Philippe Roucou’s minimalist boutique on the trendy rue de Charonne, not far from the Bastille, is one of those rare finds that makes a girl’s heart sing, offering some of the most delectable handbags in Paris. Roucou, who’s been designing high-end bags since the early 1990s, has a spot-on aesthetic that combines style, innovation and just the right amount of sex appeal. His seasonal collections are cut from rare, handpicked skins and range from jewel-like evening bags to sturdy python satchels. This year’s spring/summer offering includes a superb raffia tote with handles and side insets in soft black calfskin that is elegance incarnate. The Isadorable, a tiny black evening bag, bristles with what look like tiny spent bullet casings—sort of like a gilded porcupine. Vintage-inspired bags in supple python or velvety scale-pressed leather sport long, serpentine chain straps and go easily from day to night. Although neutral colors—ivory, black and taupe—usually dominate, Roucou always includes a few daring hues, like citron and fuchsia, that are surprisingly versatile. The boutique also carries beautiful wallets, men’s leather goods and Roucou’s exceptional Polaroid-printed silk scarves.
30 rue de Charonne, 11th, 01.43.38.81.16. website
Originally published in the June 2011 issue of France Today