Coming down the runway at the Fall-Winter 2011 Mens Prada presentation in Milan were these squarish leather cases, which resemble those used by lawyers to hold their papers and documents. An ode to a time when travel was more glamourous, it definitely piqued my interest.
One could use it as a carry-on where even personals like fragile electronics would be safer since the case is hard-sided. There is also something about the angular shape that give it that stylish, almost James Bond edge.
Prada is not alone as far as the such bags are concerned. Victoria Beckham’s S/S11 collection also had one with a similar shape, the main difference being the additional clasp at the front as well as the slightly more rounded shape. Retailing for GBP3250, the Victoria Beckham Structured Leather Travel Bag measures 45 cm by 40 cm, is fully lined in leather on the inside and comes with 4 internal pockets.
Now for the downside. While both pieces from Prada and Victoria Beckham are stylish, how does one carry it from point from point fully loaded without suffering from a sprained arm? Is it really practical or does one just ignore the shortcomings and use an airport push-cart?
They, however, are not alone as far as squarish bags are concerned. Jil Sander’s F/W11 collection will also feature this boxy handbag that simply resembles a box with a handle stuck on. Definitely smaller and more user-friendly than her larger cousins, this is one bag I’ll be keen to check out once it launches later in the year.