The celebration is of the first 24-hour bag, dating back to 1954, when it won the Compasso d'Oro design prize. This large rectangular briefcase contains another smaller, slimmer case so that you can leave the large bag in the hotel and take just the thinner case to your meeting. In a bordeaux red shade, it is named simply Compasso d'Oro.
One of the innovative features introduced for the spring/summer 2015 season is a special zip closure that locks the metal pull-tab. Named Pignone, it means that there is no risk of this metal component scratching the lovely leather, and it can be used as a safey lock.
The Forum briefcase has another interesting detail, a handle that can be adjusted from inside the top flap. In addition, it has a removable shoulder strap, and contrasting-colour interiors, so that objects can be placed in the right place for quick and easy organization.
Cabina is a bag specially made for taking on the plane. Differently shaped from most cabin bags, it has the Pignone closing mechanism, and a side zip for easy opening. It was designed to fit all necessary for a short weekend or a business trip, and of course it complies with carry-on luggage regulations.
Shark skin makes an appearance in the Metropoli men’s shoulder tote, in two versions, in grey or royal blue. It is large enough for documents and a laptop, and much more besides.
I particularly liked the backpack named Cortina, spacious, and with a cream canvas lining. Back padding protects the special pocket for an iPad. Its shoulder straps can be adjusted so that it can also be worn as a cross-body bag. Another transformation can be performed by opening it completely: it becomes a sailor bag with internal mesh pockets, ideal for sports use.
Design Director Álvaro González selected a series of colours that reflect the season and men’s preferences: clay, petroleum, pergamena (parchment), havana (brown) and lake green. The collection is based on functionality, and at Valextra, this is translated into great-looking products.