In a regular column called “Made in France,” we celebrate French craftsmanship and savoir-faire. In the latest feature, we shine the spotlight on Césaire.
Designer Stéphanie Césaire honed her experience with some of the world’s top designers (like Albert Elbaz at Guy Laroche, Karl Lagerfeld, and LVMH) before striking out on her own in 2007 with her Césaire line of handbags and accessories. The idea? To express her own vision of “a woman’s perennial fashion companion.”
These individual pieces showcase authentic French craftsmanship and simple, sensual luxury. Created for everyday wear, Césaire handbags are utterly unique, incorporating sophisticated, natural materials like calf leather, lambskin, buttons made out of horn, and python leather. These couture bags are hand-made in a Parisian workshop that’s specialised in leather production from saddle-making techniques.
For a unique modern accessory that champions traditional values, stop by the first arrondissement boutique at 6 rue Saint Florentin, perfectly situated between the place Vendôme and the Jardin des Tuileries. You can peruse Stéphanie Césaire’s entire collection in a space that’s designed with warm taupe colours and walnut furniture.
We like the Spring-Summer 2015 collection, themed “Ethnic City”. The Bahia clutch—which comes in either patchwork snakeskin or smooth calf leather—is whimsically wrapped or unwrapped with a chunky handle. It’s also possible to order a custom-made bag, to the great envy of all your friends back home.