The Goyard Belvedere Bag

Today I thought I’d review one of my favorite cross-body bags which I picked up on my last trip to Paris. Yes, I remember that I said in my 2015 resolutions that there were to be no more bags this year. But I am following the one in one out rule (I have a few gaps after my great closet cleaning)…and anyway, I’ve already broken that rule a few times over. So let’s moveon!

The bag is the Goyard Belvedere PM, which I’ve been trying to find in gray for over a year. Whenever I would go to the San Francisco boutique, they’d never have it in stock (and act like I was a lunatic for even expecting it to be available…where am I, Hermes??). Anyway. Hearing from Alice how much she loved hers just fanned the flames more, and I was happy to finally come across the combinationย at the flagship store in Paris.

Goyard Belvedere Pm

I’m boring because the gray, black, and bright blue are my favorite colors that Goyard does. I especially love how the gray pops against the classic yellow lining.

The inside of the Belvedere PM has an inner zipped pocket (perfect for items like your passport and valuables).

Goyard Belvedere PM Open

Other than that, the bag is pretty much just a large compartment, save for two other slip pockets on the opposite side. I use these for lipsticks, keys, etc. Not big enough for most smartphones.

Goyard Belvedere PM Inside

What is big enough for a smartphone however, is the slip pocket in the bag – it even fits my gigantic iPhone 6 Plus. So convenient.

Goyard Belvedre PM Back

Here’s a little snapshot of what I usually carry around with me in the Belvedereย – some cards/cash, my phone, keys, sunglasses in a soft pouch, and some lipstick/concealer. I could easily fit more, but I like some room to spare for mints, metro tickets, anything else I might need to be carrying that day.

Goyard Belvedere PM What Fits Inside

And of course, shown on yours truly. Please apologize both the poor lighting and wrinkled outfit – I took these right after a quick work trip (where I used the Belvedere exclusively when not lugging my laptop around).

Goyard Belvedere PM Modeled

The strap is almost at it’s longest point here – you could adjust it to be quite a bit shorter and thus a shoulder bag as well, but I wear it almost exclusively cross-body as I intended the Belvedere to be a hands free bag.

In short, the Belvedere PM is the perfect size for travel or tucking into a larger big tote bag for quick errands. I would highly recommend this bag for anyone looking for a small cross-body bag for travel/errands, and who really values both lightness and comfort. The canvas material is a lot lighter than leather, but I still appreciate the leather detailing.

After conversion, this bag was around $1900 before any VAT refund. I’m not sure about the price in the U.S but I would guess it’d be a bit higher. I’d also note that Goyard apparently charges 30% more for bags made out of any color other than their standard black. So yes, I paid 30% more for this bag (painful, and in my mind, a slightly ridiculous rule). But that’s what I get for falling in love with the gray, and vowing not to buy any more black bags.

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  • Kiki
    February 17, 2015 at 5:50 am

    I wasn’t sold on this bag until I saw the interior. Wow! So much room and I love the interior pockets, it seem really useful and not too heavy. Love your blog!

  • Lesley
    February 17, 2015 at 6:05 am

    As usual, *drool* Now, I will have to take a serious look at Goyard when I go to Paris in March. I’m sure the hubs is already rolling his eyes. LOL.

  • alice
    February 17, 2015 at 6:17 am

    Aw love it on you!

    And you still got a great deal. Got mine 2 years ago and still $2340 after taxes for a non-special color. Woof. I need a Paris trip in my life soon. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 4:28 am

      You are the original enabler, thank you!! I always am regretting not buying more on Paris trips, LOL.

  • tata
    February 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

    so jealous.

  • This Gorgeous Life
    February 17, 2015 at 7:28 am

    love love love this purse!

  • Nadine
    February 17, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Gorgeous bag! I bit the bullet and got myself one too.

  • Lani
    February 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Love the shirt and boots! Details please!

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

      Shirt is Ann Taylor and boots are Frye Jackie ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Saci
    February 17, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    great bag ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Thea
    February 17, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    love the bag. I’ve been looking for something like this for awhile. Do you have suggestions for a less spendy alternative?

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

      I’ll think about this! Have you looked at the Longchamp Cuir crossbody?

  • Michelle
    February 17, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    OMG Katherine I LOVE this bag. Have always wanted one and funnily in the grey too! If in future you want to sell it (fat chance I know!!!) please let me know!!!

  • JY
    February 18, 2015 at 11:11 am

    That’s such a gorgeous cross body bag and in such a beautiful neutral! I am on the lookout for one to use when travelling and wondered what you thought about this bag vs the Evelyne?

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 4:26 am

      If you need more space….I’d go for the Evelyne but this one is lighter and more secure. Both are great travel bags!

  • tata
    February 18, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    question… is it a pain to open and close?

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 4:27 am

      Not really…most of the time I just put the straps in through the bottom loop of the clasps only, not both, if that makes sense.

  • Karen
    February 19, 2015 at 7:48 am

    I did see this bag in grey last year in May. I went to SF boutique to get my replacement tote which i did got it in grey as well. I tried it on, liked it but it wasn’t the main reason why I went into the boutique store to began with so I ordered the grey tote instead. But for sure this cute bag is on my shopping list! ๐Ÿ™‚ do you find it too boxy to carry right where it hits your hip?

    • Katherine
      February 20, 2015 at 4:25 am

      No I don’t find it boxy at all! I think you will like it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • J
    February 20, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Love this bag! I think the grey is the best of the Goyard colors (at least that’s my justification for paying the price difference). The corners look pretty rigid – do you find it easy to pack into a larger tote?

    • Katherine
      February 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Hi J! I love the grey too ๐Ÿ™‚ It is fairly rigid – it can’ be “squashed” as easily as say an Hermes Evelyne. I did find it easy to pack into my Garden Party but I stuffed it with as many items as possible to make room when traveling at the airport ๐Ÿ™‚

  • justin
    May 26, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Is this the small or medium size bag? I am looking for the exact same bag but not sure if I should be buying a small or medium. The picture of you wearing it looks rather big to be the small size. Also is the $1900 EUR?

    • Katherine
      May 26, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      It is small…I believe it was USD after the euro conversion but honestly I can’t remember!

  • Lisa
    July 12, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Love it! Very useful review. Could you tell me how long the strap is at its maximum? Thanks xx

  • Elena
    September 1, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    How is the bag holding up after all this time? Are there cracks, and do jean materials rub off on the bag?

    • Katherine
      September 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Doing very well!

  • Anonymous
    September 8, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Thanks !! I ordered one 4 months ago in grey. Still has not arrived yet but I’ve never bought a goyard before. I just hope the craftsman holds up. I always hear terrible things about their totes so I’m hoping this investment piece will last a while

    • Katherine
      September 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      The Belvedere is much more hardy than the totes I think ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mikhael
    November 8, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Hi is there any serial number to this bag? If yes, where is the serial number located? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren
    November 29, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Love your blog!!!!! I love the Belvedere in Gray. I have the Belvedere GM in black on black. I love it, but I find it a bit heavy with my wallet and phone in it. I was considering selling it, but I just love it so much…

    And, yes, I agree. The Belvedere is much hardier than the St. Louis tote. Tho, I love my tote too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you have a marvelous holiday.

    • Katherine
      December 1, 2016 at 11:52 am

      Thank you Lauren! Try the PM, you will like the size I think ๐Ÿ™‚