Heritage Leather Goods Brand Létrange Relaunches

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PARIS — Paris has a new reawakened heritage luxury leather goods brands in its midst: Létrange — with seventh-generation family member Sébastien Létrange behind the reboot. Overseeing the artistic direction of the brand is Mathias Jaquemet, the former senior bag designer at Christian Dior Couture. The company’s debut collection has entered the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann store here on exclusive. Létrange was founded in 1838 by Auguste Lespiaut, a saddler at the former stables of the Palais du Louvre, and at one time was bigger than Hermès in size, according to its reviver. As the company grew, the range of goods, as a supplier to the French army and the post office among other diverse clients, spanned hunting and travel accessories and molded leather bicycle and photography equipment, said the entrepreneur during an interview at the brand’s atelier in the eastern Paris suburb of Montreuil. The firm at its height had a Parisian workshop and sprawling factory in Montargis in the Loiret region. “At one point the company had grown so big there were plans to enter the stock exchange, but then World War I hit,” said Létrange. Over its history the firm moved from being a leather goods specialist to a high-end shirtmaker for clients

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