Women buy bags according to 3 criteria: cheap, fun pieces great for short-term use, slightly pricier seasonal ones that last 1 to 2 years and expensive investment-types that are worthy of being called heirlooms. Men, on the other hand, just buy one they like and use it till the bag falls apart. Literally.
Which brings us to the Loewe Valencia 24HR, a bag that’s built to last and one that actually gets better with age. Crafted with what Loewe calls Valencia, it’s the leather equivalent of Louis Vuitton’s Nomade, which should give you a good idea of how lustrous and supple the leather is. Built as a carry-on/brief/holdall for the busy man on the constant go, the Valencia 24HR isn’t flashy or over-adorned; instead it’s masculine and stark, perfect for the boardroom.
Measuring 42 cm across by 29 cm, the bag has 2 main compartments, one side for the laptop, work documents and the like, the other side built to hold an extra shirt and a couple of ties, along with your toiletries. What’s more incredible is the fact that it is entirely lined with Loewe’s famous Napa, paper thin yet gorgeously luxe.
Available at the new Loewe boutique at Marina Bay Sands, it’s priced at SGD5590; it also comes in a thinner, double-zipped style that retails for SGD4290. Not exactly entry-level, I know, but then again the Valencia 24HR is nothing short of extraordinary. And might I add, built to last.