I was toying with getting a Monogram Noè, but thank goodness I waited. The limited edition Nèo bag is more versatile, measuring in at the manageable size of 11.4" x 10.2" x 7.5" (compared to the 10.2" x 13.4" x 7.5" Noè). It comes with an adjustable shoulder strap that can be shortened to the same tote length as the Noè, or elongated for a cross body option. The top handles are excellent for hand carry or a sling. The classic Monogram is more my speed, too. A shimmering, metallic, Monogram Louis Vuitton bag just might get jacked in the Tenderloin (one of the many shady parts of San Francisco), or dirty. I am also in love with the closure. The Noè is secured with a leather strap that must be tied. The tedious and constant manipulation of the ties can wear down the leather. The Nèo is secured with a rucksack-style drawstring, similar to a bolo tie. It more practical, exclusive, and (dare I say it) masculine (yeah, ok Jerome). And let's not forget the studded feet on the bottom!
Note: A portion of the proceeds made from the bag will go to the White Ribbon Alliance Charity, thanks to Naomi Campbell! I think this is one limited edition piece that I do not mind paying a pretty penny for. After all, the Nèo is rare while my other choice is a classic that I can get some other time. I am not particularly attracted to house monograms, but I think the classic LV is great juxtaposed with the modern shape of the Nèo. It is a perfect sized bag that will surely be a classic in my closet! That is, if I put my name down early enough on the waitlist... fingers crossed and pocketbooks locked!