April 07 2010
Lucia van der Post
Furla is one of those labels that never seems to get the recognition it deserves. An Italian brand best known for its handbags, it has neither the glitz and glamour of a Louis Vuitton, a Gucci or a Prada, nor the low prices of the high-street chains.
Yet while I’ve long thought that it did an honest and sterling job, what has most recently caught my eye is its relatively new men’s range. Furla man, it says, “travels, works and gets around in his own sophisticated and contemporary style”. And so Furla has designed some seriously good-looking travelling pieces at competitive prices.
I like the relaxed look of the Goa range in creased sheepskin and, in particular, a soft holdall (£560; 55cm x 33cm x 28cm), which would make the perfect weekend or overnight bag. Then there’s the Amsterdam collection, which comes in a rich, deep-blue nylon trimmed with coffee straps and bindings: the weekend holdall (£355; 60cm x 33cm x 13cm) is pictured.
As for man bags, it manages to make them so that they look youthful and modern and not pompous or effeminate. I like the one in the Amsterdam range made from the same dark-blue nylon and brown-leather trimmings – a perfect long-distance carrier for passports, scarves and other essentials (£240). Furla also does formal-looking bags, but my eye was caught by those with a more insouciant air.
As well as its flagship store on Regent Street, there are three other Furla shops in London – and you can also buy online.