this is indeed my first piece from Goyard, that other French luggage house established in 1853.
fresh from their rue Saint-Honoré boutique in Paris, i present to you the Ambassade:
as part of their core collection, the Ambassade is their version of the men's soft briefcase. one feature i like about this particular bag is the convenient outside pocket intended to carry your newspapers or magazines for your trip.
available in about a dozen different colourways, i have chosen the standard black with tan trim combo for my first. this rather odd combination takes a moment to get used to, but the highly contrasting tan leather actually echoes the wooden frame & struts used on their old trunks.
i also love their stylized logo of a large G encapsulating the rest of the name. if it was more convenient and budget limits not upheld, i would've requested it painted on the front along with some stripes and maybe even have my initials on the back. i'll just save that for next time ;-)
from their unique "G" zipper pulls to their individually signed hardware, they sure don't spare the details.
the bright interior lining the colour of goldenrod makes it easier to find what you're looking for.
their distinct M.C. Escher-esque pattern is composed of three chevrons, juxtaposed to form the letter Y which first came out in 1892 and evokes not only the name of the Maison itself, but also a tree - symbolizing three centuries of the Goyard family history and their “Compagnon de Rivière” (a centuries-old guild specializing in the transportation of firewood for Paris homes via the river) ancestors.
the difference between Goyard's chevron canvas and Louis Vuitton's monogram canvas lie on how the pattern is produced. Goyard's has a slightly raised pattern of paint dots comprising 3 colours: chocolate, beige and white in this particular colourway; each are applied through a special screen printing technique done by hand which results in a unique pattern where no two are exactly alike. these raised dots are indeed more time-consuming than LV's canvases, which also explains why Goyard bags are a tad more dearer. but the raised dots also make Goyard bags more prone to scuffs and chipping.
incorporated among the chevrons reads "E GOYARD 233 R St HONORE PARIS"; the E refers to Edmond Goyard (1860–1937) the founder François Goyard's (1828–1890) eldest son which also gives honour to Edme Goyard (1801–1879) his grandfather.
im a bit taken by surprise that the shoulder strap is optional (one would have to pay extra for the convenience and you'd be silly not to) and is beautifully packaged in its own box.
this is a totally new experience for me and though slight, there are indeed some differences to what i have been accustomed to. nevertheless, im already thinking of which to get next. =]