Givenchy 101: The Antigona

The Brand’s Iconic It Bag

As one of the premier luxury brands, it’s no surprise that Givenchy has had several pieces that have made it to “it bag” status. The Antigona is one such bag that has swept through the closets of the fashion elite and dominates the resale market while continuously resurfacing as an investment piece for handbag enthusiasts and collectors.

History

Following the success of the Nightingale, released in 2005, Givenchy was in need of another cult favorite. In 2011, Riccardo Tisci, then creative director, unveiled the simple yet rigid Antigona; a total contrast to the relaxed silhouette of the Nightingale, but no less instantaneously popular.

The Antigona features a zip-closure, two top handles, a shoulder strap, two interior slip pockets, and an interior zip pocket. Several of the first iterations of the Antigona did not have removable shoulder straps; it was later when the hardware was updated that the strap could be removed by aligning breaks in the rings to slip them off.

For Spring 2020, Waight Keller introduced a new silhouette of the Antigona currently referred to as the Antigona Soft. Seemingly melding the elements of the Antigona with the relaxed appearance of the Nightingale, this handbag is slated to capture the hearts of diehard Givenchy addicts.**

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Antigona Sizing Breakdown

The Antigona’s availability of sizes greatly contributes to its popularity. With the three sizes currently available, the Antigona manages to cater to a wide array of clients’ needs.

Mini

Small

Medium

Large
(Discontinued)

The Antigona Collection

To parlay the success of the Antigona, Givenchy capitalized and extended its identifying elements into several other silhouettes. While the original Antigona continues to sell at retail and is the primary shape to be found across the resale market, these versions are sought after since they are no longer produced.

Shopper

Pouch

Beauty Clutch

Envelope Clutch

Crossbody

Side Zip Tote

Materials And Hardware

One of the interesting aspects of the Antigona is its availability of materials. The Antigona is most often seen in the below materials but several patent and Nubuck iterations have surfaced over the years.

Box Calfskin

Glazed Calfskin

Textured Calfskin

Goatskin

Patent

Nubuck

When it comes to the Antigona’s hardware options, Givenchy has kept it simple, sticking with goldtone and silvertone hardware. There is a limited edition Kenya Metal version of the bag that features slightly darker gunmetal hardware.

Special Editions

The Antigona’s popularity has lived long past the reign of Tisci, and Givenchy has availed by expanding the range to include numerous special editions. A few of the more common versions that can be found include:

Tricolor

Crocodile Embossed

Snakeskin

Ostrich

Elaphe

Studded

Kenya Metal

3D Embossed

Python

Brogues

Canvas

Oil Slick Patent

Printed Leather

Woven Detail

Metal Corner Hardware

Pony Hair

Mixed Materials

Contrast Stitching

Rubber Effect

Metallic

**As more information becomes available, this guide will be updated to reflect the inclusion of this model.

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