I have a self-imposed one really nice bag a year limit. After much consideration, for my fiscal year 2014 (July – June 2014), I decided to get the Givenchy Antigona. The bag was to reward and celebrate the end of a few months of painful recruiting for my next job.
I have been eyeing the Givenchy Antigona for months prior to the purchase and researched as much as possible. There are many more reviews and videos on the bag now versus a year ago. However, I would like to share with you my honest thoughts and opinions on the bag. If anyone is considering this bag, I hope you will find this review helpful!
Overall, I think the bag is sharp and sleek. The Antigona has a classic shape, similar to the well-known LV Speedy but with more attitude. When I see the bag, it reminds me of artistic geometry. The Antigona uses geometric shapes, curves and angles with the leather combo to catch the natural light and draws attention to the bag. To me, the Antigona gives off the aurora of independence, intelligence and no-time-for-nonsense.
Antigona Sizes & Current Prices
(Note: dimensions based on Saks Fifth Avenue and prices reflect solid color bags in the U.S. as of May 2015)
I purchased the small Antigona in the calf skin leather. Last year, only small and medium were available and the medium was too large on my 5’2” frame. I think the mini (new size) is really cute but if I had to repurchase again, I would still stick to the small.
Consider Buying From European Retailers to Save Money!
(Please skip if you want to read the review only)
This might be the most useful information so I will share my thoughts on purchasing from European retailers before the actual bag review. I purchased my Antigona from Harrods, which is a British equivalent of Saks Fifth Avenue (see Antigona bag here). The bag from Harrods cost $1,600, which included 25 pounds of international shipping fee. Then I had to pay a customs fee of $150 on DHL’s website before the product could be delivered. This brings the total to $1,800. The bag is retailing for $2,095 in the U.S. plus a 8.75% sales tax in New York City would bring the total price to $2,278. So I was able to save over $400 by purchasing it from a European retailer.
By purchasing from a European retailer, none E.U. residents are able to deduct the VAT (value added taxes) from the price of the product. You can see the deductions right in your cart online. Although, you don’t have to pay the sales tax, the import duty basically cancels it out.