Louis Vuitton Onthego Tote Review

Currently got your sights set on buying yourself a new Louis? If the Louis Vuitton Onthego has caught your eye, then rest assured that you’re in good company.

Blending plenty of practicality with refined sophistication, the Onthego Tote Bag has quickly become one of Louis Vuitton’s most wanted designer bags of all time, and it’s certainly easy to see why! 

Sure, while it might not yet be one of Louis Vuitton’s “classics” we’re sure that you’ll agree with us when we say that the Onthego has the potential to become an iconic designer bag.

Louis Vuitton Onthego Tote Review

If you’re already familiar with Louis Vuitton bags, then you might have noticed that the Onthego bears a close resemblance to the Sac Plat, which is an archived design that was created in 1968.

However, in order to cater to the modern woman, Louis Vuitton has reimagined the Onthego with a contemporary twist that makes it the perfect bag for everyday life.

From its large size that’s big enough to hold your laptop to the sturdy handles that make carrying it a breeze - the Onthego is a versatile companion that can be dressed up or down.

If you’re currently considering treating yourself to this gorgeous bag, then rest assured that you’ve come to the right place.

To help you make your decision, this article is going to be talking you through the Onthego’s main features, usability, overall value and more, so that you can clearly decide whether the Onthego is the bag that your arm is missing.

So, whenever you’re ready, let’s jump right in.

Louis Vuitton Onthego: Conception

The Onthego was initially designed in one size (GM) and was released for sale to the general public during the summer months of 2019 - so it’s safe to say that the Onthego is still a fairly new bag as far as some of Louis Vuitton’s classics go that have been out for decades.

As we have already touched upon above, the Onthego was initially conceptualized upon drawing heavy inspiration from the iconic Sac Plat (which was created in 1968 and is now an archival design) but was reimagined to align with the needs and requirements of modern, everyday life.

With that being said, it should come as no surprise to hear that the Onethego was an instant hit as soon as it was released on the market.

From its practical style and size which makes the Onthego perfect for everyday life, all the way to its eye-catching colorways that allow you to decide whether you’d like to make a statement or opt for something a little more refined - the Onthego features plenty of versatility that sets it apart from other types of bags currently available to buy.

Not only that, but the Onthego Tote Bag is one of the most popular bags in the world, and is a hit with celebrities, it-girls, and even influencers - so you’ll be in great company if you do decide to treat yourself to this handbag!

Louis Vuitton Onthego: Design

Considering the fact that you’re already on the fence about whether or not to purchase an Onthego, we’re assuming that you already have a pretty good idea of what this bag looks like.

Nevertheless, we still think that it’s a super important consideration to make when deciding whether or not to invest in a designer bag, especially if you’re wanting to get a lot of use out of it. 

Kicking things off, we’re first going to be talking you through the overall design of the Onethego Totes, which we’re sure you’ll agree with us when we say that one of the most standout features of the Onthego Tote Bag is its large, rectangular design!

Sure, while its rectangular style might not be the most unique or statement-making of bags, we actually think that the Onethego offers a refined elegance that will be able to elevate all of your outfits with subtle sophistication.

So, in other words, if you decide to treat yourself to the Onthego, you’ll be able to enjoy the timelessness of this design, use it for a variety of occasions, while also watching its value increase steadily over the years. 

Not only that, but armed with the Onthego, you can also be sure that you’ll have plenty of room to keep all of your essentials (and then some!).

As we have already mentioned above, the Onthego was initially designed in Louis Vuitton’s GM size, however, they have since gone on to introduce the Onthego in their two other sizes, which are MM and PM.

The GM is the largest out of all the three types of sizes that the Onthego comes in, which means that it’s the best option for those who wish to own a large bag for work reasons or even for travel.

On the other hand, the Onthego also comes in MM, which is still relatively large and ideal for keeping a laptop inside, while the PM is the smallest out of the three and better-suited for day trips and special occasions. 

As for the canvas? The Onthego Tote Bag features the iconic reverse pattern that can be seen from handles and the sides, as well as across the entirety of the body.

On the inside of the bag, the Onthego features the distinctive red lining, as well as the same iconic features seen within all Louis Vuitton bags - including a gold-coated clasp to close the bag together.

As a side note, even though the gold clasp is something that is seen in many other Louis Vuitton bags, it might not be an ideal option for those who want the security of a bag that comes with a full-zip closure - which is something that we recommend thinking about before you decide to go ahead with the purchase of this bag - especially if you are planning on keeping valuables inside such as a laptop!

