The Ultimate Givenchy Antigona Bag Review
The StoryThe story started with an idea from Givenchy’s creative director Riccardo Tisci. The love that he had for masculine and feminine contrast is visible on the Givenchy Antigona Bag. And it’s truly amazing to see how this bag paved its own way to become the iconic bag in the fashion world. It’s now sitting next to the classic Nightingale Bag and it represents as the next icon of the house. Launched in Fall 2010, The Antigona Bag was destined to become the next ‘IT’ bag as it caught massive attention from the moment it hit the runway. And since that moment, the look of bag never really changed besides a few minor improvement. The name ‘Antigona’ was inspired by Greek mythology. It comes from the word ‘Antigone’, which was a feminine figure with a strong personality. The name means ‘Unbending’ and it was carefully chosen to match the idea behind the bag.
The DesignThe design of the Antigona Bag is mixed with feminine characteristics and masculine detailing. It has the look of a Classic Boston Bag with boxy construction, geometric shape and nice curves. But with sharp details like large modern zipper, exposed stitching, uniquely made metal hooks and leather triangle patch with the house’s signature lettering. These detailing are inspired by the military. The Antigona Bag has the classic look; it’s like the famous Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag but with more boldness and attitude. The hidden beauty is in the geometric shape and the angles of the design. Combined that with the leather and it catches the natural light, which attracts eyes and attention. The side wings give an extra space in the interior and make it simpler to store bigger items like your laptop or documents.
The InteriorThe structure of the interior is quite simple. To begin with, it has one large compartment capable of storing a lot of items. For organizing your essentials, there are two internal pockets and one zipped pocket. The interior is made from cotton canvas lining, which is easy to pull it out to clean and shake the little particles out of the bag.
The SizesThe measurements: Givenchy Antigona Mini Bag: 7.7’ x 8.7’ x 5.3’ (W x H x D) inches Givenchy Antigona Small Bag: 9.4’ x 11’ x 6.5’ (W x H x D) inches Givenchy Antigona Medium Bag: 11.4’ x 13.4’ x 7.5’ (W x H x D) inches Givenchy Antigona Large Bag: 12.5’ x 18’ x 8.5’ (W x H x D) inches When the Givenchy Antigona Bag was launched, there were only two sizes to choose from. It was either the small or the medium size. Later on the house added the large size due to the demand for bigger sizes. The mini size was introduced in the Spring Summer 2014 Collection. But despite of the extra options, the small and the medium sizes remain the best choices. Select the right size really depends on your personal preference as well as interior and the weight of the bag. The first look for the right interior space, if you have the habit of carrying a lot of items on your everyday bag, then the medium size is the best option. Then consider your height versus the size and weight of the bag. Because you might not like the look of the medium bag when you are not that tall. And the weight of the bag might be uncomfortable to carry on your shoulder. Just to give you my personal view; I’m 5’4’ and I choose the medium size because it fits just right. And the interior gives me enough space to store all my essentials. I have read a lot of reviews on the size before I made my purchase and a lot of women choose the medium size too.
From Left To Right: Calfskin, Goatskin, Rubberized Canvas, Nubuck Suede
From Left To Right: Crocodile, Ostrich, Python, Anaconda
Throughout the years, the Antigona Leather selection has been extended from basic leathers to exotic leathers. The basic leathers are calfskin and goatskin, but Givenchy has also released seasonal leathers like rubberized canvas and nubuck suede. The luxury options are crocodile, ostrich, python and anaconda, but these styles depend on the season as well.
Calfskin vs GoatskinThe calfskin and goatskin are also called the ‘classic leathers’ because they are the most favorable choices. These leathers are available in every season and that’s why we will be covering them extensively here. The calfskin leather is quite thin and feels really smooth. The leather is very hard and solid, it can hold shape extremely well. What I like about the calfskin is the shine of the leather that enhanced the details of the geometric shape. The goatskin is pebbled leather and feels luxurious due to its softness. This leather is much more flexible and will get a nice casual slouchy look after long use. However, it’s less shiny than the calfskin leather. The Antigona Bags in calfskin and goatskin are the perfect choices when you don’t want to baby a bag. And if you hate being careful all the time or worrying about scratches, then we have some goods new. These two leathers are built to last-forever, they’re impeccable and extremely durable. They can endure a lot of abuse and they’re scratch-resistance. Even scratching with nails or coat zippers or knocking the bag hard against the door, these leathers will show almost zero visible scratch. Givenchy is definitely the top when it comes to quality and design.
