Valextra continues to forge its way up the handbag rankings, moving past the trendy logo bags and sitting peacefully in between the Chanel’s and Hermes’ of the world. The elegance that is Valextra can be seen in person, as you touch, feel, and carry the handbag. I recently covered the Valextra Babila, but this handbag did not bring enough forward for many of you. Too simple, too plain, not enough attention catching oomph. But the Valextra Boston Bag has all that you need in a classy handbag; it is timeless, chic, sophisticated, supple, logo free, light weight perfection. Yes, perfection.
As soon as I first laid my eyes on the bag, my hands followed. My fingers glided over the simple design, meticulously admiring each and every detail. The stitching, the corners, the leather, the feel. The bag holds its shape, without falling into itself and slumping into oblivion (a problem with a similar shaped bag from LV, the Speedy). The Valextra Boston Bag holds its shape, as if it looks at the world with its head held high, shoulders back, and prim and proper stature. Even upon opening the large zip compartment, the bag refuses to sag away and loose its beautiful structure. The outside of the bag features an snap pocket, for a cell phone or car keys, and the inside features an end to end zip pocket for other goods. Vlad and I had a slight problem with the zipper top closure; the zipper is a tad heavy and it was took a little more effort than I typically expend to open and close the bag. But this was not a problem that turns me off of the bag. In fact, it is the details that lure one in, it is the bags refined beauty that catches your eye, and it is the craftsmanship that keeps you.
Valextra has long been compared to Hermes (we had a great discussion on Valextra vs Hermes on the Purse Forum). It mostly comes down to what you look for and want in a bag. Valextra is still more reasonably priced, and their Boston bag is their staple.
The bag we had the pleasure of reviewing is the Valextra Boston in soft leather, with the Fall 2008 oyster color. The price will be $3,370 and the bag can be purchased at Barney’s NY Valextra boutique (660 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021. 212-833-2583). Also, you can contact Milan’s Valextra store, Via Manzoni 3, 20121 Milano, t: 0039 02 99 78 60 60. I am set on a Boston Bag, totally entralled and captivated, yet I feel myself craving one of the Valextra Crocodile Boston Bags. This I will have to see in person on our next trip to Milan (price around $10,000 for the crocodile Boston).