Joseph Duclos’s story begins in 1754, with Joseph Duclos, a merchant from France. Duclos was responsible for furnishing French royalty with the finest leathers, and in 1754 his tannery, known as Royal Leather Manufacture, obtained royal patents from King Louis XV for its exceptional leathers. The tannery brought together the best craftsmen in France with unparalleled expertise in leathercraft.
While its production ceased more than a century ago, that history is what inspires the brand to this day, which has been revived by creative director Ramesh Nair, formerly of Hermès and Moynat. The Joseph Duclos heritage remains still to this day, and it is present in all the bags and small leather goods the brand creates. This commitment to quality and craft has caught the eyes of even the pickiest of luxury shoppers. Just take a scroll through the Joseph Duclos Thread on tPF, and you can read all about members experiences with the brand.
A Fan Favorite: The Diane
The Diane collection is defined by its arrow-shaped clasp, forged in gilded or palladium-plated brass with fine engraving. The leathers chosen are meant to age over time into a beautiful patina, developing a stunning natural look. The name Diane is said to pay homage to a muse who is powerful and mysterious. Just like that muse, the Diane, which has become a favorite amongst fans, is said to be designed to exude a natural elegance. The Diane Collection features top-handle silhouettes as well as crossbody bags, clutches, and small leather goods. Retail begins at 2,200 EUR for a small phone bag to 6,600 EUR for leather and beyond for exotics. Discover more now via Joseph Duclos
New and Noteworthy
For those who prefer a more understated option, there’s the new Fontélie Bag, which is an elegant design meant for everyday wear. It has a top handle plus an adjustable strap for shoulder or crossbody wear and a sleek envelope flap closure. The simple design suits the Concerto Leather perfectly, which is soft and has a matte finish with a nice grain. There are a range of styles, like small leather goods and clutches, under the Fontélie umbrella.
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