Here is the list of my favorite French handbag brands! If anyone knows how to do chic, it’s the French. Maybe because they master the basics when it comes to essential staples in their wardrobe, or maybe it’s the bags they carry? So, if you love French-girl style, you cannot miss this article!
Indeed, in this article, I wanted to dive a little bit more into the world of French handbags. And as I’m French, it was quite easy for me to list my favorite French bag brands that I love to wear. From quite well-known brands to brands you might not have heard about yet to brands you might have already seen all over Instagram, here are the best mid-range French handbag brands to shop right now! Keep scrolling to see and shop my edit of the ten best French handbag brands.
10 Best French Handbag Brands To Shop
Polène is a Parisian leather goods brand founded in 2016 by two brothers and a sister. Inspired by the work of designers such as Madeleine Vionnet, Mariano Fortuny, and Madam Grès, folds were incorporated into the collections, thus enhancing the leather’s malleability and strengthening the sculptural aspect of the designs.
The brothers’ expert knowledge and passion for quality pushed them to use the best hand-made artisan production in Spain. Polène works with famous French, Italian and Spanish tanneries who have been supplying for several decades the most regarded names in leather goods.
Longchamp, founded in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain, is one of the few French luxury companies that are still family-owned. In the late ’50s, Jean Cassegrain turned his Paris tobacco shop—where he was known to cover his pipes in an exquisite leather—into an accessories business. That then led to the creation of more high-quality French leather accessories like wallets, passport covers, and bags for men and women.
Showing true innovation and technique, Longchamp was the first company to create bags out of nylon. Indeed, in 1993, Longchamp launches Le Pliage; an incredibly lightweight and durable bag making it the perfect travel accessory or daily-use bag. In France, this bag is the number one best selling bag among women of all ages.
Founded in 2016 by Victoire de Villiers, Louvreuse is a French high-end leather goods brand inspired by art history. The brand offers arty and colorful collections with beautiful materials and noble finishes in an accessible and responsible luxury approach that promotes sustainability. Each handbag is made in their workshops located in the heart of Choletais in the West of France. Composed of carefully selected leather in Italy, some bags require nearly four hours of manufacturing and ninety assembly steps. The brand offers also a personalization service by hand and tailor-made on all its leather accessories.
4. See By Chloé
Launched in 2001 as the sister label of fashion Chloé, See By Chloé is a somewhat younger interpretation of the main line’s aesthetic. For well over a decade it has continued to produce collections of easy-to-wear pieces that embody an effortless and “I woke up like this” sense of chic.
5. Le Tanneur
In 1898, Sir Bonnardel, a creative craftsman, and Sir Bornex, an outstanding tanner come together to establish a new leather goods company: Le Tanneur. The first creation of the brand nicknamed “Le Sans couture” wins the silver prize in 1900 at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. Still manufactured today Le Sans couture has become the icon bag of the House. Nowadays, the French bag brand is well-known worldwide and counts more than 60 points of sales in the world.
A.P.C. is a French ready-to-wear brand founded in 1987 by the Tunisian Jewish fashion designer Jean Touitou in Paris and which stands for Atelier de Production et de Création. While the French brand first gained renown for its classic jeans in raw denim, the brand now offers a complete collection of women’s clothing and accessories that embodies simple, casual elegance. Jean Touitou always uses both classic and noble materials to offer quality pieces with timeless cuts. My favorite bags from A.P.C. are the Albane cross-body bag and the Demi-Lune bag. You can shop their bags here at MachesFashion or at Farfetch.
7. Vanessa Bruno
Raised by a Danish mother and a French father, the stylist Vanessa Bruno made the most of her various and precious origins to launch her eponymous brand of ready-to-wear and accessories in 1998. For her, a cotton canvas, a few sequins, and a simple shape were enough to transform an everyday object into a timeless and essential fashion accessory: the iconic Cabas tote. She imagined a bag that would accompany her throughout her daily busy life, something practical yet elegant.
If you love French-girl style, I’m sure you already know Sézane the French fashion brand created by Morgane Sézalory in 2013. It’s been several years now that Sezane offers a selection of beautiful handbags and small leather goods. My favorite ones from the brand are the Farrow bag and the Quilted Victor bag.
9. Gérard Darel
It was in 1971 that the couple Gérard and Danielle Darel founded the Gérard Darel brand. Talented and passionate, they throw themselves headlong into the manufacture of ready-to-wear and inaugurate in 1987, their first shop at 174, Boulevard Saint-Germain in Paris.
But the success of the brand will take an international dimension in 1996 when Gérard Darel buys at auction the famous necklace of black glass pearls that Jackie Kennedy wore during the advertisement of her husband John Fitzgerald Kennedy. The creator will then have a genius idea by republishing it in several colors. Success is at the rendezvous, and the Americans discover this little Frenchman who is interested in their culture.
In 2003, the brand created the “24 hours” bag. The success was immediate for this model which is today an iconic handbag.
10. Tila March
Tila March is a French luxury accessory brand well-known for its iconic “Zelig” tote bag. The fashion editor Tamara Taichman originally created the piece for herself to carry throughout Paris Fashion Week. The bag was instantly a great success. This leads to the launch of Tila March, a brand that embraces a multitude of elegant yet practical handbag silhouettes as well as small leather accessories and numerous shoe designs.
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Bonjour! I’m Leonce, I’m French and I’m a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam (I previously lived in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Ile-Saint-Louis). I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. Because I truly believe you don’t have to be French or to live in France to experience the French art de vivre, Leonce Chenal is a French digital magazine to help you live your French life, wherever you are. Enjoy <3