The original Galatea is a sculpture of mythical Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion who carved an ivory woman called Galatea which he proceeded to fall in love with and wished she would come to life as a real woman. This is the inspiration behind the Louis Vuitton Mahina Galatea collection. It is to be desired and wished for just like the original Galatea – and it’s difficult not to feel that way once you’ve seen it.
This bag is casual yet classy. It’s soft, slouchy design gives it a very relaxed feel yet there’s no doubt this is a bag that oozes charm and elegance from every part of it.
A double zipper opens into the spacious and soft microfibre lined interior that consists of zipped pockets, as well as patch pockets and a phone pocket. It makes this bag not only elegant on the outside, but extremely convenient to use as well. The metal feet at the base of the bag provide extra protection and peace of mind – but not to the detriment to the design. In fact they compliment it perfectly, particularly in contrast with the fine calfskin leather exterior. The Toron based handle is not only iconic and elegant, but usable and comfortable too.
The patterned leather exterior makes full use of the perforated technique that works so well on this supple leather. The detail on the straps is not to be missed – take a closer look for the subtle yet highly detailed touches. No expense has been spared. Top it off with the golden brass hardware and you have an exquisitely designed bag that would have Pygmalion himself down on his knees.
There are two sizes to choose from in the Louis Vuitton Mahina Galatea – PM and MM. The Mahina Galatea PM is the smaller version in this line up and those who enjoy carrying around more than a few possessions may find it a little too small. That’s where the MM really comes into its own. You can fit a lot in there – more than you would think on first glance. There are three sophisticated colors to select from: Opal (only available in MM), Noir and Grenat.
The Louis Vuitton Mahina Galatea MM retails for approximately $3,600 from Louis Vuitton stores. It’s proving to be an extremely popular seller and stock can be hard to come by – for good reason. The Mahina Galatea MM is another masterpiece from Louis Vuitton.