The Making of an Hermes Constance Bag by CR Fashion Book (1)

In case you’re not yet familiar with CR Fashion Book, let me explain – the “CR” stands for “Carine Roitfeld,” the incredibly influential and generally brilliant former editor of French Vogue. When she left her former post, she consulted for a little while before forming a new indie magazine, which is pretty great. Also great: the magazine’s look behind the scenes at the construction of the iconic Hermes Constance Bag, which promises to be the first in a series of features on the making of iconic accessories by CR editor Shiona Turini and photographer Ulysse Fréchelin. We’re pretty excited – the pictures from this first outing are beautiful.

CR has taken the unconventional step of using Tumblr to power its official website, which happens to be a great format for big, beautiful, easily shared photos. We’ve shared some more of our favorites below, but you can check out the full editorial feature, plus information from Turini on the history of the bag, where it got its name and the process that goes into making the design a reality, via CRFashionBook.com. For example, did you know that it takes 14 hours of labor by a single artisan to create one of these bags?

I always love photos like these – lifting the veil on exactly how the world’s most beautiful objects are made often unveils a process that’s beautiful in and of itself, especially with a product as painstakingly constructed as an Hermes bag. Since this is the first in a series, which other accessories do you hope make it in front of the CR lens?

The Making of an Hermes Constance Bag by CR Fashion Book (2)

The Making of an Hermes Constance Bag by CR Fashion Book (3)

  • serenading

    wow….

  • peggy

    Every Hermes stores I’ve been to, I’m told they don’t place orders anymore for Kelly or Birkin …Does anyone have heard of this?

  • Rose

    I was just told by a rep at the Hermes store in Paris that they were discontinuing the constance bag.

  • Enzo11

    Yes. Birkins have actually started to over-saturate the market – they are no longer as big of a status symbol as they used to be, since you can now see damned near everyone owning one in many areas. There are actually many better bags out there, but they haven’t reached the same level of snob appeal – yet.

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