For over twenty years, Vanessa Bruno's simple and refined creations have helped her achieve extraordinary success. This season, the designer has chosen to set her sights on leather. Find out more in our interview.
MONNIER Frères: It was your tote bag that first made you a success. Can you tell us a little about the origins of this now-iconic bag?
Vanessa Bruno: I still can't believe the success of this bag. It came from a really spontaneous idea: I just had my daughter and I needed a practical bag. I was riding a bike and I needed a spacious tote bag to carry my stuff, the children's stuff and the things I needed for work. It came from there, from my way of life.
M.F.: How do you explain the longevity of this piece?
V.B.: I can't explain it to be quite honest. Every day I am amazed, I still see women and girls wearing it. I think there's something very democratic about it, because I've managed to make lots of versions in different colours and different materials, which means that girls can adapt it to suit them. In the way they experience it, the way they wear it. And I also think it’s shape is pretty timeless; it's extremely elegant and practical but also has a playful and decorative side with the sequins.
M.F.: How is the piece made?
V.B.: The canvas for the tote bags comes from France and the linen from Belgium. Whether linen or cotton, they are made in a workshop near Paris, with which we have worked since the outset.
M.F.: Your raffia bags, however, are created in Madagascar. How did this collaboration come about?V.B.: The raffia tote bag is very different. It is hand-crafted and I really needed to work with a factory that had access to the raw material on site and was able to work with the raffia by hand.