Bentley Motors recently debuted two new models with lush leather, bespoke craftsmanship, and luxury finishes—this time of the wearable sort. The British carmaker’s new handbag collection reinterprets Bentley’s automobile design concepts for an emerging culture of ‘Bentley Girls’, a reference to the historical Bentley Boys (a group of wealthy motoring enthusiasts affiliated with the brand).
Diana Barnato, considered the first Bentley Girl, serves as the muse for the Barnato handbag. The audacious and glamorous daughter of Woolf Barnato, former chairman and Bentley Boy motorist, was a Red Cross nurse, skilled equestrian, and the first English aviatrix to break the sound barrier. When creating the handbag, designer Daniele Ceccomori aimed to reflect Barnato’s personality in combining style and practicality. Crafted from calfskin and featuring a clutch-style closure, the Barnato incorporates signature Bentley knurling on the square clasp and a quilted interior with multiple compartments.
The Continental handbag closely echoes the aesthetics of the famed Bentley Continental car model. With its zip closure, chrome details, bespoke buckles, and quilted lambskin interior, the Continental is intended to mirror the impression of stepping into a Bentley vehicle. Colour palettes pay homage to classic Continental models: ivory with a burgundy interior (1952 Continental R-Type); dragon red (Continental GT V8); and Cumbrian green (1930 Bentley Blower). Only 270 bags in total have been produced for worldwide distribution (each bag bears a unique identifying number) with 50 coming to North America, available in Toronto at Grand Touring Automobiles.