Louis Vuitton is well known for using some of the finest materials and craftsmanship to create their designer bags. The key materials they use to produce their range of iconic bags are coated canvas, leather, and exotic skins. The hardware of the bags will be made from brass or gold.
What a Louis Vuitton bag is made from varies from handbag style to style. For example, classic bags such as the Neverfull and Speedy are mostly made from coated canvas, but full leather options such as full EPI leather are generally available too.
Gucci is one of the hottest names in luxury fashion. Combining its classical roots with contemporary, attention-grabbing styles, Gucci never fails to make a statement.
Many of our favorite Gucci products, from their iconic belts to their staple handbags are not made out of canvas, however. Many vintage Gucci products were constructed with pigskin, calf and exotic leathers imported from different parts of the world. Today's Gucci leather is the ultra-luxurious Guccissima leather, meaning “the most Gucci” in Italian. It was introduced in 2006 by then Creative Director Frida Giannini. It features a crisp embossed interlocking GG logo pattern similar to that found on many of Gucci’s canvas products, and is a key identifying feature when authenticating Guccissima bags and belts.
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Chanel purses are considered some of the most luxurious in the handbag market. Authentic Chanel purses are either made from lambskin or caviar leather (made from calfskin).
All authentic Chanel purses have a high stitch count (more than ten stitches per inch) for durability and added value.
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Prada began as a high-end leather shop in Milan. It was founded by two brothers and originally named Fratelli Prada (Brothers Prada). The brothers did not believe that women should be involved in business, but their sons did not show any interest in the family business.
When the original founders died, their two daughters, Luisa and Nanda, stepped in to take it over. Under their leadership, the Prada brand gained even more fame as a top-quality leather house.
Luisa’s daughter Miuccia inherited the company in 1978 and began its transformation to a major luxury brand.
Prada bags are known to be well-made and people who buy them say that they last for years. Prada uses soft, high-quality leather and tough, durable synthetics. A Prada bag is unlikely to go out of fashion.
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Founded by Adele and Edoardo Fendi in Rome in 1925, over the years FENDI has emerged as a Maison renowned for its craftsmanship and innovation deeply linked to its Roman roots.
Today, more than 90 years later, FENDI is synonymous with tradition, experimentation and daring creativity.
Yves Saint Laurent
Founded in 1961, Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most prominent fashion houses of the 20th century. Originally a House of Haute Couture, Yves Saint Laurent revolutionized the way fashion and society merge and interact in 1966 with the introduction of high-end made clothes produced on a larger scale than the exclusive collections.
Since its inception, Yves Saint Laurent has held influence both inside and outside the fashion industry. Over the years, its founder, the couturier Yves Saint Laurent secured a reputation as one of the 20th century’s foremost designers and personalities.
Spanish brand Balenciaga was established in the Basque Country in Spain before relocating to France and opening a boutique store in Paris in 1937 as a result of the Spanish Civil War.
Balenciaga used sleek and linear lines in the post-war era that deviated from Christian Dior’s hourglass shape popularized at the time.
He revolutionized women’s fashion in the 1950s, and by the 1960s had developed trademark styles such as the collar deviating from the collar bone, and the “bracelet sleeves.”
Balenciaga was acquired by multinational French company Kering in 2001 – who own Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Alexander McQueen among others – and was pegged as the company’s fastest growing brand in 2018.
Valentino Garavani is the collection dedicated to accessories. Bags, shoes, small leather goods, belts, bijoux for women and men encounter the essential characteristics of Valentino’s fashion with an aesthetic and contemporary vision, conveying the handmade details, typical of Haute Couture and the elements of high craftsmanship.
Leather, a precious material
Bag, saddle, gloves, shoes, belt… These Hermès objects could not be made without leather. But this precious raw material is not always used in its entirety. The house’s craftsmen and designers have therefore devised new solutions to reduce and recycle offcuts.
When the skins arrive in the workshops, they are carefully examined and sorted. Their grain and colour will coexist within the object, define its daily use, and inspire a desire to adopt it for life. When the cutting stage is reached, all optimisation techniques are implemented to minimize waste, in keeping with artisanal best practice. It is nonetheless impossible to eliminate it altogether. So what happens to these remnants? They are the stuff of ideas!
Chloe' uses lower impact materials that are split into three main categories:
Organic: organic materials involve better land management practices, respect for animal welfare, elimination of herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilizers, reduction of water consumption, and restricted use of chemicals. The outcome is fields that are healthier for farmers, wildlife and surrounding communities.
Recycled: recycled materials keep their inherent quality with a reduced environmental impact, as they enable us to extend the lifespan of fabrics that have already been produced.
Deadstock: leftover materials are transformed into new products to decrease the production of new materials while lowering our environmental footprint. Using deadstock is our favorite option, since reusing existing materials is invariably more sustainable than spending resources producing new ones.
At Chloé, joined the Leather Working Group in 2017 to support more sustainable leather manufacturing. The Leather Working Group is an international organization made up of stakeholders across the leather supply chain, working to promote environmental best practice within leather manufacturing and related industries.
BRANDS WE FAVOR
• Louis Vuitton • Gucci • Chanel
• Saint Laurent • Prada • Chloe’
• Hermes • Fendi • Balenciaga
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• New Arrivals
• Designer handbags
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• Totes • Satchels • Shoulder Bags
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