Its distinctive equestrian-inspired curves were reconceived in two formats by the House’s design studio. “I wanted it larger and more robust, but also very colorful, embroidered or with beaded fringe because, like a chameleon, it adapts to all situations,” the Creative Director of the women’s collections explains. To follow the steps in its making, one must set a course for Tuscany, a few kilometers from Florence, and the Dior leatherworking ateliers where it is the only bag from the House that’s constructed on two separate oak wood forms.
With its slightly glossy finish, red supple calf leather is carefully selected and cut out in eleven elements by Marco, a leather expert with forty-three years’ experience. Then another craftsman places the two parts that comprise the flap on a form and shapes the material with his hands. Next, the front and back panels are placed on a second wooden form where the sides and base of the bag will be mounted and sewn to the two central parts. With the bag assembled, the metal pieces embellishing it are added. The “D” is sewn on the leather tab at the front, and the two “CD” buckles are set in place on the sides just before where the strap will be placed. The two attachments allow it to be customized with the addition of a wide canvas strap designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri in several versions and colors.