Back in February of 2016, I purchased the Pochette Metis because there was a huge global shortage of this bag due to all of the hype on social media. What really spurred me onto my wild goose chase was a rumor that Louis Vuitton was going to discontinue this bag. I wasn’t planning to purchase it when I did, but after hearing that, I felt an obsessive urge to get my hands on it.
I called the boutique in San Francisco and they told me that there were no more Pochette Metis handbags left in the country, let alone in our beautiful, sunny California. Reps said they weren’t sure of the rumors, but that they had also heard them as well. There was a waitlist at the SF store, so I asked to be put on that waitlist in January. The following month in February, they sent the bag out to my residence and I was happy as a clam. I guess those rumors couldn’t have been further from the truth because shortly after, Louis Vuitton released the Pochette Metis in Empriente Leather with several different color options, as well as some new and unique canvas versions.
I purchased a vachetta leather treatment that was said to prevent watermarks and applied it before use. I truly think it helped because the vachetta pieces are in very good condition. You do have to re-treat every couple of months, but I haven’t done that so I do have some tiny pinpricks of water marking on the top handle. I do remember that immediately after applying the treatment, I tested it with a drop of water which wiped right off and left no mark whatsoever.
Once I received this bag, it instantly became my everyday, go-to bag. It’s so easy to pair with any outfit and is the perfect size to keep all of your daily essentials such as a wallet, keys, a bit of makeup, mints, eye drops, receipts, etc. It’s actually quite a roomy bag! I wear it everywhere: to the market, out to lunch, to the mall, when running errands, etc. It’s also very versatile because you can wear it cross body, wear it with the strap on one side of your body as a shoulder bag, and you can remove the strap altogether and hold it like a clutch or use the top handle. The strap is also adjustable which makes this bag a wonderful choice for people of all sizes. I wear it cross-body or on my shoulder 90% of the time since I’m a person who prefers being handsfree when out and about, but I really do like the dressier look of it sans strap as well.
The canvas is in perfect condition with no markings or scuffing. There is a tiny bit of wearing where the strap rubs against the glazing on the side of the bag, but it’s really not noticeable unless you look closely. I really love the durability of the canvas bags from LV — you can be so carefree as opposed to when you’re carrying a super delicate bag such as one made from lambskin. (Definitely have been babying my Chanel WOC and Boy).
The canvas is in perfect condition with no markings or scuffing. There is a tiny bit of wearing where the strap rubs against the glazing on the side of the bag, but it’s really not noticeable unless you look closely. I really love the durability of the canvas bags from LV — you can be so carefree as opposed to when you’re carrying a super delicate bag such as one made from lambskin. (I definitely have been babying my Chanel WOC and Boy).
If you’re worried about the vachetta getting marked up, do know that there are vachetta leather treatments out there that will protect it from staining. If you’re nervous about applying product on your bag, you can do what many others out there do and wrap the handle with a small silk scarf, but do note that the rest of the vachetta (on the lock and sides) will patina unevenly from the handle if you do so. I ended up removing my monogram trunks bandeau after a month or so.
Due to the Pochette Metis’ generous, yet compact size, ease of matching with outfits, durability, and versatility, I really recommend this bag to anyone who is on the fence about purchasing it. Once you purchase this bag, I believe you’ll understand why there is such a large fanbase for it.