrong with you?

Seagreen20
Seagreen20
1 month ago

I carry mine in real life. I have two Neufs & a Huit. Love the quality & the unique designs.

Elena
Elena
1 month ago

This is a really nice alternative to pricier brands for those of us who enjoy elegant and minimalist aesthetics.

Tana
Tana
1 month ago

Hello! I carry it in real life lol. Not this one but Numéro Un and Numéro Sept Haha!

Passerine
Passerine
1 month ago
Reply to  Tana

I enjoy seeing all the Polène models, but I still like the original Numero Un best. (I have two of those — navy blue and trio vert — plus a Numero Deux in the black moc crock and a Numero Six in terre de Sienne). And as was posted above, I have seen their bags many times in Paris, esp the black Numero Un full size.

preppie
preppie
1 month ago

I have several of their bags, including the Neuf, and I wear them alongside my Chanel and Hermes. They are a great contemporary brand.

Antonia
Antonia
1 month ago

Thank you so much for this review and of course the eye candy! I love the green color although it’s now sold out. Your photo’s look amazing. I’ve had so many different designer bags over the years and I’m totally obsessed with my Neuf. I also recently bought a thicker cross body strap for it because the one that comes with it is a bit thin for it’s size and I love it even more now. I actually bought a smaller wallet too so it’s easier to get in and out of the bag. My other wallet was a full sized WOC (from RM) but even though I could get it inside, it was trickier. It’s a breeze now with my smaller wallet. It’s totally worth it!!!

Simbadog8
Simbadog8
1 month ago
Reply to  Antonia

I want my bags to be really functional and struggling with my wallet would be a problem for me.