Paris 1876... These were carefree days for the Parisians who flocked to the theatres, the Moulin Rouge, the new department stores and tree-lined boulevards. In Gai Paris, life was for living and enjoying... a time of légèreté. It was during these early years of the Belle Epoque that Alphonse and Angèle Lancel opened a small pipe-making factory at 20, Passage des Petites Ecuries. 1926: After specializing in articles for smokers, Lancel turned its attention to accessories for ladies as well as decorative objects. These new creations included the first handbags, made from tapir, sealskin and suede.
Lancel's emblematic bag. 130 years later... and Lancel continues to celebrate the same carefree spirit, the same French légèreté of sheer elegance with a hint of frivolity. Lancel proudly asserts its history with two new creations that combine a modern style with authentic craftsmanship. Through the two 'faces' of the brand, Laure Manaudou and Alice Taglioni, Lancel pays tribute to women with carefree interpretations of its classic designs. Each Lancel creation tells the story of the spirit that brought it to life: that of Paris, fashion and joie d
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