To create this bag’s relaxed appearance and graphic motif, Maria Grazia Chiuri plunged into the House archives, drawing inspiration from an hypnotic drawing made by Marc Bohan in 1967. Necessitating more than thirty-seven hours of work and over one-and-a-half million stitches, each Christian Dior Book Tote in Dior Oblique Canvas canvas is entirely embroidered in a family-run workshop in Italy.
Under the seamstresses’ watchful eyes, sewing machines totally embroider the gray ground, producing beige motifs then midnight blue letters. It’s this layering of three different colors that creates a relief and a unique optical effect. Then, once the excess threads are trimmed by laser, the edges are sewn to ensure precision and strength.
The next steps in its manufacture take place in the House’s own leatherworking ateliers in the Florentine hinterland. Here the artisan begins by mounting the two handles that are to be sewn on the front and back panels of the bag and that, due to their length, allow for hand or shoulder wear. Embossed with gold ribbon on leather, the legend “Christian Dior Paris, Made in Italy” is placed inside the Dior Book Tote. Before its arrival in boutiques and its final quality control, the artisan assembles the bag’s lateral and central parts.
Discover the secrets behind the making of the Dior Book Tote in Dior Oblique canvas.