Vogue - India

THE BAG: PEAU DE CHAGRIN
In a world of fast fashion, former fashion publicist Mesh Chhibber and artist Sofie Guerrero realised the need for quality craftsmanship one could hold on to. The result? A collection that comprises just one style—an understated tan handbag based on the vintage doctor’s bag. The anti-It bag, if you may. The concept? Once the run of 100 bags is sold out, you won’t be able to get hold of the style again.

THE INSPIRATION: “Peau de Chagrin is inspired by Honoré de Balzac’s novel of the same name.  It’s a Faustian tale of talent, decadence, debauchery, magic and a prophetic warning against materialism,” Chhibber explains.

THE PROCESS: Each bag is handcrafted by a single master artisan in the Jura Mountains of Switzerland, part of the nation’s “watch valley.” The tan leather exterior is from a Belgian tannery that only works with the vegetable tanning method.

USP: Since they avoid the toxic chrome treating process often used to process leather, the bags are environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.

NEXT UP: Look out for the second product in the range—a limited-edition scarf made and printed in Lyon by a workshop founded in the city in 1890 that uses traditional printing techniques.

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