The Pont des Arts is a charming pedestrian Parisian bridge famous the world over for being a global destination for couples in love. Traditionally, couple would attach a padlock and chain to the iron railings, etched with their initials, as a sign of their enduring love. Over the years this 19th structure, which links Paris’ trendy south bank with the Louvre museum, had become weighed down with these romantic symbols. Although these heavy padlocks have now been removed from the bridge, Pont des Arts remains a symbol of eternal romance around the world. Having been featured in paintings, song and cinema, this beautiful monument now inspires a new Charriol handbag collection.
The Pont des Arts range, overseen by Charriol’s Artistic Director, Alexandre Charriol, includes 12 beautiful handbags in seven different styles, and three elegant wallets. The bags feature gold hardware such as chains and padlocks, inspired by the iconic story of the bridge.
The names of each bag - Conti, Lodi, Seine, Dauphine, Mazarine, Caroussel and Bonaparte - reference the streets and landmarks that lie around this storied structure. Many of the bags and wallets are cleverly designed to have two functions: a cross-body bag can double up as a backpack whilst the wallets are elegant enough to act as an evening clutch. Each accessory displays the ‘Charriol’ logo and insignia as a sign of style and quality.
True to Charriol’s commitment to luxurious, refined materials, the handbags are made from structured or rigid leather. Many come in an optional variant of python embossed leather, which echoes the luxurious and bohemian trends seen on the catwalks in recent seasons. A palette of charcoal, blush, prune, turquoise, onyx, cobalt, burgundy and forest take these bags effortlessly through the seasons.
Among the seven styles, Lodi is a soft yet structured bucket bag with a chain and padlock detail; Caroussel is a stylish bucket bag that doubles as a backpack. Bonaparte is the perfect everyday tote whilst Conti is a compact and feminine cross-body satchel. Seine is a structured bowling bag with top handles and can double as a satchel. Dauphine is the ultimate, perfect-sized shoulder handbag with handy front pocket detail, and Mazarine is a roomy top-handled bag with double straps. The Pont des Arts long wallets come in four styles: with an envelope closure, a full zip or snap closure or with a fine strap, which switches these wallets into an elegant evening bag.