10 French Handbags You Need To Know
French bags are, quite simply, the best classic leather bags that can compliment an outfit, which is the reason for this list. From quite well-known brands to brands you might not have heard about yet to brands you might have already seen all over.
Polène is a Parisian leather goods brand founded in 2016 by two brothers and a sister. Inspired by the work of designers such as Madeleine Vionnet, Mariano Fortuny, and Madam Grès, folds were incorporated into the collections, thus enhancing the leather’s malleability and strengthening the sculptural aspect of the designs.
Longchamp, founded in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain, is one of the few French luxury companies that are still family-owned. In the late ’50s, Jean Cassegrain turned his Paris tobacco shop—where he was known to cover his pipes in exquisite leather—into an accessories business. That then led to the creation of more high-quality French leather accessories like wallets, passport covers, and bags for men and women.
Showing true innovation and technique, Longchamp was the first company to create bags out of nylon. Indeed, in 1993, Longchamp launches Le Pliage; an incredibly lightweight and durable bag making it the perfect travel accessory or daily-use bag.
Founded in 2016 by Victoire de Villiers, Louvreuse is a French high-end leather goods brand inspired by art history. The brand offers arty and colorful collections with beautiful materials and noble finishes in an accessible and responsible luxury approach that promotes sustainability. Each handbag is made in their workshops located in the heart of Choletais in the West of France. Composed of carefully selected leather in Italy, some bags require nearly four hours of manufacturing and ninety assembly steps.
4. See By Chloé
Launched in 2001 as the sister label of fashion Chloé, See By Chloé is a somewhat younger interpretation of the main line’s aesthetic. For well over a decade it has continued to produce collections of easy-to-wear pieces that embody an effortless and “I woke up like this” sense of chic.
A.P.C. is a French ready-to-wear brand founded in 1987 by the Tunisian Jewish fashion designer Jean Touitou in Paris and stands for Atelier de Production et de Création. While the French brand first gained renown for its classic jeans in raw denim, the brand now offers a complete collection of women’s clothing and accessories that embodies simple, casual elegance. Jean Touitou always uses both classic and noble materials to offer quality pieces with timeless cuts.
7. Vanessa Bruno
Raised by a Danish mother and a French father, the stylist Vanessa Bruno made the most of her various and precious origins to launch her eponymous brand of ready-to-wear and accessories in 1998. For her, a cotton canvas, a few sequins, and a simple shape were enough to transform an everyday object into a timeless and essential fashion accessory: the iconic Cabas tote.
If you love French-girl style, I’m sure you already know Sézane the French fashion brand created by Morgane Sézalory in 2013. It’s been several years now that Sezane offers a selection of beautiful handbags and small leather goods.
9. Gérard Darel
It was in 1971 that the couple Gérard and Danielle Darel founded the Gérard Darel brand. Talented and passionate, they throw themselves headlong into the manufacture of ready-to-wear and inaugurate 1987, their first shop at 174, Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris.
10. Tila March
Tila March is a French luxury accessory brand well-known for its iconic “Zelig” tote bag. The fashion editor Tamara Taichman originally created the piece for herself to carry throughout Paris Fashion Week. The bag was instantly a great success. This leads to the launch of Tila March, a brand that embraces a multitude of elegant yet practical handbag silhouettes as well as small leather accessories and numerous shoe designs.
These are some of the best French handbag brands out today. If anyone knows how to do chic, it’s the French!
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