The Making Of An Especially Intricate Fendi Baguette Bag

A new limited edition of the iconic style was hand – embroidered with a centuries – old techniques.

PARIS, France – In 1997, the Fendi Baguette debuted in a rainbow of shades kicking off the hedonistic It bag era, a time that was as carefree as it now seems distant. Just like the golden bread it’s named for, which the French are known to carry under their arms, the petite shoulder bag has never gone out of style. But now its architect, Silvia Venturini Fendi, the brand’s 60-year-old artistic director of accessories and men’s wear, is reimagining the Baguette as a vehicle through which to explore her country’s enduring relationship to craft.

Part of Fendi’s Hand in Hand initiative – a collection of limited – edition Baquettes made using different artisanal traditions in workshops representing each of Italy’s 20 regions – this piece is embroidered in a densely rococo style called bandera. The method, which is named for the cotton honeycomb fabric it was once practiced on, originated in the 17th century in the Piemonte region of northwest Italy. For its version, Fendi hired artisans at a workshop called Castello di Pralormo Design near Turin, where the countess Consolata Beraudo di Parlormo helped resuscitate the technique in 1992.t will eventually be used to make 10 unique Baguettes, painstakingly executing the elaborate floral and cascading ribbon motif in the characteristic gradient style that emphasizes the embroidery’s three – dimensionality. The stitch work itself, which in this case is done on jacquard woven with the FF logo, takes 40 50 50 hours to complete. After that, the cloth is sent to the Fendi workshop in Florence, where it is hand – cut and molded into the house’s iconic rectangular shape.

Of all of the Baguette’s new incarnations, the bandera style is particularly special to Venurini Fendi. Her great – grandmother Paola was from Turin (Paola’s son Edoardo and his wife, Adele, started the company in 1925), and the designer can remember a sofa and two small gilt armchair embroidered in the opulent style in Paolo’s living room. ‘I want to remind people that behind beautiful things are real people, not machines’, Venutini Fendi says. ‘To me, bandera is the ultimate example of that’.