- Hidden Gems
There are too many reasons for one to love Paris: the architecture, culture, and most of all, the aesthetics. And it’s easy that we become an Emily in Paris if we try too hard — after all, the Parisian style is all about comfort and class instead of brand names and short-lived trends. Come shop handbags with us this week from these niche brands that Parisians actually wear as we roam through the much-loved historical city.
For our readers with a sharp eye for fashion, Polène wouldn’t be too unfamiliar. Founded in 2015, Polène has immediately risen to fame in the fashion world with its quality leather carryalls at affordable price points. Working with various famous French, Italian and Spanish tanneries, the brand creates lasting numbers that serve as your versatile everyday bag. Definitely pay Polène’s flagship store in the 2nd arrondissement a visit while exploring all the thrift stores and cool cafés in the area!
Address: 69 rue de Richelieu 75002 Paris
Léo et Violette
Started in 2013 by a Parisian couple, Léo et Violette is another brand you should watch. Translating elegance and functionality into its leather goods, the house is known for its timeless carryalls made in Italy that would go well with your outfits regardless of seasons and styles. Again, located in the 2nd arrondissement, Léo et Violette guarantees a good shopping experience as you fall in love with the diversified area.
Address: 12 rue Sainte Anne 75001 Paris
Another Parisian brand you should add to your wishlist is RSVP Paris. Born in 2015, the house has since been a fashionista favorite with its simple, versatile design that also places great emphasis on functionality and quality. Hidden among all the hipster hangouts, galleries and museums in the 3rd arrondissement, RSVP Paris is where you want to shop to enrich your collection with the Parisian savoir faire.
Address: 133 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
Born in 2013 in Paris, Sézane is now one of the world’s favorite French brands that creates timeless pieces that outlive trends and seasons. The brand embraces modern femininity and eco-friendly materials in its designs, enriching both your every day and nine-to-five wardrobes. Even though fans can now get Sézane internationally at its stores and retailers, you would want to visit it in the 7th arrondissement, where you find Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay and other important landmarks.
Address: 122 rue du Bac 75007 Paris and at various locations
Le Tanneur inherits its craftsmanship from Medieval Europe. Since 1898, the house has been producing leather bags and accessories that Paris loves and wears daily. A true testament to timelessness and functionality, Le Tanneur is the go-to brand if you are looking for an everyday piece that reminds you of France.
Address: Various locations in France
Goods from Atelier Auguste are accessible luxury pieces that would add personality to your wardrobe. The 2012-founded brand is known for its minimalist, versatile leather bags and accessories, designed in Paris and handmade in Italy, that would make a perfect gift for both him and her. Located near Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square in Paris, Atelier Auguste is a must-go while you immerse in the culturally rich Le Marais.
Address: 8 rue de Turenne 75004 Paris
Founded in 1838, LÉTRANGE brands itself as “heritage with a twist”, as shown by its goods. The family has earned a reputation amongst the French nobility, until Sébastien Létrange, the family’s 7th generation, decided he wants to innovate the brand with Mathias Jaquemet’s insights, which he gained from working at global fashion houses Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior. Today, LÉTRANGE is known for its creative constructions that are finished with quality metal works and smooth leather.
Address: Galeries Lafayette
Started by the sister duo, Soeur is created to encourage all women out there to embrace feminity via its simple yet sleek style. An ethical brand that upholds high standards for its goods, the house maintains long-term relationships with its partners across Europe that help manufacture the brand’s quality goods. The French-designed pieces are the ultimate effortless, elegant wardrobe that every Parisian girl dreams of.
Address: Various locations in France and Europe