Bagaholicboy Profiles #42 – 5 Things You Should Know About Valextra

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bbp4201. In 1937, the Fontana brothers opened their first Valextra shop in the Piazza San Babila, Milan, celebrating their 75th anniversary last year. Maintaining exclusivity, Valextra can only be found in 14 countries worldwide.

02. Known for structured lines and understated quality, Valextra handbags and briefcases are still made in Italy today and have proved to possess enduring appeal through the years.

03. All Valextra bags are lined in a light coloured leather of the highest quality, something that is very rarely seen, thus adding a lusciously luxe feel to each piece.

04. Fans past and present include Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, David Beckham, Grace Kelly, Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes, Sharon Stone, Tyler Brûlé, Wallis Simpson and US First Lady Michelle Obama.

05. Singapore will be joining the ranks of countries with their very own Valextra boutique, the 15th country in the world with the boutique opening end-2013 at Paragon along Orchard Road.

Clockwise from top left: Credit & Business Card Holder, EUR140, Zip Envelope With Motif Detail, EUR185, Elizabeth, POA, Card Holder, EUR195, Isis, POA, 6 Hole Key Holder With Button, EUR135

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Bagaholicboy Muses #465 – A Tale Of Two Cities

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bbm465It has been an epic 10 day trip that saw me flying from Singapore to London and then on to Milan for both S/S15 runway presentations of Burberry and Gucci. And while the experience would not soon be forgotten, what with additional visits to flagship stores, factory tours and even a day spent at the museum, it’s back to reality for me and that means getting back to blogging proper.

Rest assured there will be more posts regarding both brands in the coming weeks, along with what I did in London, Milan and Florence, but for now let’s focus on the bags both luxury houses showed during their respective fashion weeks.

First up, we’ve got Burberry and their two key styles for the season, the Mini Bee inHorseferry check and the Book Cover Print Leather Pouch. The former an inspiration of an archive find, the latter an adaptation of the S/S15 mens collection which saw pieces like the satchels in two sizes and the giant leather notebook covers, both perfectly apt for Spring, what with their bright colours and bold prints.

Besides the fact that you can place your orders online now, the Mini Bee in Horseferrycheck also comes with an additional option of having your initials painted onto the bag, which you can see in detail here. Priced at SGD3595, the bag also comes with slightly longer than normal top handles and a long sling for ease of use. On the other hand, the SGD1925 Book Cover Print Leather Pouch is simply put, just a clutch. Measuring 25 cm by 15 cm, the whole of idea of it, while great with its colours and prints, doesn’t really justify its asking price.

Now on to Gucci. In a runway collection that seems to draw from all the greats of Gucci’s past, the bags are a mash-up of old and new. The one on the top (top right, to be exact), for example, is inspired by a piece that I saw displayed in Museo Gucci in Florence. The thick webbing strap, which founder Guccio Gucci loved as a fan of all things equestrian, is also the sling of choice for all Gucci’s S/S15 bags. Available in 2 sizes and made from the Italian house’s iconic GG monogram canvas to leather and even exotic croc, it’s a style that will do well next season.

Then there’s the continuation of the Jackie Soft collection into the next season, the shoulder bag made more robust with 2 roomy main compartments and 3 generous slip pockets for easy organisation. Topped with the same thick canvas strap that I adore,I’ve currently got my eye on the one in suede, even though as far as our tropical weather is concerned might not be that good an idea.

No word yet on the prices for Gucci’s bags, so expect an update really soon. And thanks again to illustrator JaeSuk Kim for rushing out these beautiful illustrations for me. So tell me, any favourites from either of these 2 brands yet?

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