The Making of Dior Book Tote

Lindsay Judge   |   30-06-2018


Presented at the spring-summer 2018 ready-to-wear show, this version of the Dior Book Tote bag carried by one of the models lends a laidback and summery allure.


Conceived and developed in the House’s design studio in Paris, this fully-embroidered bag was produced in a family-run atelier located in the region of Umbria, also known as “Italy’s green heart”.



A single bag requires more than thirty-two hours of work and over one million two hundred thousand stitches. In addition, this bag necessitated three different kinds of embroidery stitches. For example, on the front of the bag, the “Christian Dior Paris” signature was realized using a top-stitching technique that creates a relief effect.



Once they have been made, the five pieces of the Dior Book Tote are then inspected and quality-controlled before being sent to the House’s leather ateliers located in the Florentine hinterland.


The artisan begins by mounting the two handles sewn with reinforcements on the front and back panels of the bag. Their length allows for hand or shoulder wear, and their round shape guarantees total comfort. A discreet signature, the legend “Christian Dior Paris, Made in Italy”, embossed with gold ribbon on leather, is placed inside. Then, using a sewing machine, the artisan can assemble the tote’s lateral and central parts.


Following a final quality control, the bag is ready to be worn.




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