In 2021, Givenchy embarks on a new and exciting chapter for its emblematic Antigona accessories line as Creative Director Matthew M. Williams takes the house’s favorite creation into fresh territory
Williams reinterprets the icon and blends in his love of industrial hardware with Givenchy hallmarks. Named after a passionate and courageous Greek heroine, the Antigona has been given a new, elegant geometry with more generous volumes as well as a modern attitude and a futuristic edge.
Crafted from Box-finish calfskin, the new Antigona salutes its lineage with a scaled-up version of its characteristic pentagonal patch and two signatures—a 4G up front, GIVENCHY lettering in the back—evoking the house’s dual character. Luxurious and distinctive 4G padlocks, custom-designed by Williams for Givenchy, are inspired by the celebrated “love locks” of Paris and present an open invitation to further customize the bag as the wearer wishes.
The new Antigona also received new enhancements such as re-proportioned handles, which are now elongated and anchored lower on the bag’s body to optimize versatility of wear. A roomy central compartment features either a zip or a magnetic closure, both finished with the 4G padlock, while a version of the mini Antigona and the unisex Vertical bag come with removable straps for cross-body wear, in leather or the new G-link chain, respectively.
Williams also brought his visionary aesthetic to the Antigona family’s youngest sibling, the versatile, unisex Antigona Soft bag, and gave it a companion in the form of a sleek shopper tote. Now reconsidered with strong, squared lines, drop-length handles and a 4G padlock, these multi-purpose hybrids make for a sophisticated statement whether in the city or on the road.
Finally, as the most masculine interpretation of the style to date, the designer presents the nonchalant Antigona U crossbody bag, also in Box-finish leather, featuring a deconstructed version of the 4G padlock that gives this accessory a unique, urban attitude. The Antigona family of leather handbags will be available in timeless neutral colors or seasonal shades of pink or red. Meanwhile, classic Antigona styles and sizes, in Box-finish or crocodile-embossed leather, are adorned with the new G-link chain.
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