A leadership change at one of the world’s preeminent accessories houses always brings with it plenty of expectations and intrigue, and now that Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first set of handbags for French powerhouse Dior are in stores, we can get a full sense for the tone she’s trying to set at the brand.
The most immediately notable thing about Chiuri’s Dior is it’s much less formal than that of predecessor Raf Simons. That’s clear in her all-new designs and new, less traditionally feminine logo hardware, but for Dior traditionalists, Chiuri’s casual bent probably makes itself clearest in the new Supple Lady Dior Bag. The classic Lady Dior is rigid, which adds to the bag’s formal feel, and softening it up a bit–both in lambskin and calf, depending on the design–makes it seem like a more versatile option that can fit in relatively easily with a weekend wardrobe.
Even longtime Dior fans who might be slower to warm to the brand’s updated logos and more casual new designs will likely appreciate the addition of casual options among the bag’s classics. Check out 50 of the new bags in stores now; for pricing information, contact your Dior boutique.