However, even though the clasp can be an issue for some, it is worth keeping in mind that the rigid structure of the Onthego lends an additional level of security that other bags that feature a clasp-closure (such as the Neverfull) do not offer. 

To follow, as we have already mentioned above, the Onthego Tote Bag was initially designed to offer the user plenty of usability, so it should come as no surprise to hear that the Onthego has plenty of storage space.

Regardless of what size of Onthego you decide to purchase, the boxed, rectangular design of this bag offers plenty of room to keep valuables inside, although the number of items that you will be able to fit inside your Onthego Tote Bag will greatly depend on which size that you opt to purchase, which we have already discussed.

Inside the Onthego, you will find a large compartment with one inside pocket with a zip that is ideal for keeping your wallet or small valuables, as well as two additional pockets to keep makeup, a pen, and more. 

Even though the Onthego does not come with any built-in compartments, it is worth keeping in mind that, just like with all other Louis Vuitton bags, you’ll always have the choice to invest in a bag liner that will come with built-in compartments.

However, if you do wish to do this, keep in mind that you will need to buy a liner that does not come directly from Louis Vuitton, as the designer house does not currently offer these.

Nevertheless, bag liners are extremely popular and many Louis Vuitton owners like to use bag liners not only to give their bags structure (particularly with the Neverfulls) but also to give their bag compartments to allow for greater organization. 

Louis Vuitton Onthego: Sizes

As we have already mentioned above, Louis Vuitton initially released the Onthego back in 2019 and was released in one size (GM).

However, since then, Louis Vuitton has gone on to release the Onthego in all of its sizes due to its popularity and demand, which are: GM, MM, and PM.

To help give you a better understanding of which size might be better for you and your needs, check out the following breakdown of each Louis Vuitton size:

Onthego GM: The Onthego GM is the biggest size out of the three types of Onthego, and is the best option for those who are on the search for a large bag that they can use for just about everything!

Though it might not be the best option for those who are on the search for a bag that can be used for cocktail night or for keeping small valuables, the Onthego GM is a sturdy, stylish and versatile bag that can be used as a work bag, travel bag, and even an oversized everyday bag.

It measures approximately 34cm in height and 41cm in height… so it’ll certainly be big enough to keep your laptop, food, notebook, wallet, spare jumper, and much more!

Onthego MM: Next up, we have the Onthego MM, which measures approximately 35cm in length, 14cm in width, and 27cm in height.

Though it might not be as large as the GM, the MM version of the Onthego is a medium-sized tote that is large enough to carry all of your essentials, as well as your laptop.

For this reason, many people tend to opt for the MM as it is still large enough to carry large and small essentials without looking too large. Many people find it to be the happy /medium between the GM and PM. 

Onthego PM:  Currently, the Louis Vuitton Onthego PM is the smallest of all Onthego variations, and it measures 19cm in height, 25cm in length, and 11.5cm in width.

Even though it might seem pretty small from those measurements alone, it’s worth keeping in mind that thanks to the structured design of the Onthego, the PM version is able to fit a lot of essentials inside.

However, it’s important to note that while it might be able to easily fit an iPad, the Onthego PM will not be able to fit a standard laptop - which is something to keep in mind if that is of particular importance to you.

All in all, it’s a great choice for those who are looking for the perfect, everyday tote that will allow for plenty of versatility without being too big. 

Louis Vuitton Onthego: Prices

If you’re planning on treating yourself to the Louis Vuitton Onthego, then you might currently be wondering what it retails at! To give you a better idea of how much you can expect to spend, we’re going to be breaking down the details below.

As a side note, the prices that we share below are at the time of writing and relate to the price it costs to purchase one new. If you are planning on purchasing an Onthego from the secondhand market, then the prices will likely be more affordable than the ones we list below. 

Onthego MM€1,900$2,630
Onthego GM€2,000$2,790
Onthego PM Leather€2,150$2,940
Onthego MM Leather€2,300$3,150
Onthego GM Leather€2,450$,3,350

Is It Worth It?

All in all? If you’re tempted to treat yourself to this bag, then we say go for it! It’s beautiful, sturdy, and set to become a classic - and strikes the perfect balance between luxury and practicality. Thanks for reading, and happy shopping!

Maya Garcia