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Tribute to history: L’Angèle handbag by Lancel

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Among the few hundred year-old luxury houses that are still in existence today – Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Loewe to name a few – it’s probably Lancel that gets the least attention, especially from those who are just beginning to learn about fashion.

Maybe it’s because there’s no screaming logos that arrivistes want in a designer bag, or because there’s no iconic design that has become synonymous with an elegant celebrity or a Monégasque royal, but it’s this relative obscurity among the new generation of fashion consumers that makes the brand even more desirable for the loyal few.

Throw in a look back at its long history in the luxury leather goods business – and Angèle Lancel, the woman who created the brand in 1876 – and you’ve got yourself a hot seller. On the occasion of Lancel’s 135th anniversary, the brand has created the L’Angèle, a classic piece which pays tribute to the maison’s founder.

Reminiscent of the standard “lady of the classics” bag, the L’Angele bears a feminine construction that portrays a modern remake of one of the house’s vintage pieces from the 60’s, evidenced in its generous lines, and the curves of its champagne coloured “bijouterie de sac” (metal fittings) inspired by the original turnstile clasp.

In smooth Catalonian vegetal leather treated with chestnut, mimosa and quebracho extracts, L’Angèle is available in 6 colours, black, bourbon, mocha, ivory, pepper and red 1876. The suede lining and saddle stitching display the mastery of fine leatherwork. A two-toned model, ivory cotton and bourbon leather, a companion, and a mini wallet complete this “tribute” collection.

The L’Angele will be available at Lancel boutiques across the UAE from December 2011 and will retail for AED 7,546.

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