Hallmarks of the Brand

The first bags Etienne ever made were while he was working in a bookbinding shop where he was taught to make bags by his foreman using a flat machine.

Hallmarks of the Brand

Made of worn, handmade linen sheets that farmers used
to wrap around the harvested grain. For the trim, he cut old leather goods found in attics into strips.

Hallmarks of the Brand

Etienne often casted hardware from found objects. The dome stud and metal keepers were some of the most common hardware pieces found throughout his designs.

Hallmarks of the Brand

Leather edges were cut and burnished. Corners and
trims were hand skived and creased.


Etienne took castings and inspiration from found objects in his everyday life. Most of our hardware details are taken from the archives. Metal keepers, tiny turn locks and horseshoe buckles are just some of his signatures we call ours today.

Introducing Etienne Aigner

Making your own luck is the story of one man that inspired the birth of one brand. Etienne Aigner. An international man of optimism. A resourceful spirit with the uncanny ability to take burlap and turn it into an object of desire.

Then And Now

Hallmarks of the Brand

“When a woman looked inside her bag, She found whatever she needed. I had made pockets to
distribute everything.”

Horn Hardware

A tradition still carried out in many of our jewelry and accesssory hardware designs.

Dome Stud

A signature detail on several of Etienne's Bags, something that has been carried on in many of today's designs.

Linen Fabric

At the time, most high-end designers made handbags in leather and only leather. Etienne wanted to stand out by using different materials.

Leather Trim

Etienne used old leather goods from his attic
and cut them into strips.

Thermostat Flap Satchel
Circa. 1958

Etienne often took hardware castings from everyday objects. Case in point: the thermostat closure.

Drawstring Bag
Circa. 1957

Etienne designed the drawstring for his wife. Giving her an easy access bag while getting around on her bike.

Linen Round Bottom Satchel
Circa. 1957

This horn closure quickly became one of Etienne's signature hardware pieces.

Semi Circle Basket Bag
Circa. 1958

Wicker was a natural evolution from burlap and linen.

Cornhusk Flap Satchel
Circa. 1958

Cornhusk and dome studs make for a beautiful and distinctive combination.

East West Box Satchel
Circa. 1957

This classic satchel was one of Etienne's first and most well known handbag designs.

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