The world of luxe sophistication stays alive on a non-stop flow of creative ideas. After all, this is what makes life absolute fun, exciting and rewarding. And the one luxury accessories item where it’s most applied is a handbag item—something that a woman can’t live without, thus experiencing a magical turnaround in its overall design aesthetic.
So, the designer responsible for making plush clutch bags embroidered with the logos of various countries’ currencies and other vibrant and cheeky art forms is a Paris-based luxury clutch designer Carole Tessier whose eponymous label Preciously Paris seems to have taken everybody by surprise.
Tessier’s first stint happened to be working as an interior designer because she had always been passionate about digging into the artisanal practices in France, leading her to study design and decoration at Académie Charpentier in Paris.Now looking to put her interior design skills into practice, she joined Rémi Tessier’s (one of the world’s most influential interior designers today and now her husband) design agency. “I teamed up with Jean François Lesage to embroider Rémi Tessier’s furniture collection. This incredible art of embroidery and handmade knowledge fascinated me most. I just fell in love with it,” she says.
Since she wanted to wear it herself, she decided to experiment with her vintage jeans first; adorning them with crystals, radiant threads and semi-precious stones. “I was wearing them during Art Basel Miami Beach. Ask me not what happened afterward! People liked my jeans so much so that I started getting personal orders to customize their denim collections,” she says.
Although this business model had the potential to grow, Tessier’s heart and soul wasn’t allowing her to get into it. Rather she was looking for something grand to get involved with. That’s how the idea of designing clutches dawned on her as she puts it this way, “You reveal yourself through your handbags/clutches. You may be considered a serious, classic, funny, luxurious, or original woman. This is the ultimate fashion accessory for a woman.”
All her creations are handmade, which she believes, is a rare thing to find out in today’s world. Therefore, things that make Tessier’s designed clutches unique enough to stand out are primarily her use of traditional embroidery techniques with a funny and arty spirit. “This lively mix makes Preciously Paris very special,” she says.
However, designing such exquisite bags needs a lot of ingenuity, which comes easy to her. Tessier’s inspiration for all this big stuff essentially comes from her travels and the contemporary art exhibitions she keeps visiting.
“I designed clutches with different countries’ bank notes carved into them in order to relive that moment when I first traveled to those amazing places,” she says.
Her clutches are symbolic of luxury fabrics that go into the making of them. “I use Japanese denim, satin and silk velvet. I also collaborate with Toyen Sellers to develop handmade fabrics exclusively for my product line,” she says. “When it comes to collecting rock crystals, I look nowhere but the famous Goossens company in Paris.”
Pepsi colors are Tessier’s favorites and she enjoys matching them with high heel shoes to complement her overall look on any given day.
“If need be, you can contrast your style with a vintage denim jeans,” she says. “I’m usually fond of sexy, cool and feminine style.”
Every collection of hers is aimed at telling some sort of fascinating story that women out there could relate to forever. “I always imagine for which kind of event and in which party I would like to wear my next collection,” Tessier says.
Her precious creations serve to uplift the lifestyle of jet-set women who love handmade products as well as appreciate the quality craft. “They are someone who comes across as having an excellent taste of art. But I don’t have any muses as such. I simply love sexy and chic women, and they are the ones who inspire me,” she says.
It’s not unsurprising that celebs like Beyoncé, Natalia Vodianova, Lauren Santo Domingo, founder of Moda Operandi and famous women bloggers have been spotted carrying Tessier’s clutches. “They enjoy the fun spirit mixed with luxury materials and above all the very Parisian handmade style,” she says. “I feel blessed that they like my designs. I’d love that Amal Clooney soon fall in love with my clutches.”
Tessier’s next collection which will be on handmade fabrics is called “It’s Freezing”. The title does imply to a degree that it’s surely bound to turn heads.
As for adding in new things or features to her brand, Tessier definitely has one in mind at the moment. “I will also devote my time to developing belt collections to match the clutches and I’m hopeful it will certainly complement each other in a nice way. I can’t wait for it to happen,” she says.