Goyard Saint Louis – The Tote of All Totes

The Goyard Saint Louis Tote has been on my shopping list for some time. I purchased one for my sister back in May from Barney’s, but could not come to a decision as to the best size for my personal needs. My sister shared with me how much she enjoyed her PM that adding one to my collection was soon inevitable. The only lingering questions were what size and what color to buy? It was in Paris with the girls when I finally made my decision.

Let’s talk about the sizes of the legendary tote. There is a GM and a PM. In my mind they each have distinctly different purposes.

The Saint Louis is the quintessential “hold everything” tote. It has almost no structure, but its basic silhouette and overall lightness makes it extremely versatile. The canvas material, composed from cotton, hemp, and linen, is waterproof and easily cleaned adding to its durability.

Goyard Saint Louis GM Best Uses:

  • Travel Bag: It can easily store a laptop, another bag and accessories, or clothing items.
  • Beach Bag:  The waterproof material makes the Saint Louis perfect for a beach or pool setting. It can easily fit towels, sandals, and outdoor products.

Goyard Saint Louis PM Best Uses:

  • Everyday Bag: It can easily store a wallet, makeup bags, sunglasses, and keys with a little extra wiggle room.
  • Errand Bag: It can easily hold loose papers or a small notebook along with other daily essentials when you’re on the run.

Goyard Saint Louis PM versus GM


Goyard Saint Louis GM


Goyard Saint Louis PM


Goyard Rue Saint Honoré, Paris

Purchasing my tote from the Goyard mothership made for another extra special shopping memory in Paris. Follow #pursebopgoestoPARIS on IG.

Not to mention the savings buying it in France made it worthwhile to wait for my trip.

Goyard Saint Louis GM

RegionSaint Louis GM
VAT Refund (approx. 10%)- €120
Cost after VAT€1,080
USD Equivalent$1,170

Goyard Saint Louis PM

RegionSaint Louis PM
VAT Refund (approx. 10%)- €104
Cost after VAT€936
USD Equivalent$1,014



I had never seen the beautiful brown exterior packaging. I was only familiar with the yellow dust bag and tissue that came with our Barney’s PM tote for my sister. Snapped a few pictures while packing for my departure from Paris.




In deciding the ideal size for my needs I asked myself :

  • “when would I use this? “,
  • “what type of places would I take it? “,
  • “what would I need to be able to fit into my tote?”

My answers to my questions:

  • I would use it mostly for travel, road trips, likely shorter domestic flights as there is no zip
  • I could see myself taking it to FL, any beach vacation and somehow I envisioned warmer climates.
  • As the tote alone would never be my only handbag for travel, I carefully considered all the sizes of the other bags the tote would need carry.

Taking my Goyard GM tote on her maiden voyage to Washington DC. Accessories for the trip and tote contents: Birkin35, Smal Chanel Boy Bag, Hermes Shawl, New Hermes Leather Beret from the Paris H Sale.

Packing for Washington DC: the tote will make it’s maiden voyage fully loaded with my Lady B Vermillion Birkin (details here), Chanel boy bag (details here), Hermes shawl (details here), leather beret from the Hermes Paris sale (details here).


The birkin35 would be the largest handbag I would need to carry from my collection and it comfortably fits in the GM tote.


The B35 fits very comfortably in the Goyard GM tote.


Close -up of bag details. Hermes Vermillion Birkin35. GHW, Hermes So Black Rodeo Charm, Laduree Large Macaroon Key Charm.

Let’s do some Handbag Math

Goyard Saint Louis GM Price in US: $1,795
Goyard Saint Louis GM Price in Europe: €1,200

Total Price in US: $1,795 + $184 (tax 10.25%) = $1,979 total
Total Price in Europe: €1,200 – €120 (VAT refund 10%) = €1,080 = $1,170 total
What I saved: $1,979 – $1,170 = $809 (~41% savings)


TSA check point, the birkin travels through security safely tucked into my GM tote.


Tote with birkin inside sits comfortably on the rolling carry-on. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport DCA.


Tote sitting safe in the seat in front of me. Chanel boy bag inside the birkin.


Traveling is a breeze with my Goyard Tote.


Traveling with my Hermes Kelly 32 in blue paradis. For full reveal read here.

I think my next visit to France I might pick up the Anjou Reversible Tote in the PM size as a casual daily bag.  I really liked the leather lining, and it was a  fantastic option, but considerably pricier for a bag to  just carry another bag!

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Published: January 30th, 2016
Updated: September 22nd, 2019

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6 Responses to “Goyard Saint Louis – The Tote of All Totes”

  • Loooooved gour Goyard pick!!!! Such a lovely shade of blue!! And it’s size is perfect for traveling! i’m sure if I had one, it would be my number 1 traveling bag ☺️ The Anjou is very tempting too since it’s reversible ? It would be a great addition to your bag collection ?❤️ ?!

  • you seriously bought a $1000 tote bag to carry your $5000 birkin bag?
    the tote looks like it came from Target.
    what a colossal waste of money.

  • Such gorgeous bags. The one problem that I have with Goyard is that it is void of structure. I am a Louie girl and used to at least minimal structure. The Goyard does keep me coming back for another look though.