Cartier Louis Cartier Fine Leather Goods Collection

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cartier_louis-cartier-flg-collection1You’ve already read (and seen) most of Cartier’s new Jeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods collection, from my favourite Jeanne Toussaint Asymmetric Clutch to the other pieces in the collection, including the Jeanne Toussaint Chain Bag and the totes which come in 2 sizes.

But enough about the ladies, here’s something just for the boys. Besides creating a collection in homage to Jeanne Toussaint, Creative Director of Accessories Marlin Yuson also drew on another legend of the house, Louis Cartier, for the new mens collection. The man who started it all, the collection is dedicated to his genius, one who dreamt of faraway adventures and the spirit of travel.

cartier_louis-cartier-flg-collection2Which brings us to the key bag of this collection, the Louis Cartier Bag, an elegant tribute to the man and his wanderlust. Made of caramel-coloured full-grain leather, it takes over five square metres of it, along with fifteen metres of thread and over 100 steps to create it. Measuring 49.5 cm across by 25 cm in height, the barrel-shaped duffel is beautifully finished with palladium-finished hardware, from its sleek side buckles to the tiniest of logos on the top of the bag, taken from the archives and given new life in this exquisite piece.

cartier_louis-cartier-flg-collection3Another bag that’s worth checking out is this accompanying piece, the Louis Cartier Document Holder, which employs the same craftsmanship and level of detailing dedicated to the former. 40 cm across by 29.5 cm, the briefcase comes in two colours (Black and Caramel), with a bevy of pockets and slots on the inside, and is guaranteed to make even the most disorganised of businessmen weep with joy. Priced at SGD5100and SGD4350 respectively for the bags, you’ll find both, along with some other pieces including a messenger and a portfolio clutch at Cartier boutiques islandwide.

Luxe, polished and sleek. It’s true what everyone’s been saying, Cartier’s bags are really coming into their own now.

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Cartier Jeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods Collection

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cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection1You could say I’m biased, but having already previewed Cartier’s full collection ofJeanne Toussaint Fine Leather Goods way back in February in Paris, there’s nothing I don’t personally adore with the exception of a few details, but that’s just me being me. All in all, it’s a great collection that’s nothing like you’ve ever seen Cartier do before in terms of bags, and that’s saying a lot especially if you’re familiar with their existing offerings.

cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection3But that’s all in the past. Which in some serendipitous way is how Creative Director of Accessories Marlin Yuson drew inspiration from this collection. Paying homage to a great lady who was an important creative force at Cartier for many years, you’ll see many subtle details from the archives: from jewelled clasps to the design of the chain sling incorporated into contemporary styles that are not only beautiful, but are also pretty functional as well.

cartier_jeanne-toussaint-flg-collection2On the left, the Jeanne Toussaint Chain Bag, on the right, the Jeanne Toussaint Asymmetric Clutch

The collection isn’t a huge one either, just 3 distinct styles that come in various sizes with emphasis on the quality of the leather as well as the finer details (which I’m fussy about), from the stitching (I’ve checked) to the way the clasps open and close (I’ve checked those too) to how everything feels and works (I tried them all out, weighing each bag mentally, posing with the bags in the mirror, much to the amusement of everyone related to the collection who was at 13 Rue de la Paix that day).

There is the Tote Bag, which comes in 3 variations, one with an additional zip compartment at the bottom, great for swopping out your heels for flats after a long day day at work, the regular Tote Bag that’s great for work, as well as the Mini Tote Bagthat’s just 29.5 tall cm by 21.5 cm wide and as cute as a button.

Then there’s the Chain Bag, the elegant work companion that you can wear 3 ways. Featuring a front flap with killer detailing as far as the hardware is concerned, this is the one that looks set to be a classic in her own right.

Last but not least, my personal favourite and the one bag boys can also pull off confidently from the Jeanne Toussaint FLG collection. Simply known as the Asymmetric Clutch, I like to think of it as the kind of clutch old men bring to casinos but loads more contemporary and stylish, and one that won’t look out of place most anywhere.

I could go on and on, but because I’m not a fan of posts that go on forever and a day (there will be more updates as far as the individual styles are concerned, so hang in there), I’ll just leave you with one of the new videos celebrating this collection, and a reminder to make a mental note to visit Cartier soon where the bags are already available. Or you could just head online and check out the full range (and their respective prices) for yourself.

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