Leather goods: elegance a la française

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Lancel

Born of a unique and historic expertise and with a reputation that spans the globe, French leather goods have a guaranteed value that reflects the renewed interest in high-end products.

First produced in the last century, the handbag allows women to carry everything they need with them, from the high-fashion item to the everyday necessity. Now a fashion accessory in its own right, the handbag forms the basis of an increasing number of collections, embodying the essence of the French spirit.

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Césaire sac Sellier

"So French"

In terms of bags, this elegance à la française is difficult to pin down. It can be traced to the subtle balance between a timeless style that can be revisited endlessly, and beautiful, long-lasting materials with immaculate finishes. Hand stitching, taught exclusively at the Parisian school of La fabrique, is a crucial part of it. This straight, flat seam, done by hand with two needles, runs along the leather from end to end. The regularity of the stitches gives the leather a traditional, unique feel that is coveted by the most prestigious French luxury brands.

Tradition revisited

French brands are as sought-after abroad as at home. Houses such as Longchamp or La Bagagerie have remained family businesses. The Parisian couture house Christian Dior experienced a renaissance in popularity when one bag, “Le Lady” inspired by Lady Diana in 1996, became a best-selling it-bag sold worldwide. Lancel “Leather goods manufacturer since 1876”, breathes a “French lightness” into its coloured leather bags. The brand’s most recent French muses, Isabelle Adjani and Brigitte Bardot, inspire this fanciful spirit, encapsulating both elegance and irreverence.

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Longchamp

The next generation

Designing bags following the traditional rules has recently come back into vogue. Jérôme Dreyfuss, Stéphane Verdino, Florian Denicourt, Luc Dognin, Stéphane Césaire, amongst others, make a point of defending the artisan roots of leather goods manufacture. Their small-scale collections form part of a new type of contemporary luxury. The revival of “Made in France” – very popular abroad – owes a lot to this generation that is brimming with courage and talent.

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Florian Denicourt