Presenting Joseph Duclos And The New Diane Bag…


It’s not every day one gets to introduce a completely new handbag from a ‘new’ luxury house, but today’s the day. Joseph Duclos is the latest of revived houses in recent years, one that was first established in 1754 when French King Louis XV recognised the quality of Duclos’ work and decreed royal warrants to him. With 100 craftsmen, the artisans were encouraged to develop the best leatherworking innovations with unique finishes, with an eye to improve the craft and standards of the luxury leather industry.

Today, Joseph Duclos is located at 54, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, offering 4 main pillars comprising bags, small leather goods, jewellery and scents for the discerning woman (and man, of course). At its helm now is Artistic Director Ramesh Nair, who was formerly with Hermès and then Moynat, a man intent on only using the finest French materials and sustainable savoir faire that will cater to an international audience.


What’s more, each bag is numbered and bears the name of the artisan who made it, in keeping with the label’s mission to create artisanal products ‘that will last for generations’, to quote Nair. Which brings us to the main subject of today’s post, the new Diane bag created by Nair himself as a showpiece for the house. Dedicated to the goddess of the hunt, think of it as a chic yet modern shoulder bag crafted in leathers that will show patina over time. It’s finished with a top handle and a brass-engraved frame that goes under the bag that one assumes is to provide structure, as well as that extra glint of shine when the light hits the brass frame.


To be offered in 2 distinct sizes (it measures some 26 cm by 16.5 cm by 8 cm, as well as a smaller one that measures 20 cm by 14 cm by 7 cm), the Diane can be worn over the shoulder (or across the body) by way of a removable shoulder sling, with the arrow-shaped front clasp inspired by the mythological goddess Diana. Another remarkable feature? The interior of the bag is lined with natural goat leather, reinforcing the house’s mantra of only using the best leathers inside and out.

Priced at EUR6300 and EUR5000 respectively, you can expect it in colours like Bleu de Cognac, Black, Chestnut and Poppy, and while Joseph Duclos doesn’t have a physical presence outside of Paris right now, you can find out more via their online site. So if you are now on a hunt for something that’s truly unique and one-of-a-kind, all you need is to send them an email to secure one for yourself.

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