The ColorsFrom black and navy to beautiful pink, we’ve laid down all the essential colors under one umbrella. The hardest part left is which color you should choose. See them all here:
Neutral ColorsThese are considered neutral colors because they’re easy to match with any style in your wardrobe. The Antigona Bag adorned with these safe colors will look fabulous and timeless. They’re perfect shades for an everyday bag. The color black is the most favorite choice among a lot of women and celebrities, and it easy to understand why. This color enhanced the classic design of the Antigona and it’s also easier to clean and maintain. If the black shade is too boring, you can always opt-in for the navy. It has the same darker appeal and it has the same advantage like easy-to-clean and easy-to-match. Navy is interesting especially when you have too many of the same colors in your wardrobe.
Bright ColorsBold colors like red and purple can be worn in all season, but yellow and orange marries better with summer outfits. Some bright colors are only available in certain seasons and but they do look cute on the mini size of the Antigona Bag. If you’re looking for an everyday bag, then the neutral colors would be the best choice, but if you’re looking for an Antigona Bag to match a certain style in your wardrobe, then pick a bright color.
MetallicsGivenchy has also launched shiny metallic colors in gold and rose pink. These colors are not available in every season, but they do like gorgeous and luxurious.
Exotic ChoicesEven tough they come with an higher price-ticket, but the exotic leathers like crocodile and ostrich in bright colors do create and exclusive appeal of luxury.
The Best Youtube ReviewsA video tells more stories than thousands pictures. I have handpicked the best reviews I could find on the Internet and I have watched some of them multiple times. This review video is about the Givenchy Medium Antigona Bag in Goatskin. It also compares the Antigona with the Louis Vuitton Neverfull and the Speedy Bag. The first rumor circulated two months ago that Chanel would increase prices in April 2017 – but that never happened. Should we say that we were lucky? Or did we just dodge one bullet? Well, we have some bad news and good news. Let’s start with the bad news. Chanel has just increased their prices and like always there were no warnings or pre-announcement – they just did it. If you walk into the boutique right now and purchase a handbag, you will be slammed with the new price tag. It’s a punishment for procrastinating an extra day. So the question about Chanel will never be; ‘Will they increase their prices’, but instead it should be: ‘When will they increase?’. But there is good news as well, let’s covered that one.
Which Countries Experienced The Price Increase?We did a research about the prices as soon as we got informed. We compared the prices of different countries to see the effect of this new policy. The biggest question we had was; where did the prices go up and also where did the prices go down? Go down? Yes there is a bag that has a price decrease! Surprised right? This is also a part of the good news, we will let you know more later on Now, let’s answer the burning question of this topic. Which countries are hit by Chanel’s latest policy? Here are the results of the research:
|United States||No Price Increases|
|Europe||Yes, Price Increased|
|United Kingdom||No Price Increase|
|Singapore||No Price Increase|
|Hong Kong||No Price Increase|
|Australia||No Price increase|
|Japan||No Price Increase|
|Canada||No Price increase either|
There you go, so the only place where Chanel did a hike in prices is Europe. Is that good news? Not really, because Europe is big remember? It consists of many well-known countries like France the city of fashion, Italy the city of famous leather craftsmanship and our other favorite travel countries like Spain, Germany and Netherlands. Europe is also a popular place to shop Chanel, especially for tourists. It’s the place where it’s guaranteed that you get an authentic handbag for relatively lower prices than in the US, UK, Asia and other expensive places like Japan and Australia. So the price increase is actually a rip in our heart and especially for those that are addicted to Chanel – now you need to pay more for your medicine. What’s does new prices in Europe mean for you? Let’s answer that question after we show you all the new Chanel retail prices in Europe.
Chanel New Prices In Europe
The Classic Bags
|Chanel Classic Flap Bag||New Prices||Previous Prices|
|Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag (Square) Prices||€2360 euro||€2250 euro|
|Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag||€3990 euro||€4100 euro|
|Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Bag||€4480 euro||€4260 euro|
|Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag||€4990 euro||€4750 euro|
|Chanel Maxi Classic Flap Bag||€5420 euro||€5160 euro|
The Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag Decreased In PriceDid you noticed? If not, then here’s the truth; the price of the Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag actually decreased while all other Classic Bag prices went up. A coincidence? Maybe not, because Chanel might be pushing us to buy more of the Small Classic Flap Bag instead of the other sizes. Or the Small size is not as popular as the others, so the price decreased. But whatever the reason, it’s a bang for your bucks!
