Alexander Wang Neoprene and Resin Rocco, $770 via Alexander Wang
Anyone who’s ever picked up an Alexander Wang Rocco Bag knows one thing for sure – IT’S HEAVY. As tempting as the bag might be for a certain subset of customers, weight is always a surefire way to dissuade a large portion of handbag lovers from considering a particular design as a viable option. It looks like Alexander Wang has heard that message loud and clear, because he’s promising that the Alexander Wang Neoprene and Resin Rocco is the lightest version of the bag yet. So how exactly did he accomplish that?
Instead of using the thick (read: heavy) leather that we’re all accustomed to finding on the Rocco, Wang used a thinner, lighter leather backed with neoprene, which weighs next to nothing but still gives the bag its signature visual heft. Wang also changed the material for the signature sheet of studs on the bag’s underside – using resin instead of metal also cuts down on the weight without losing the look.
The neoprene backing on the leather appears to give the bag a tad more structure than the original Rocco, but neoprene is pliable and soft, so I’m guessing that a minimal amount of wear will reintroduce the bag’s signature slouch (and the structure may be a result of an overstuffed bag used for the stock photo anyway). Are you over the Rocco entirely, or is this new version giving you pause to reconsider the Alexander Wang staple? Price is $770 via Alexander Wang.