How do you redefine perfection without a complete overhaul? I bet you didn’t think the answer would be Kevlar! But Valextra is as resourceful and pragmatic as they are obsessive about enduring luxury. Their new collection employs the clever use of Kevlar fabric, a super-durable fiber, on their enduringly timeless shapes. The result is an impeccably fitting, modern twist that does not take away from who the brand is. The pattern has been stitched with their logo, but, of course, it’s done the only way Valextra knows how: with subtlety. If you didn’t notice, that’s the idea; the delicate zigzags are actual Vs, but it’s certainly not any of that in-your-face monogramming we’re used to seeing on luggage.
I’ve always loved their suitcases but the thought of injuring their gorgeous leather had me feeling more than a little trepidation. In Kevlar, problem solved! The Avietta suitcase ($5,580) glides like a dream and can withstand a beating. Its buddy, the east/west tote ($1,980), with an open top and leather lining, is an instant classic. The slightly tapered shape gives the large tote a slimmed-down appeal, while still accommodating major storage. To round out the collection, I must get the cosmetic pouch ($700). Finally, one that can take an everyday beating and still stay pristine. All available at Barneys New York.