Bally's Rebirth

Courtesy Bally

The Swiss company builds on its 165-year history. 

Since 1851, Swiss leather-goods house Bally has been known for nearly anonymous luxury—chic and functional bags, shoes, and clothing that are without labels and thoroughly with purpose. With creative director Pablo Coppola and CEO Frédéric de Narp now at the helm, the company has considerable forward motion. There’s the new Rodeo Drive flagship, featuring Coppola’s men’s and women’s collections. (For spring, look for activewear-inspired men’s looks and silk-crepe shirtdresses and tailored caftans for women.) Bally also now has a made-to-order program, offering, say, a $15,000 alligator computer case in deep oxblood. And then there’s what may be the most comfortable lace-up a man could own, the Plas oxfords (pictured), launching this month. Handmade in Caslano, the kangaroo-leather shoes are constructed inside out so you don’t see the stitching at the sole and are mounted on lightweight rubber.