High Flyer

Back from oblivion, Valextra is poised to draw a new generation of globetrotters

In its prime, valextra LAID claim to a roster of clients that included the most glamorous jet setters in the world. Grace Kelly, Maria Callas and Gianni Agnelli toted the streamlined, masterfully designed luggage. It was the quality and inconspicuous style that set Valextra apart from its logo-ridden competitors of the day. Founded in 1937 by Giovanni Fontana, Valextra boasted handmade bags in evergreen, sleek shapes. Pergamena white became the brand's trademark color after its first set of luggage, made of untreated goat leather, got wet and altered shades. A bit impractical for the average traveler, white reinforced the air of...

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