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Bags of Style

July 21, 2016
Accessories Retail Roundup

When it comes to accessories, the City of Lights rules supreme. We’ve curated some of Paris’s most tempting boutique openings of the last year – with a focus on the A word – ideal for picking up stylish titbits to take home.

Barcelona boy Isaac Reina’s heavenly handmade leather bags for gals and guys are laid out in an ultra-minimal, white-walled space where his graphic creations take centre stage. A former architecture student, Reina has designed for Hermès and Margiela. Black, tan and brown bags, purses and wallets are subtly chic or live a little with cool-as-ice cobalt or seductive sky-blue.

Le Soulier designer shoe salon at Le Bon Marché cultivates the crème-de-la-crème of designers and small salons, with theatrical displays dedicated to haute couture stars Chanel, Céline, Prada, Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Balenciaga, and Tods. Cinderella’s slipper is so last century!

Young, modern Paris leather goods house Verbreuil's structured sacs, shown off in an elegant jewel-box boutique a sashay from Luxembourg Gardens, are a fresh spin on luxe arm candy. From angled La Gare to boxy Canoun, handbags come in bold hues and exotic skins like python and croc.

Finally, treat yourself to rainbow-coloured handbags and butter-soft calf, alligator, and goatskin gloves by Perrin, a fifth-generation glove-making family. Perrin’s artistic sac selection is one of Paris's most exciting for small bags. Details include sexily shaped bags fitted with bracelets or glove-like handles in leather or metal for easy clutching. Covetable models include fox fur and stingray – team with chic cuffs for instant allure.

Isaac Reina / 12 rue de Thorigny, 3rd / +33 1 42 78 81 95 / 11am-7.30pm Mon-Sat /
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche / 24 rue de Sèvres, 7th / +33 1 44 39 80 00 / 10am-8pm Mon-Wed & Sat, until 9pm Thu-Fri /
Verbreuil / 4 rue de Fleurus, 6th / + 33 1 45 49 22 69 / 11am-6.30pm Mon-Wed, until 7pm Thu-Fri, 1.30pm-6.30pm Sat /
Perrin / 3 rue d’Alger, 1st / +33 1 42 36 53 54 / 10.30am-7pm Mon-Sat /