Hermes is a great company with excellent quality, however, Valextra is one of its own. The company started in 1937 by Giavanni Fontana with a primary line of leather luggage. They won the coveted "Golden Compass" award in 1954 for their "24 hour" bag, which later became a permenant piece in the MoMa in New York City. The company started to reintroduce themselves about 3 years ago, and actually brought the original craftsman out of retirement. This company is dedicated to quality. Each piece is handcrafted from start to finish by one set of hands. The attention to detail in unbelievable. My husband and I personally own several pieces and it is fantastic merchandise. I always choose my Valextra over my Chanel, Gucci, or Hermes.Does anyone know anything about the old "Italian Hermes" brand Valextra, that's been recently revived? Here are a couple of photos I found online.