May 2012 price US $2170 (purchased at Goyard San Francisco)
I travel frequently for business and almost always would carry my purse AND a laptop bag. Often times I would force my laptop bag w/ the laptop in my carry-on to avoid checking in my luggage or just the laptop bag and take the laptop out, semi-force it into my purse just when boarding the plane. I'm glad I waited and tried on the Voltaire! This is my best friend during most of my travels now (I carry a soft pouch/clutch inside with my wallet and other items, which I use when I step out and leave my Voltaire behind at the office/hotel). There is a nice, hard (but light) base holder at the bottom to keep its shape. The tote strap doesn't look long, but I am able to comfortably carry it on my shoulder. The shoulder strap comes in very handy as well!
I contacted Goyard because I noticed a big difference between the Voltaire from past years and mine, which is much more structured, and Goyard indeed changed the design:
'As you correctly noticed, Voltaire is from now on designed in a much thicker Goyardine canvas than it usually was. Our skilled Artisans have indeed conceived a specific canvas whose properties allow the tote bag to stay in shape.'