Videos: Making Dior and Fournet Bags

(Camille Fournet)

I could watch leather bag making videos all day. Here are two recent finds from Dior and Camille Fournet. It’s nice to see the different variations on a technique and the many ways to make a luxury good.

Making of Dior Mini “BE DIOR” Leather Bag

A multi-part construction with corded edges turning the bag and then adding an insert. Notice the final hardware assembly with gloves to avoid fingerprints on the finish.

Haute Maroquinerie (Camille Fournet)

They spend a full minute of the short video covering the leather selection process including determining the direction of the stretch and finding defects. There are also some nice, albeit short, detailed shots on handle construction.

Making of Ettinger Pinstripe Card Case

A good look at how thin wallet components can be made when making a multi-pocket piece. I love the speed and precision of the woman’s work as she puts it together.

6 replies on “Videos: Making Dior and Fournet Bags

  • Byron

    I appreciate what you do I just wish that we can also be able to have show this craftsmanship from locally artisans, I know we are there, we exist, we just need to take out there and do it for the same reasons they do it.
    Thanks for appreciating this forgotten art and trying to bring it back



    • Delfin Estanislao

      First, thank you for this kind of presentation. I am very much inspired. At the moment, Am trying to make some small leather items and want to make monograms on it. How shall I protect a colored monogram when I start dyeing the background with a combination color ?

    • Paul Fellowes

      Byron, This form of bag construction is not a dying art, it’s mass produced using sewing machines. A dying art is one where all aspects of construction are done by hand, from paring the leather to stitching.

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  • Valerie Drame

    I, too, could watch leather making videos all day. In the first video of the Dior Mini bag, it looks like they attached a bag stiffener to the leather of the insert before installing the insert. Is that the case? I would like to learn to do this.


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