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13 June
Savoir Faire

See the savoir-faire behind J’Adior heels, in video!

13 June
Savoir Faire

The know-how behind the J’Adior pumps

The J’Adior pumps have been revisited this season for Maria Grazia Chiuri's Fall 2019 collection.

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A white ribbon embroidered with the emblematic "J’Adior" embellishes, like a graphic trim, the topline of these black pumps. Requiring more than 9 hours of meticulous craftsmanship, the shoes are cut from a single piece and embroidered with 230,000 stitches that re-create the texture of grosgrain. This exceptional exercise is but one expression of the couture savoir-faire in Dior's ateliers.

18 April
Savoir Faire

The savoir-faire behind Dior Grand Soir Reine des Abeilles n°10

The Dior Grand Soir collection welcomes a new series honoring the bee, the queen of the gardens Christian Dior so loved. Discover its savoir-faire.

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The bee, one of the codes inherited from Dior’s founding couturier, alights gently on exceptional new watch creations in the Dior Grand Soir collection, such as the Reine des Abeilles n°10 watch. This iconic creation comes clad in white, rose and yellow gold, diamonds and Tsavorite garnets, as well as pink, yellow and orange sapphires. Embellished with precious stones and iridescent materials, its wings move, offering a sublime ethereal spectacle, to majestic effect. Fitted with a quartz movement and adjustment corrector, this unique piece nestles in a sparkling hive of a case made of white gold and diamond pavé.

08 April
Savoir Faire

Savoir-Faire Video: The Making of the ‘Lady Dior’

08 April
Savoir Faire

The ‘Lady Dior,’ a Lesson in Savoir-Faire

The House’s signature handbag is born from the expert hands of demanding, meticulous and passionate artisans who leave Dior know-how imprinted on its leather. Discover some of the secrets behind the making of an icon.

The Lady Dior is the House’s most emblematic handbag — the one that, for more than twenty years, has been the hallmark of a sophisticated and elegant allure. Everything about it requires the best in leather-crafting know-how at the atelier where it is made, just a few kilometers outside of Florence, Italy. From the most timeless styles, in lambskin, to the most precious, in alligator, everything starts with choosing the skin. Invariably, the selection process follows the same ritual: touching, feeling, examining, observing and scrutinizing every centimeter.

For this Lady Dior in Nude, the artisan cut out its thirty-two elements using patterns and a finely sharpened blade. Next comes the cannage— so named for the crisscross motif also found on the Napoleon III seats placed in Dior’s salons for the very first fashion show, on February 12th 1947 — which is minutely stitched onto the leather.

Then the handles are meticulously hand-mounted, just as the rest of the bag is hand-assembled using a wooden form made-to-measure to its exact proportions. Using his or her hands, the artisan fashions and works the leather to ensure perfect architecture, one that will give it, as Christian Dior wrote, “the unique character of an art object (…) the value of the human hand is irreplaceable because it gives everything it creates that which no machine ever could: poetry and life.”

Elements in matte metal then adorn the bag: eyelets, rivets and charms spelling out the name ‘Dior’ have been revisited in a contemporary version. Each detail, as small as it may be, contributes to the beauty of the whole: the “Christian Dior” hot-stamped on the leather disc alongside the charms is the perfect expression of this. The finishing touch, an adjustable, detachable strap, makes it possible to wear the Lady Dior over the shoulder or cross-body.

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