It's safe to say that if you have an Instagram account and a relative interest in fashion, you're well aware that the Dior Book tote is the hottest bag around. Seen on the arm of countless celebrities and influencers, we can't seem to get away from the Book tote or its sister bag, the Saddle.
Maria Grazia-Chiuri has a way of not only revamping timeless pieces but also introducing It-bags. She edged up the classic Lady Dior and Diorama bags by adding studded embellishment, fabric embroidered detail and a new logo charm font. She debuted the beloved J'Adior and DiorAddict bags that basically flew off the shelves as soon as they landed in stores. She's brought back the iconic Saddle bag - a style we thought we said goodbye to in the late 90s - early 00s after everyone followed suit of Carrie Bradshaw and Paris Hilton.
With her flair for making the old new again, Grazia-Chiuri often plunges back to the Dior archives for references. Given the current "logo mania" trend, this comes at a perfect time. Opening the Spring / Summer 2018 show, the Book tote made its debut and instantly became a House essential. The Dior Oblique reinterprets the brand's heritage canvas-print and the vintage-esque design actually pushes it forward into the contemporary fashion scene. The Book tote draws inspiration from one of Marc Bohan's drawings in 1967 during his Dior era.
Hand crafted in a family-run workshop in Italy, each Dior Oblique canvas takes thirty-seven hours and 1.5 million stitches to create. With three layers of ground fabric sewed and embroidered together, the beige motif and blue lettering is produced. The edges are then sewn together and excess threads are carefully trimmed with a laser to produce a clean and precise finish. The canvas is then sent to Dior's leather-working atelier in Florentine, where the artisan carefully mounts the two handles by sewing them on either side of the panels. The bag is then sewn together to create a structured, durable silhouette.
Though mini bags continue to dominate runways and the wardrobes of fashion lovers everywhere, the Dior Book tote is the exception. Could this be the bag to rotate the cycle from tiny accessories back to large ones? We all love a mini bag we can throw across our bodies and go about our days handsfree, but practicality might surpass trendiness when fashion and function are perfectly balanced. For those of us who like to carry our whole worlds with us wherever we go, totes are simply the only option. With the abundance of mini accessories, seeing the Book bag's runway debut was definitely a relief to the tote-lovers of the world.
Though larger bags tend to typically appeal to the middle-aged woman, another knack Maria Grazia-Chiuri possesses is creating youth-driven models. Dior had a reputation for being a sophisticated brand beloved by a more mature clientele, however Grazia-Chiuri transformed Dior into a modern, fashion-forward brand attracting millennials. The Book tote is no exemption, especially since the majority of owners are younger women. Perfect for students, professionals, travel lovers, or individuals in search of an every day bag, the Book tote is the ideal companion.
By: Isabel de Carteret