A few hours in the single-digit arrondissements of Paris and you might think the French invented the accessory—that frequently unnecessary, often expensive thing hanging from your arm or pinned to your ear. The fashionable traveller to Paris encounters an embarrassingly luxurious problem: where to find a chunk of French chic that won’t cost a fortune nor scream “DUTY FREE”? Fortunately, Florian Denicourt’s dark little shop in the rue Charlot serves up accessories that perfectly match the moment’s mood (and budget).
Bourgeois classics (the leather derby, the cheater’s discreet 24-hour bag, the beach-ready tote) are injected with a syringe-full of rock chic: delicately iridescent patinas applied to richly textured skins and leather-perforation techniques that are both sexy and practical. The bag designs all have the uncanny ability to seem business-like at the office, sporty at the gym, and laid back on a Sunday afternoon in the Marais. Men’s pieces are distinctly masculine and destined to please gentlemen avoiding the dreaded ‘metrosexual man-bag.’