If you’ve been following me on social media, I’m sure you know my style and my love for good-quality designer fashion items. Besides The Row, Khaite, and Toteme, Lemaire is the brand that I pull inspiration from the most in recent years. Lemaire design aesthetic exudes luxury without being loud and excessive. No visible logo! I love the color palettes which include mostly neutrals and designs that are simple, elegant, and practical. Their pieces are beautiful, playful, and discrete at the same time. Additionally, everything is mostly unisex!
Lemaire was founded by the French designer Christophe Lemaire in 1990. Christophe became a creative director at Lacoste and Hermès, and in 2014, he decided to return his full attention to his own line, this time co-designing with his design and life partner Sarah Linh Tran.
In 2019, Lemaire started their collaboration with Uniqlo and launched Uniqlo U—a line of affordable, yet signature Lemaire silhouettes. And I can’t wait for Lemaire x exclusive SSENSE Capsule Collection, read more here!
LEMAIRE Khaki Small Croissant Bag
Material: Nappa Lambskin, textile (cotton canvas lining in beige)
Made in Spain
Color: Dark Olive/Khaki
H7 x W15 x D2 in
I’m 5ft5, and the bag strap fits comfortably above my hip bone. I love the thick leather strap, and it’s super comfortable on the shoulder. The strap is NOT adjustable. Design details such as the padded pull tab (their signature design piece, sold individually here), the knotted detailing at both ends of the strap, and the ‘croissant’ shaped bag are some of my absolute favorite things. The leather feels so soft and luxurious, and it makes me smile every time I look at it I don’t know why.
Lemaire Croissant bags come in 3 sizes, small, medium, and large, and 3 different types of materials, soft Nappa leather, and coated cotton. Coated cotton has a crisp texture and a shiny finish, and the paper leather is lightweight with a slightly shiny finish.
WATCH THE BAG STYLED IN ACTION
So I hope you’re not surprised at this point that this review is a POSITIVE one from the start! I took advantage of the SSENSE sale and did get it from the men’s section for a slightly cheaper price. I’ve been really into dark olive and brown shades this year, so the khaki color is the right choice. The bag is so practical and perfect for wandering the streets of New York City. It pairs effortlessly with everything I have in my closet, and I love touching the leather. Just an adorable bag I’m so happy to have purchased finally. Lastly, I adore Lemaire as one of the brands that stay true to themselves and do their own things, regardless of trends and the fast-paced environment (things going on digitally, especially social media).
cashmere sweater: Old Celine (thrifted from Tokio 7, a consignment shop in East Village, NYC) | skirt: COS | bag: Lemaire | loafers: GUCCI | earrings: AURATE NY
Acne Studios wool sweater | Jenni Kayne cotton sweater | Lisa Yang cashmere sweater | Lemaire wool sweater
If you’re in the market for a cross-body bag but an affordable version, I’d highly suggest this bag from COS as it’s my most worn bag of 2022. I get compliments all the time, and people think it’s from The Row. It’s not the same style but gives a very similar effect to the Lemaire croissant bag. I have the COS bag in black and the Lemaire bag in dark olive and love both of my bags. They’re both so practical and somethings I do see myself switching back and forth depending on the outfit and occasion.
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