Alexander McQueen Novak Bag | Iconic Large Red Leather Satchel

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Alexander McQueen took his inspiration for this bag from legendary screen siren, Kim Novak, famous for her smoldering role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Today, you will find this charmer on the arm of contemporary legends like Victoria Beckham. The Novak’s combination of contemporary design and couture craftsmanship have made it an instant classic. Since its debut in 2005, it has become McQueen’s flagship bag, and has spawned dozens of variations in color and fabric. Not since the Hermès Birkin has a handbag risen to such cult status.

This heavily-structured handbag is strong, yet feminine. It manages to appeal to both a retro aesthetic and a futuristic one at the same time. The combination of the sleek bowler design and the front leather strap detail is unusual and striking. The leather flap and toggle clasp are decorative, as well as functional, touches. The 17″ x 12.5″ x 4″ size is great for carrying all the essentials, plus a few extras, without getting weighed down.

The high level of craftsmanship, precise stitching, and attention to detail are extraordinary, and yet, this is still a sturdy bag that can handle the battles of everyday life.  The exterior is made of smooth, stain- and water-resistant leather and the base features four protective metal feet.

Besides this delightful shade of lipstick red, the Novak comes in a range of colors from plum to tartan, and all the basics in between.  Most coveted are the crocodile and ostrich skin Novaks, which are also the most rare.  This is the large-sized, Novak, but it also comes in two smaller versions.  For women who prefer a softer look, there are flower-embossed leather, woven, and crocheted adaptations.

In other words, there is a Novak to fit most any taste, but not necessarily any budget. The Alexander McQueen leather Novak retails for around $900, but the rarer skins, colors, and sizes can push the price well in to the tens of thousands.  The Novak, then, is definitely an investment bag, and a great piece to pass on as an heirloom, for the woman who wants the highest quality mixed with a little dash of McQueen’s trademark edginess.

More Features of the McQueen Novak Satchel

  • Zip top closure
  • Dual rolled leather handles with 5″ drop
  • Internal zip pocket


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