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Colette Messenger




We think our Colette Messenger Bag is the prettiest oversized bag around. We created a classic vintage French book bag with a romantic front flap that is beautifully crafted from hand embroidered silk embroidered silk – reclaimed from a Circa 1920 Antique Canton Shawl you may recognize as a “Piano Shawl”. The elaborate embroidered deep black silk crepe panel of ivory chinoiserie flowers and foliage is framed on three sides with intricate long pure silk fringes. Our softly structured body and extra long strap has been double lined in woven linen blend to make it study enough to carry your laptop. You will love our exclusive messenger bag pattern and the bohemian style of this luxurious one of a kind messenger bag.

One of a kind
• Antique Hand Embroidered Silk from C. 1920 Canton Shawl in lilac
• Elaborate hand embroidery in lilac tone on tone
• Hand Woven Antique Pure Silk Fringe in ivory
• Woven Linen Blend body, lining and strap
• Overall front Measurements 14″  x   16″
• Deep Gusset Bottom
• Across body length shoulder strap
• Exclusively Crafted at Le Nouveaurose Studio – USA



Product Description

As our signature design, this Colette Messenger Bag is beautifully hand crafted using meticulous Couture sewing techniques. We use the finest Antique and vintage textiles throughout our Collection of clothing and decor making every item exclusive and one of a kind. Imperfections due to age are a natural characteristic we believe lends to the inherent beauty of our heirloom creations. 



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* The Canton Shawl : In 1565 the Manilla galleon trade route from Manilla, through the northern Pacific around Japan opened the door for the Spanish King to allow Filipino’s to trade with China. A large square silk “Canton Shawl” with elaborate embroidery arrived in the Philipines, and soon became known as the Manton de Manilla. Early embroidered themes of frogs, Chinese people, scenes, birds and flowers transitioned into floral and foliage themes that were popular in Seville. Fashionable Spanish women wanted deep fringes to be added around the borders so there would be movement of the fringes, and call attention to the wearer.

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