- Buyer's Guide
8 French Bag Brands You Should Know
If anyone knows how to do chic, it’s the French. But when it comes to carry, form will only get you so far. Elevating beautiful form into carry pieces that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional is where the real skill comes in. And expressing each design with careful craftsmanship and quality materials is what sets them apart. Our favorite French carry brands are no strangers to crafting such pieces, creating carry that will turn heads while serving as a testament to refined, thoughtful design…
Founded in Paris in 1924, LEON FLAM’s heritage is closely connected with travelers, including the brave and adventurous Aéropostale pilots. Inspired by this, the brand offers a range of elegant luggage pieces for modern-day travelers, as well as everyday bags and wallets. Goods are crafted in France and Portugal, with durable materials such as vegetable-tanned leather, canvas and wool felt.
Created by two brothers in 2014, Le Feuillet is an avant-garde brand that aims to merge timeless aesthetics with minimalist design. Inspired by urban architecture and the interaction between man and objects, the brand celebrates leather goods that are pure in function and elegant in form. Pieces are crafted in France with premium French and Italian leathers.
Le Tanneur is a leather goods brand with over a century of history behind it. Founded in 1898, the brand offers a range of carry for men and women including everyday and work bags, small leather goods, and luggage. Pieces are designed to combine quality construction with contemporary elegance, enabling versatile use across a variety of settings.
Named after King Louis XIV, Louis Quatorze was founded in 1980 with the goal of reinterpreting the craftsmanship during Louis XIV’s reign with a modern twist. In 1990 the brand entered the Korean market where it thrived. Now based in South Korea, the brand has enjoyed a revival in European markets including a Paris flagship store, and aims to provide affordable luxury with contemporary designs.
Taking inspiration from the 20th-century industrial era, Bleu de Chauffe’s bags are simple and functional with an understated style that suits work and play environments. Expressed with quality materials such as vegetable-tanned leathers, each piece is crafted by hand and dated and signed by the artisan who made it.
Based in Paris, Les Ateliers Auguste takes inspiration from urban mobility to create carry that is practical in function and pared back in aesthetics. The range includes pieces such as travel bags, tech sleeves, wallets, backpacks and messengers. Handmade in France, their goods feature beautiful materials such as British Millerain waxed cotton canvas and vegetable-tanned leathers.
One of the most aesthetically intriguing carry brands to have emerged in the last decade, côte&ciel merges sophisticated silhouettes with versatile designs that can adapt to changing environments. The brand utilizes a variety of materials across their designs such as leather, waxed canvas and Eco Yarn. French flair fused with functional features makes these pieces stand out from the crowd.
Pure luxury in more ways than one, Bonastre’s bags showcase minimalist forms in premium vegetable-tanned leathers. The contemporary designs are pared back to sleek functionality, crafted by hand, and transition from work to the weekend with ease.