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French handbag brand - Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton, Longchamp and Gerard Darel are the most famous French handbag brands. These brands compete fiercely to provide French women the handbags they carry in all circumstances. Visit the top stores of the best designers in Paris.

French handbags in Paris

Paris women have a reputation for elegance. This is justified and you will see that in the city. One of the french attributes of elegance is the handbag women carry in all circumstances.

As most women buy at least a handbag each year, a number of typically french handbag brands are competing fiercely to provide the best quality and stay at the top of what is fashionable in Paris. A few of them are world famous.

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French purse bags in Paris - Pliage - Longchamp
French handbag brands - Pliage - Longchamp

Top French handbag brands

Louis Vuitton is synonym worldwide for exclusive and quality French handbags. Gerard Darel and Longchamp (Pliage handbag) are two other famous French handbag brands.

Lesser known outside of France, La Petite Mendigote, Nat et Ninn, Jerome Dreyfuss are quality and fashionable French brands of handbags. Discover all these brands during your stay in the city at Paris Department Stores or in brand stores.

French stores in Paris

French purse bags in Paris - Chanel
French handbag brands in Paris - Chanel

Top handbag stores in Paris

101, Avenue des Champs Elysees
Paris 75008 France

41, rue des Francs Bourgeois
Paris 75004 France

404, rue Saint Honore
Paris 75001 France

70, Boulevard Beaumarchais
Paris 750011 France

100, rue Veille du Temple
Paris 75003 France

1, rue des Abbesses
Paris 750018 France

25, rue de Saintonge
Paris 75003 France

French purse bags in Paris - Gerard Darel
French handbag brands in Paris - Gerard Darel

Top selling French handbags in USA

America does love French handbags. Best-selling designer purses by U.S. city reveals New Yorkers favor Chanel but for everywhere else, it's Louis Vuitton.

Designer consignment retailer The RealReal used sales data from its top ten biggest-spending cities. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Céline, Hermés and Goyard were the most popular designer handbag brands overall. Five out of these six brands are French. One is Italian.

Louis Vuitton store in New York City
Louis Vuitton store in New York City

Handbag history

Early Europeans used handbags just as we do today, to store personal belongings needed for the day. Clothing had no pockets until the 17th century, so men also carried handbags for things like coins, alms, and relics. It all really started with the reticules, the small drawstring bags carried as a purse by women. The reticules became popular with the advent of Regency fashions in the late 18th century. Previously, women had carried personal belongings in pockets tied around the waist, but the columnar skirts and thin fabrics that had come into style made pockets essentially unusable. In 1841, Yorkshire entrepreneur Samuel Parkinson wanted to treat his wife to a custom-made set of hand luggage. He had noticed that her purse was too small and not made of a sturdy enough material for traveling. So he had leather handbags made for her in varying size for different occasions. London-based luxury leather goods company H. J. Cave & Sons was more than happy to oblige. Mrs. Parkinson owned the world’s first designer handbag. H. J. Cave’s designs are known to have inspired Louis Vuitton (1857) and Guccio Gucci (1910).

Woman carrying a reticule
Woman carrying a reticule
French handbag brand Jerome Dreyfuss
Jerome Dreyfuss handbags
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