The house of Givenchy celebrates the Antigona family of bags
This Fall, Givenchy celebrates the 10th anniversary of its iconic Antigona handbag by unveiling the Antigona Soft, a supple, more relaxed version of its elder sister.
Inspired by the heroine of Greek mythology, the now-classic Antigona, which debuted for Fall-Winter 2010, reinterpreted the House’s signature Boston shape and quickly became a House signature. Its architectural, rigid construction featured a tension between feminine and masculine allure — a duality that defines the Givenchy aesthetic. Today, this timeless modern style has grown into a full-fledged collection of accessories for women and men. There’s a clear family resemblance in the Antigona Soft. Like its elder sister, it comes in the same colorways and is embellished with bold zippers and a distinctive pentagonal patch.
Yet the Antigona Soft gamely plays on contradiction. Building on Givenchy duality, it offers a counterpoint to the original Antigona by blending sleek lines with suppleness. To the structured, graphic statement of a classic, the Antigona Soft replies with serene languor. Like a favorite leather coat, the Antigona Soft conveys a versatile, second-skin sensuality. Crafted in smooth calfskin, it tempers the Antigona’s signature architecture with a more fluid, androgynous appeal. Its subtle slouchiness speaks with the quiet confidence of an embrace, contrasting volume with purity of line. Inviting, enveloping straps allow the Antigona Soft to move seamlessly from day bag to weekender. Stylish and down-to-earth, the Antigona Soft comes in medium and large formats, with an ample central compartment featuring dual zip closures with signature bombé zip pulls, an inner pocket for storing cards, side straps with turn-lock fastenings, two top handles, and a removable shoulder strap for versatility of wear. A scaled-down version likewise accommodates all the essentials, with a zipped compartment, a card pocket and an adjustable, removable strap to adapt to three styles of wear. Both the Antigona and the Antigona Soft come in timeless black, white, pearl gray, aubergine and midnight blue as well as a seasonal palette of candy pink, military green and ice blue. Directional variations include styles in vintage leather with hand-placed studs; with embroidered, printed stripes; with a lustrous gradient gold metallic finish on black leather, and a version in woven cord and leather.
Retail prices: from 1,450 euros for the Antigona Soft and from 1,290 euros for the classic Antigona.