We have a pretty full agenda when we do the three-day Paris portion of our “Paris and Provence” trips. Most of our guests have already been to Paris at least once, and so this is a return visit with more of an insider bent. We brush over the tourist highlights and focus instead on seeing Paris through the eyes of a native, taking public transportation, visiting local stores, touring smaller museums and strolling through our favorite parks and neighborhoods. Inevitably one such stroll will take us to the St. Sulpice area, down the “shoe capital” street of Rue de Grenelle and over to one of my favorites, the tiny and hidden rue du Cherche Midi, that winds its way past little boutiques before dumping into the larger avenue Raspail on the other side.
I’m very familiar with this neighborhood because I’ve been going there for years, ostensibly to accompany my husband to his favorite bakery (the original Poilane boulangerie) but actually to visit my favorite handbag store, Loxwood, which happens to be almost next door. I fell in love with the Loxwood brand over ten years ago, and knew that I could get my husband to the store by luring him with a “tartine” at the Poilane lunch counter next door to the bakery. And so visiting Poilane, and Loxwood, became a regular activity any time we went to Paris.
Loxwood is a Parisian brand of all leather bags that was launched over twenty years ago. Stylish, luxurious and surprisingly affordable, these leather bags are designed and produced by a small group of artisans in a Paris studio, using old fashioned stitchery and finished by hand. Their credo is “less is more” and their designs are classic, streamlined, simple and practical.
I bought my first bag in 2004, in a pretty hounds tooth pattern and a signature tassel, and I’m happy to say that the styles haven’t changed much since then.
It didn’t occur to me that we could actually carry Loxwood in the store until I met the owners a few years ago at a wholesale show in Paris. In order to convince them that we would be a good match for their store, I described every Loxwood bag I’ve ever owned and got their nod and a handshake. So we tentatively dipped our toes in the handbag import business and quickly learned that our customers loved the bags as much as we did. Now they’re front and center in our new store, with the very latest styles that we saw last week at their iconic store on the rue du Cherche Midi.
If you have the urge to live the life of a true Parisienne, come to Paris with us, and we’ll take you to the original Loxwood store. But if you can’t make it next March or September, when we offer our trips, we’ll be happy to see you at our new Huff Harrington Home, at 3872 Roswell Road. C’est formidable!
And we’ve got lots of Loxwoods too.
P.S. Be sure to visit our trips pages on our website. We are offering 5 different kinds of trips to France next year, each one focused on a different theme, from culture, to painting, to shopping, to touring.