Quality materials, timeless style and free of logos so as to let the individual’s signature and personality shine. Enter the latest French handbag company quickly becoming the choice of French women and beyond: Polène.
A French family founded business run by three siblings with the goal of remaining independent by eliminating the middlemen as a way to keep the prices fair, Polène offers luxury design at a mid-bag price. Okay, now they have my full attention.
Immediately I was interested as the day handbag, their signature — Numero Un — is an ideal size being smaller than a tote, but larger than a shoulder bag. I can visualize errand running, day trips to and fro for appointments, lunches, drinks and even travel if I have a carry-on.
Available for under $420, the materials are sourced from Europe with the leather from Spanish, French and Italian tanneries, twilled cotton for the interior from Germany and each bag handmade in Ubrique, Spain, involves craftsmanship demonstrating their attention to detail (see this video). All designs are created in France, and there are many more than the Numero Un. From the mini to the Numero Deux and Sept which both offer a more square structure, to a wristlet, the color options for all designs are seemingly endless.
I could go on and on, but if you are in the market for a quality handbag that will last for years, be sure to check out Polène. If you are wondering about the inside of the bag, this video shares a very clear look inside (one zipper pocket, two slide pockets and an exterior back pocket). The straps are adjustable as well, and the lining matches the color of the leather you have chosen.
Currently, I am in the market for a mid-size day bag that is the perfect size between my day tote and clutch. So I am saving up! Although, I might need all of the time during which I am saving to decide which color to choose – there are so many! 🙂 What a lovely dilemma.
~If you happen to be in Paris, be sure to stop into their shop in the 4th arrondisement – 48 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie.