First came Porsche with the release of the Twin. Now Bentley is buckling up for a bumpy ride into the realm of bags. It’s not that the actual design of this collection is necessarily offensive. Actually, if Prada and Louis Vuitton were to have a baby, it would be the Bentley Barnato (above in black), named after Diana Barnato Walker, the first female pilot to break the sound barrier. The curvy shape isn’t half-bad and I like the clean lines, but the logo kills any chance the bag had at good taste. Not to mention its $7,000 sticker price. As for the Continental ($5,500), it’s boring at best.
According to Bentley, the line is inspired by speed. The only sense of speed I’m getting is my urge to hightail far away from bags made by car companies. I have so much to say about this, and unfortunately, not much of it positive. I realize collaborator Vincent du Sartel is a former Louis Vuitton designer, but if it’s a Louis Vuitton bag you’re after, go get one at Louis Vuitton for a fraction of the price. For $7k, you can buy loads of other luxury bags. I mean, with that kind of budget, drop it on Chanel, Hermès, Valextra, anyone! I will give Porsche props for their ingeniously designed expandable handles, but the logo bar is hard on the eyes. Not to mention the oddly stiff structure, which is an awkward contrast to the sexy curves of an actual Porsche. At least they had the decency to price it reasonably, starting at $1,700.
So who’s next? Toyota for a Frugal Snob bag? Just say no, there is no reason to match your bag with your car, even if it is a Bentley. Speaking of which, don’t get me wrong: I would drive a Porsche or ride in a Bentley any day. But that’s just it. I prefer to ride my cars, not carry them. Would you buy any of these bags?