French handbag brands are world famous. The top brands, Louis Vuitton, Longchamp, Gerard 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.
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. Gerard Darel, also present in general fashion, Longchamp, best known for its Le Pliage handbag, are two other famous 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.
The stores of the top six handbag brands:
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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, Celine, Hermes and Goyard were the most popular designer handbag brands overall. Five out of these six brands are French. One is Italian.
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).