Pénélope, the Only Purse a Parisian Will Ever Need
The Parisian woman is a style icon. Fashionistas all over the globe clamor to learn her secret. Well, here it is: her trusty Pénélope bag, the ultimate accessory to her day.
She throws together a perfectly elegant outfit
British Vogue captured the essence of Parisian style: “Their incontestable renown in the world of fashion isn’t due to their great beauty or their superior taste, it’s down to their unwavering motto: ‘I am me.’”
The Parisian woman makes sure to stay true to herself and let’s go of the rest. As Oscar Wilde put it: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” Her love of simplicity translates to the look she seems to throw together so effortlessly every morning. Like the Pénélope and its gently flaring bellows pockets, she dresses in designs that are elegant and timeless, classic yet sophisticated.
She starts her day at a café
Standing at the counter on rainy days, or seated at a sidewalk table in fine weather, the Parisian woman murmurs a good morning to the waiter who knows her name and how many sugars she takes. On the seat next to her she sets down an ebony-toned Pénélope to match her espresso with a dash of milk. And voila, a postcard-perfect tableau.
She follows brunch with an exhibition
Her good taste in food extends to art, and she combs the city to indulge her insatiable curiosity and discerning aesthetic. She prefers quality over quantity, and it shows. Her appreciation for fine materials and craftsmanship can be seen in the rich leather of the Pénélope she totes on her arm. She has a weakness for the sensual and luxurious feel of the suede cowhide in the new collection that complements the understated elegance of the iconic model.
Her destinations are exclusive, her elegance understated and discreet: her Pénélope is finished with natural cowhide and raw edging. The Longchamp logo is hidden inside like a well-kept style secret.
Out of her way: the Parisian woman is always in a hurry. Her default speed is dash. Striding across the cobblestones without a minute to spare, she stops for nothing and no-one. So her bag needs to be big enough for her iPad, diary, notebook, glasses… just the bare essentials, honestly. The Pénélope tote is even roomy enough to pack a pair of flat shoes for more-hectic-than-usual days. At least she doesn’t have to worry about getting a run when she’s on the run – there’s plenty of space for a spare pair of pantyhose in here.
“Paris is a movable feast,” wrote Hemingway. And the Parisian woman loves to party. After a hectic day at work she hightails it to a bar for drinks, or perhaps an exhibition opening or aftershow party. Far from that frosty stereotype, the Parisian woman delights in whimsical details to liven up her outfit. She can’t resist raising eyebrows by flaunting fringed tassels on her Pénélope tote or handbag.
She bikes around the city
On a cold day – or if she can’t face the subway (again) – the Parisian woman might employ her magic powers to hail a cab in record time. But her favorite way to ride around the city is on her bike. She tosses her Pénélope into the basket, leaving the bag’s smiling handles hanging out and the tassels flapping in the breeze as she pedals off into the sunset.
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