The Reissue 2.55 Bags
|Chanel Reissue 2.55 Bag||New Prices||Previous Prices|
|Chanel Reissue 2.55 Size 224 Bag||€3990 euro||€4100 euro|
|Chanel Reissue 2.55 Size 225 Bag||€4480 euro||€4260 euro|
|Chanel Reissue 2.55 Size 226 Bag||€4990 euro||€4750 euro|
|Chanel Reissue 2.55 Size 227 Bag||€5420 euro||€5160 euro|
|Chanel Boy Bag||New Prices||Previous Prices|
|Chanel Small Boy Flap Bag||€3660 euro||€3420 euro|
|Chanel Old Medium Boy Flap Bag||€3980 euro||€3720 euro|
|Chanel New Medium Boy Flap Bag||€4440 euro||€4150 euro|
|Chanel Large Boy Flap Bag||€4760 euro||€4450 euro|
So there you go. Now you know the new retail prices in Europe and you know how much it has been increased versus the previous time as well. Which leads us to the next question. So how steep is the price increase this time?
How Big Is The Impact Of The Price Hike?It’s good to know the numbers. But if you look at it and see that the price of the Small Boy Chanel Flap Bag increased from €3420 to €3660 euro, you might think: ‘hmm, it’s 200 euro, not really big deal’. But the truth unveils when we change the numbers to percentages. Then you will see the full effect of the price increases beyond the curtains. Are you ready to put your Virtual Glasses on to see the truth? Check them out here.
|Chanel Classic Flap Bag||Price Increase in %|
|Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag (Square) Prices||+4.88%|
|Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag||-2.68%|
|Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Bag||+5.16%%|
|Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag||+5.05%|
|Chanel Maxi Classic Flap Bag||+5.04%|
The Chanel Classic Flap Bag has increased by around 5% and so is the Chanel Reissue 2.55 Bag because both bags have the same prices. Now that you know that its around 5% increase, would you think differently? Ask yourself, what could you’ve done with the extra €220 euro? Maybe a new Chanel Wallet that goes with that bag. Or perhaps new Chanel Classic Earrings. Or maybe a new pair of flats? Let’s also take a look at the Boy Bags, shall we?
|Chanel Boy Bag||Price Increase in %|
|Chanel Small Boy Flap Bag||+7.01%|
|Chanel Old Medium Boy Flap Bag||+6.98%|
|Chanel New Medium Boy Flap Bag||+6.98%|
|Chanel Large Boy Flap Bag||+6.96%|
So there you go, the Chanel Boy Bag went up by 7% while the Classic Flap Bags and the Reissue 2.55 Bag increased by 5%+. Should you be happy about it? Not really. Why? Check this out:
|Style||New Price Minus Old Price in Euro|
|Chanel Mini Classic Flap Bag (Square) Prices||€110 euro|
|Chanel Small Classic Flap Bag||-€110 euro|
|Chanel Medium/Large Classic Flap Bag||€220 euro|
|Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag||€240 euro|
|Chanel Maxi Classic Flap Bag||€260 euro|
And now for the boys:
|Style||New Price Minus Old Price in Euro|
|Chanel Small Boy Flap Bag||€240 euro|
|Chanel Old Medium Boy Flap Bag||€260 euro|
|Chanel New Medium Boy Flap Bag||€290 euro|
|Chanel Large Boy Flap Bag||€310 euro|
Here we can make two conclusions: 1). The goal was to increase the prices by €200 – €300 euro and because the Boy Bags were more expensive, the price increase in % was lower, but the effect was the same like the Chanel Classic Flap Bag. 2). The bigger the bag you purchase, the higher the price increase. If today you purchase the Small Boy Flap Bag, you pay €240 euro extra. But if you get the Large Boy Chanel Flap Bag, then you need to pay €310 euro extra, which is 70 euro more price increase than the Small one. Now what could you do with that extra €310 euro? New Chanel Earrings? Wallet? Shoes?
Did Chanel Also Increased The Prices Of The Seasonal Handbags?We’re going to start rolling good news from now on. The recent price rises were only applied to the Classic and Iconic handbags like the Classic Flap Bag, the Reissue 2.55 Bag and the Boy Bags. So when we mention these bags, we mean all the related styles, like the latest Boy Bag with Chain Around design, the Classic Flap Bag in new embroideries or the Reissue 2.55 Bags with Iconic Charms. Chanel has left the seasonal bag prices the same (for now). But you can be certain that they will not take it easy on you when the next collection is released – meaning the next collection will be more expensive. Because we know certain seasonal handbags have become increasingly popular and you might question whether they were increased in prices, we will cover them as well.
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