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Watch: This is how your favourite designer bags are made — from Lady Dior to Boy Chanel

Watch: This is how your favourite designer bags are made — from Lady Dior to Boy Chanel

Savoir-faire

Text: Joan Kong


You know your bags, but do you know how they're made? Season after season, major fashion houses have launched arm candies after arm candies, and regardless whether they make it to the It-status, behind each piece, are a group of skillful artisans who create them with exceptional craftsmanship.

If you're curious to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, below, a guide to the savoir-faire of some of the most popular bags in recent years, from the classic Lady Dior to the Louis Vuitton Pont 9 in alphabetical order.

Bvlgari

Ambush x Bvlgari Bag

Year of launch: August 2020

Background: A collaboration between Bvlgari and Tokyo-based fashion label Ambush.

Fun fact: Ambush's designer, Yoon Ahn, is also the jewellery director at Dior Men.

Chanel

Flap bag

Year of launch: 1955

Background: The flap bag was first introduced by Gabrielle Chanel as the Chanel 2.55, but in 1983, Karl Lagerfeld unveiled an updated design with an interlocking CC clasp instead of the original square twist-lock. The rest is history.

The Boy Chanel bag

Year of launch: 2011

Fun fact: The bag was named after Gabrielle Chanel's first love, Boy Capel.

Gabrielle bag

Year of launch: 2017

Background: The brand's first new bag design since the release of the Boy Chanel six years back, the Gabrielle-named after its founder-is composed of a rigid base and soft body that represent her masculine and feminine style.


Dior

Lady Dior Bag

Year of launch: 1995

Fun fact: The bag was first launched in '94 by then-creative director Gianfranco Ferré as the Chouchou (favourite in English) bag,
Background: The Chouchou was gifted to Princess Diana by the then-First Lady of France in 1995, and the British royal loved it so much that she subsequently ordered one in every colour. The bag was renamed as the Lady Dior to pay tribute to her.

Saddle Bag

Year of launch: 1999

Background: The Saddle bag became an overnight success after then-creative director John Galliano introduced it in his Spring/Summer 2000 collection. Fast forward 19 years later, after stars including Beyoncé and CL made waves for toting their vintage pieces the past few years, Maria Grazia Chiuri brought back the iconic silhouette in its AW18 line.

Fun fact: The sales of the bag shot up when Jessica Parker's character Carrie Bradshaw carried it in Sex and the City

Book Tote

Year of launch: 2018

Background: The design was inspired by a drawing made by designer Marc Bohan in 1967. Simple yet polished, the bag has quickly rose to become one of the Maison's best-sellers.

30 Montaigne Bag

Year of launch: 2019

Background: Named after Dior's historic Paris address, the bag's focal point is the hand-sculpted 'CD' logo.

Bobby bag

Year of launch: 2020

Background: Dior's latest bag is named after Monsieur Dior's loyal pet dog, Bobby. Introduced in a half-moon shape, the carrier is a modern take on a hobo bag.

Dolce & Gabbana

Devotion Bag

Year of launch: 2018

Background: The bag features a distinctive heart clasp that is made with the same techniques used by artisan jewellers.

Fun fact: First unveiled during Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2018, the bags were sent down the runway with drones.

Fendi

Peekaboo bag

Year of launch: 2009

Background: Named after the hide-and-seek game, the bag is well-loved for its drapey silhouette that reveals the interior when unfastened.

Givenchy

Mystic bag

Year of launch: 2019

Background: Introduced by then-creative director Clare Waight Keller in her Pre-Fall 2019 collection, the bag strikes the right balance between soft and sculptural, and it exudes sophistication with a sense of ease.

Antigona Soft bag

Year of launch: 2020

Background: The classic Antigona has been given a fresh update this year with a slouchier silhouette in conjunction with its 10th anniversary.

Loewe

Puzzle bag

Year of launch: 2015

Background: First launched in the Men's collection, the bag features an origami-inspired silhouette that allows it to be worn five different ways-slung across the body, on the shoulder, as a backpack, as a sidepack, and as a clutch.

Hammock bag

Year of launch: 2016

Background: When it comes to versatility, the Hammock bags embodies that quality like no other. The shape expands when the zips are unfastened, and it can be worn three ways.

Gate bag

Year of launch: 2018

Background: The Gate is creative director Jonathan Anderson's take on a classic saddle bag.

Balloon bag

Year of launch: 2020

Background: Loewe's latest bag is the Balloon which pays homage to the Spanish fashion house's "longstanding expertise in leatherwork".

Louis Vuitton

Pont 9 bag

Year of launch: 2020

Background: The French fashion house has launched many It-bags throughout the decades, and its latest features the LV Circle-a logo that dates back to the 1930s.

Michael Kors

MKC Monogramme bag

Year of launch: 2020

Background: Crafted in Florence, Italy, the Monogramme bag takes up to 11 hours to make. 
Fun fact: The logo was sketched by the designer back in high school.

Prada

Panier bag

Year of launch: 2018

Background: Sleek yet roomy, the tote bag is crafted in the brand's signature Saffiano leather, and it's finished off with a (detachable) single handle.

Versace

Palazzo Empire bag

Year of launch: 2016

Background: The bag highlights the brand's iconic Medusa hardware, and it's crafted with the modern women in mind.

Virtus bag

Year of launch: 2019

Background: The distinctive gold 'V' hardware on the flap is embellished with acanthus leaves-the same details that can be found on Versace's iconic Barocco print.

This story was first published on Buro. Malaysia.

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