High Fashion In Paris; The Capital of Couture

The French capital’s fashion industry dates far back as the 17th century, and despite its ups and downs, it thrives and maintains its reputation as the world’s leading fashion city. Paris has quite a number of designers that are stylish and technically innovative and have helped the city maintain its reputation.

In the 18th century, couturier Rose Bertin was named the Minister for Fashion and the position was still retained in the Napoleonic era. Initially, it was the rich and powerful telling the designers what they wanted to wear, but in the 19th century, this changed. It was, surprisingly, an Englishman working in Paris who became the father of modern Haute Couture when Charles Worth put his name on his clothing labels. He went a step further by creating designs based on his own ideas and displaying them on live models so that clients could approve or disapprove. The novelty was a success and designers then began to dictate what was fashionable.

From then on, it was understood that any designer, whether for clothes, shoes, or even hand-stitched designer handbags who wanted to be successful, had to be in Paris to become part of a couture house or form their own. Paris was the home of high fashion shows and all the high fashion magazines were either based in or looked to Paris for information. For women throughout the Western world, Paris is the home of high fashion.

Other big cities such as London, New York, and Milan have also influenced fashion in one way or another, especially during the War II, but high fashion designers returned to Paris and couture reigned again. Why is Paris the capital of high fashion today? This is so because little has changed, despite the drop in the number of couture houses. The most important high fashion shows still take place in Paris and more aspiring designers go to the city to learn and showcase their work than they do in London, New York or Milan.

The French’s impact on the fashion industry is fascinating and has even affected the design elements of Beau Satchelle’s bespoke leather handbags, cases and connoisseur luxuries which are hand-stitched luxury goods crafted in Detroit, USA.

Consequently, Detroit is well known to have some connections with France. In the early 1700s, France’s Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac persuaded France’s superiors to build a settlement in “le Detroit” using the river to open a trading post which was named Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit. Fort Pontchartrain was used as a storehouse and stockade for fur trading with the local Native American tribes. Later, in 1760, Fort Detroit was a casualty of war and turned over to the British during the French and Indian War.

You can read this blog post written about our cities French Connection here: Detroit’s French Connection

The British ruled the fort differently from the French and limited the ability of the Native Americans to trap and hunt fur. Overharvesting became a threat to the beaver pelt trade and by the 1830s, influenced by changing fashions in Europe, the price of fur collapsed and the fur trade had begun its decline, never to recover.

Early accessories were made from vegetation, animal hides or textiles. Leather hides were engineered into early belts to hold together cloths in the body. Early bags or pouches were created to carry small possessions such as weapons, tools, food and money. These accessories evolved as time progressed.

As technology advanced, clothing became more practical as high fashion became evident and trends began to move towards more stylish and decorative styles, depending on the locality and culture.

So how does Beau Satchelle make its mark in Detroit? We believe in our work of creating individually designed, handcrafted, and hand-stitched luxury bespoke goods made with some of the finest leathers and exotic skins which will cater to anyone who is looking for minimalistic style and quality craftsmanship, wrapped in a beautiful product. -The Beau Satchelle Team

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