So after a long journey of contemplating and shopping I have decided to get the Givenchy Antigona. I was in Berlin and received some bad news. So instead of crying I went ahead and bought a bag to cheer me up. At the KaDeWe they had a my favorite brands, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Givenchy. The first two had the bags I wanted, but I had to have a quick peek if they had the Givenchy Antigona, not only did they have it, it was on SALE!!!
I got the Antigona pony hair tie dye black and red duffle bag in medium. They call it pony hair but it is actually calf hair, so no my little pony drama please! I got the medium because the small was just a little bit too small. You can compare the Antigona medium with a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30, but just a tad bit bigger. Because it has hair on it, you don’t have to spray it, all you need to do is brush it. But do be careful with rubbing (like belts or your body, so how should you wear it… I can imagine you thinking it…), it will leave your bag with bald spots!
The handles are made of calf leather and somewhat delicate I’ve noticed. Because by the time I got off the train in The Netherlands the handles were damaged! And it was my first time using the bag!
I scoured the internet for how to fix it and then I remembered I had a tub of beeswax for leather shoes. I’ve conditioned it with beeswax and it looks a lot better now. The beeswax protects it from water, conditions it and gives it a bit of a sheen. Mind you it may alter lighter colors, do not use it on vachetta leather (untreated leather) if you like them to patena naturally.
I really do like the bag, it holds a lot of stuff. It’s very easy on the eyes and it makes me feel good. Babying a bag isn’t really my thing, when I spend money like this I would like to use it too! I feel like I’ve cheated on Louis Vuitton and that it wasn’t worth it. Maybe it’s just my luck that I got a bad Givenchy Antigona quality bag. Hopefully I will learn to love this bag and it will get a bit stronger, because if not it will not survive my beatings and I will never buy Givenchy again! Their customer service sucks btw, so no use of trying to get help from them.