To begin with, let me state how much I love the 'Alma' design. Perhaps my favorite LV silhouette ever. So imagine how absolutely heartbroken I am when Marc Jacobs decides to take this piece of handbag perfection and throw up all over it. By "throwing up" I mean taking a bunch of concepts, mixing them up with decorative elements from every era known to fashion and plastering them all over this wretched bag.
Let's tackle the 'Alma' bag first. The black color is about the only flattering aspect of the bag. The logo appliqué is covered in gold studs, and the dual zipper pulls are clad in gold plaques. I suppose on its own, the Neo-Alma isn't too offensive. However, this bag has a companion, and that companion is just plain tacky. The removable gold jacquard textile pochette features metallic threading throughout as well as a logo plaque placed squarely on the middle of the front panel. Decorative cone studs adorn the top edges of the bag, and, to top it all off, Jacobs' threw in Chanel-like chain/leather shoulder straps just to squelch any hopes of salvaging this design.
Now onto the absolute worst part of the Louis Vuitton Monogram Double Jeu Neo-Alma. The price for this thing is $4500. Enough said. Simply put, this bag or bags, to be exact, are not worth such an exorbitant price tag. People over at Louis Vuitton need to come to grips with what's going on in the world and re-think their pricing practices. Materials, construction and design should dictate the price of a bag, not the fact that it carries the name "Louis Vuitton". I'd recommend buying a regular 'Alma' in Epi or Vernis leather for $2000-$3000 less, and let this bag fade into oblivion. The Louis Vuitton Monogram Double Jeu Neo-Alma is currently sold out on-line, but you can add your name to the waiting list (!?!) at the Louis Vuitton website.