The first handbag in a new collection by Clare Waight Keller for the Maison Givenchy sports the initials of the house’s historic address on the Avenue George V, number 3.

Echoing the spring-summer 2018 fashion collection, the GV3 embodies the special duality that has always run through Givenchy: polished yet practical, chic yet casual, respectful of the past yet above all attuned to modern life. The “Double G” clasp says it all: two entities interlocked. Two halves of a whole. Modern lines embrace a time-intensive vintage finish.

In keeping with her vision of the Givenchy spirit, Clare Waight Keller created the GV3 as a study in contrasts. A complex three-compartment accordion structure maximizes capacity while minimising volume. Hard frame construction meets soft body — opening up countless potential combinations of leathers, finishes and colors in the process.

Smooth, shiny flat-grained leather mixes with the tactile softness of suede, their colors deepened with a hand-dabbed “Tamponato” finish. S leek kid /goat leather and lambskin are heat-treated separately to display their unique grains. Exotic leathers, such as cat snake (boiga dendrophilia) or black and white modern pythons, are individually dyed and hand-painted to bring out each bag’s individual attitude. Once hand-assembled, every raw seam is hand-painted as a finishing touch.

To optimise versatility, the GV3 pairs a magnetic “kissing” clasp with a lift-up mechanism to enable quick,  single-handed closure, while a chain strap nods simultaneously to the men’s traditional pocket watch chain and to women’s jewelry. With a twin strap in leather, the bag offers four styles of wear: on the arm, shoulder, cross-body or as an evening clutch. As seen on the first look in Clare Waight Keller’s début for Givenchy, the nano bag can also be worn on a belt.

Available in-store at Givenchy Pacific Fair