ESPRIT MALLETIER

11-19-2013

There is a famous saying in French that goes like this: “Bon sang ne saurait mentir”.

This ancient adage originally coined in the 14th century, which might be roughly translated as “Good blood cannot lie”, stands as the Gallic equivalent of “Blood will tell”. Although a bit outdated, it is nevertheless the one expression that comes to mind at the sight of the Saint Martin bag.

On the surface, it looks very much like your ideal handbag with its arresting mix of functionality and casual elegance. A reliable daily routine companion, it features a clever outsized zipper so all your precious belongings are easily reachable; two pockets (one inside, one outside) to keep your smaller items safe and ergonomically perfect hand-rolled leather handles. A true Parisian, it is also a coquettish shape-shifter that lends itself to all circumstances. A feast for the eye, and a strong style statement in vivid colours, it becomes understated and classy in darker shades, whilst its typically Goyard structure -at once flexible and architectural- allows for a variety of ways to wear it. Sported like a shoulder bag for timeless chic, or used as a clutch for a more edgy look, the Saint Martin is versatile at heart.

Yet the truth about the Saint Martin lies elsewhere, and various clues point at its real nature. Whether silver bijouterie, leather inlays and edge pads, or metal beads preventing its base from directly touching dirty or abrasive surfaces, all the typical details involved in the crafting of a Goyard trunk are plain to see. Even the leather closure tab built into the outside pocket imitates the central lock of a traditional trunk. But the mimicry goes even further: its very proportions exactly replicate those of a trunk. In other words, the Saint Martin is not really a handbag, but rather a genuine miniature trunk, designed to revisit and pay tribute to the exceptional Savoir Faire as a trunk maker that is the very essence and core of what Goyard is all about.

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