Valextra has finessed the art of understated perfection. So what is a house do after outdoing itself time and again? Ultra-edited, streamlined leathers have been the brand’s longstanding bread and butter, but in time for Spring/Summer ‘13, they add a few bells and whistles we heartily approve of. Chain-links and color pops and – what’s this? – a timekeeper!
The popular Isis bags receive a slight cosmetic procedure via shoulder chains, a welcome and youthful addition, if you ask me. In fact, almost all the styles have gotten the same chain boost, from the Disco 75 to the Dada, a bag that’s been molded to resemble dice. But don’t think Valextra would do anything willy-nilly. The new Regina Interlace metal-links(blending their trademark Vs and Xs) are the result of three years of research. Handcrafted using jewelry techniques, these aren’t your ordinary chain-straps. Nor are they in your face shouting, “This is Valextra!” It’s not a brand to tout its own logo, though the travel duffels and roll-on trolley with the abstract V pattern are inconspicuously distinctive.
A last-season collaboration with Jaeger Lecoultre (Valextra designed interchangeable watch straps for the Reverso watch: http://www.gq.com/style/blogs/the-gq-eye/2012/07/watch-of-the-week-valextra-x-jaeger-lecoultre-reverso.html) was a runaway hit, so much so that it’s reaped a wild new idea. They have decided to actually incorporate the watch onto a clutch: BRILLIANT! A major statement-maker, sans gaudiness. The woman who carries Valextra is understands that flaunting is best done discreetly. But that doesn’t mean she can’t have a little fun along the way.
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