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.