September 28 2012
The world of… la Contrie
LA CONTRIE, CHIC AND HAND-MADE LEATHER-GOODS.
Using traditional methods and contemporary vision, Edwina de Charette de la Contrie makes timeless leather bags to meet the demand for unique, personal designs away from the dictates of fashion. Made entirely by hand by young artisans in the atelier of the shop, the creations of la Contrie, the name of the founder, all have a modern vintage air sprinkled with Parisian chic and femininity. This is the signature style la Contrie.
“Saint Roch”, “Rohan”, “Valois”…all bags and accessories from the Parisian brand are named after a street in the first arrondissement of Paris. It is necessary in this case to venture towards Place Vendôme and the Tuileries, to find their boutique decorated with wood paneling reminiscent of Haussmannien “point de Hongrie” floors, to find their handbags, shoulder bags, luggage and other bags in marengo calfskin, ostrich or bull, which are – needless to say – precious and exquisite.
Designed for the more patient among us, one must choose one of the six existing models of bags, and then select the size, leather type, one of the 60 available colour tones, the handle, stitching, the location of the initial and then wait eight weeks and wait for the semi-made-to-measure bag. Because ” la Contrie helps its clients experience the bespoke,” as their website says. And for the impatient, some models are available in the shop or on their website.
Not including the limited edition creations such as the blue metro tickets holders that la Contrie designed for the boutique Colette, the card holder for Justin R. Saunders, creator of photo blog www.jjjound.com, or even the black leather umbrella inspired by surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim for the Cabinet of Curiosity of Thomas Erber, available in November. And since September, Edwina has created a new collection for men…but will undoubtedly still be coveted by women too!
11 rue de la Sourdière 75001 Paris
Tel : +33 1 49 27 06 44
From tuesday to saturday 11:00 to 19:00