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On the Shoulder: Pre-Owned Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

In this week’s On the Shoulder, our handbags expert Reece Morgan tries out a pre-owned Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack in classic monogram canvas from 2007. 

The Montsouris Backpack line, so popular in the early 2000s, is now out of production at Louis Vuitton. The closest current equivalent is probably the Sperone Backpack, which is very similar in shape and function but doesn’t come in a mini size and is only currently made in Damier Canvas. Instead Louis Vuitton now place more emphasis on the Palm Springs collection, which has that back-to-school style we’ve been seeing so much in recent years (our favourite example of this style was actually the subject of our previous On the Shoulder, the Chanel Grafitti Backpack).

The Montsouris line definitely has a slightly more sophisticated and somewhat more elegant appearance than the Palm Springs range, and is perhaps better suited to smarter dress and office attire. We gave one to our handbag guru Reece, who despite being a big fan of monogram canvas, wasn’t convinced by the practicality of the Montsouris Backpack mini. But we asked him to wear it for a week to see if its charms would win him over. 

Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

What first attracted you to the bag?

Well it’s a super-cute Monogram Louis Vuitton Mini Backpack in excellent condition, and it’s at a fair price at £850, when you consider that the current Palm Springs Mini goes for around £1,150.

I’m seeing the mini trend everywhere at the moment so it was about time I got involved. Admittedly I was pleased to get the chance to try before I buy, because I have always found the trend a little off-putting due to the impracticality-to-high price ratio of the bags. It’s a lot of money to spend on such a small bag so it has to pack a lot of cuteness, which, fortunately, this one does in abundance.

Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

Is there anything you’re not too keen on?

I found the closure of the bag to be a little impractical. It was a bit fiddly to unbuckle and untie every time I wanted to check my phone, which is admittedly far too often! In the end I got used to it, giving up on making a pretty bow and settling for a rushed knot, which still looked quite chic and made it easier for me to get in and out.

I was expecting to not be keen on the size of the interior, but I fit an extraordinary amount of daily essentials in it, including cosmetics, fragrance, phone, charger, wallet and even a bottle of water.

Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

How did you feel when you wore it? Was it comfortable?

It’s funny because although the bag is a backpack, I actually very rarely wore it on my back. A lot of the time I held it by the top handle, which I thought looked and worked well, plus it was more comfortable for me as I am used to carrying handle bags. But yes, on the back or one shouldered it’s comfortable, lightweight and doesn’t slip off.

Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

Would you say it was an everyday bag or an occasion bag?

For me, it’s an everyday city bag for shopping, work and lunch. I used it for a casual dinner too, but personally I wouldn’t wear this to a club or many evening venues.

Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

Is there anything you would change about the bag?

The closure. And maybe I’d add an inside zip pocket too, but that’s me just being picky.

Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

Who would you recommend this bag for?

I would recommend it for the more casual-chic type; the kind of person who likes to dress up in jeans and a t-shirt.

Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpack

Did your feelings towards the bag change over the week?

It’s definitely a fun bag and it makes an impression. I had plenty of comments. If you love classic Monogram like I do then you’ll appreciate the quality and style. Although I wasn’t sure at first, I think I’ll definitely be getting myself a mini bag in the near future. This one is on the shortlist!

And finally … Your Scores?

Quality – 9/10

Style – 10/10

Value – 8.5/10

Overall – 8.5/10


For more information, pictures and price visit our Louis Vuitton Mini Montsouris Backpage page.