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French handbag brand - Longchamp

French handbag brands are world famous. The top brands, Louis Vuitton, Longchamp, Gérard Darel, compete fiercely with many lesser known brands to provide French women the handbags they carry in all circumstances. Visit the top stores of the best handbag designers in Paris. Be a Parisian simply by carrying a French handbag. To complement your handbags, discover the top French fashion brands and their top stores in the world capital of fashion. More facts about French fashion.

French handbags in Paris

Parisians have a reputation for elegance. This reputation is mostly justified and you will see that when you are in the city.

Even when they are dressed casually, women have a distinctive touch that is unique. 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 designers are competing fiercely to provide the best quality and stay at the top of what is fashionable in Paris and the other regions of France.

A few of them, sometimes very old, are world famous thanks to a mix of perfect design, manual assembly of quality materials such as leather and efficient marketing.

Louis Vuitton is synonym worldwide for exclusive and quality French handbags. Their Champs-Elysées store is world famous. Gérard Darel, also present in general fashion, Longchamp, best known for its Le Pliage handbag, are two other famous French handbag brands.

French handbag brands - La Petite Mendigote
French handbag brands - La Petite Mendigote

Top French handbag brands

Lesser known outside of France, La Petite Mendigote, created in the city in 2003, Nat et Ninn, created in the city in 2005, Jerome Dreyfuss, created in Nancy in 1974, are quality and fashionable French brands of handbags.

Discover all these brands during your stay in the city at Paris Department Stores or in their branded stores. The Louis Vuitton store and Longchamp stores are must do.

French stores in Paris

French purse bags in Paris - nat & nin
French handbag brands - nat & nin

Top handbag stores in Paris

The stores of the top six handbag brands:

101, Avenue des Champs-Elysées
Paris 75008 France

41, rue des Francs-Bourgeois
Paris 75004 France

404, rue Saint-Honoré
Paris 75001 France

70, Boulevard Beaumarchais
Paris 75011 France

1, rue des Abbesses
Paris 75018 France

25, rue de Saintonge
Paris 75003 France

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

Top fashion tours in Paris

It is possible to experience a luxury Paris fashion tour escorted by en expert parisian stylist. Discover the chic boutiques under the lovely arcades of Palais-Royal. Explore Rue Saint-Honoré fashion stores, including Ungaro, Balmain, Lanvin, Chloe, Balenciaga, Hermès, and hear stories about Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent.

Visit magnificent Place Vendôme where Boucheron, Cartier or Cleef & Arpels have settled down luxury jewellery stores.

As an alternative, indulge yourself in Paris on a 2-hour private walking shopping tour with a personal shopper. Your fashionista guide will customize the day to fit your wishes, your budget and your style.

Experiment with new cuts, colors and styles, ask questions, receive advice from a professional stylist & personal shopper.

The top fashion tours in Paris.

Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis
Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis

Jacquemus handbags

"My name is Simon Porte Jacquemus, I like blue and white, stripes, sun, fruit, life, poetry, Marseille and the 80s." says the young fashion prodigy, born in Provence, whose spring-summer 2020 parade was widely acclaimed.

Jacquemus is obsessed with clothing as a vehicle of a spirit, that of a different woman in each collection, celebrating life and good humor before anything else. Lauded by Karl Lagerfeld who never missed an opportunity to say the good he thought of him, Jacquemus is also the darling of the stars that matter, starting with Kendall Jenner and Rihanna. Simon Porte Jacquemus is the reinventor of the oversized straw hat and the inventor of thumb bags (Chiquito and Micro Chiquito), the Lilliputian versions of the traditional handbag.

Jacquemus handbags can be found in Galeries Lafayette department stores in Paris. Jacquemus handbags website.

The fashionable Jacquemus handbags
The fashionable Jacquemus handbags

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, Hermès 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
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